Five Izakayas to Visit in Bangkok for Chill Nights With Friends
by: The Beat Asia
October 09, 2023
Izakaya. This Japanese bar's delight lies in its simplicity. Popular throughout Japan, the izakaya is beloved for its casual and informal air, as well as affordable dishes and alcoholic beverages that appeal to the common salaryman. It roughly translates to "stay, drink, shop" and serves as the perfect spot for after-work chow and cheers.
Although almost five thousand miles away from Japan, you can bet that Bangkok has enough izakayas in the area to give justice to this unique dining culture. For chill nights with friends, head to these five izakayas in Bangkok!
If there's slow living, there's also slow eating, and the Sindhorn Kempinski Hotel champions this through Ki Izakaya, a "slow-paced, eat-and-drink-as-you-go-style Japanese restaurant" known for its comfortable, informal, and relaxed ambience.
This izakaya is regarded for its menu, comprising small plates and one-dish meals, as well as its wide range of highballs, whiskies, sakes, and beers. For a proper izakaya experience, don't miss its skewered meats, such as the A5 Premium Wagyu Kushi (THB990), Gyu Kushi made of Australian Wagyu (THB280), and Hotate Kushi comprising Hokkaido scallop (THB690), among many others. Reserve a table here.
Location: Ki Izakaya, Sindhorn Kempinski Hotel Bangkok, 80 Soi Tonson, Lumpini, Pathumwan
75 Fusion Izakaya
If your goal is to have your fill of various yummy dishes, 75 Fusion Izakaya, nestled in THA City Loft Hotel, is worth checking out. This izakaya melds Japanese, Korean, and Thai cuisine under one roof, from kushiyaki (skewered and grilled items), sushi, and sashimi to crispy Korean chicken wings, spicy seafood jjampong, and chicken feet! For something more filling, 75 Fusion Izakaya offers a special lunch menu comprising curry rice, sauteed vegetables and rice, and rich and loaded noodle soups.
Location: 75 Fusion Izakaya, THA City Loft Hotel, Soi Sukhumvit 63, Phra Khanong Nuea, Watthana
This Japanese restaurant focuses on free-range chicken grilled over Binchotan charcoal. It takes pride in its commitment to only serving the best chicken, namely chickens from contract farms in Thailand that have been raised to ensure their meat is flavourful and has moderate elasticity. Sit down and enjoy signature dishes like char-grilled chicken skewers, mushroom and prosciutto salad, karaage, oyakodon, and desserts like matcha tiramisu and matcha parfait.
Location: Jidori Ken, 10/12 Soi Sukhumvit 26, Klongton
This establishment is known for being the first hamayaki-style izakaya in Thailand. Hamayaki roughly translates to seafood cooked on a beach, and this is what Kenshin replicates by only serving the freshest, highest-quality seafood imported straight from Japan and grilled on a Japanese stove. It's the place to be for after-work grub and drinks with friends, thanks to its wide range of beers and mixed drinks and raw and cooked seafood. Don't miss its burned saba, salmon roe rice bowl, grilled salmon, salmon and tuna sashimi, foie gras unagi rice bowl, and more.
Location: Kenshin Izakaya, 575 Sukhumvit Road, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana
Jua is a modern izakaya nestled in the creative district of Bangkok. It specialises in kushiyaki, such as skewered meats and vegetables, but elevates this concept by also offering fares served "tapas-style" for sharing. It's perfect for intimate groups, as the space can seat up to 40 guests and is located inside a former illegal gambling house, or baan kaanphanan. Sample its gizzard, pork belly, yellowtail collar, and squid skewers for starters, then have a go at Jua's delectable small plates. For drinks, choose your pick from a curated selection of cocktails, highballs, wine, and beer.
Location: Jua, 672/49 Charoen Krung 28
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