On the hunt for a good, toothsome spot for Japanese fare? Ekkamai, our favourite slick and happening district has a unique repertoire of places to offer you. Whether you’re a businessman or woman, or a city foodie who just happens to be in the area, here’s a list of the 5 best Japanese restaurants in Ekkamai you need to check out for scrumptious sushi, sashimi and donburi.

Featured image credit: Joushitsu; hero image credit: Unsplash/Cody Chan

Joushitsu Sushi

Joushitsu Sushi, nestled in Soi Passana, Ekkamai packs ultimate freshness that comes straight from Hokkaido, Japan, Australia, Canada, France and Norway. Cooking from pristine, imported ingredients, the venue serves up conventional Japanese fare with hardly any fusion tweaks. Tuck into the glorious rice bowl be-jewelled with the gold-hued sea urchin, Uni Don (THB 2,500) or the Kobe Beef Sashimi (THB 1,800) if you are a true beef buff. It won’t disappoint.

Joushitsu, 20/2 Ekkamai 2 Alley, Bangkok, +662 714 3984
Open: Mon-Sun, 11:30 am-2:30 pm for lunch and 6-10:30 pm for dinner.

Seiniku-Ten

Grilled food is all the rage here in Bangkok; people simply can’t deny their cravings for the slices of beautifully-marbled meat sizzling on a pan. And if you’re all fed up with your usual Korean BBQ haunts, switch over to the Japanese Yakiniku restaurants for a change of scene (and taste) because here at Seiniku-Ten, they are grilling up to the hype. The all-you-can-eat set (THB 599++ per person) includes premium cuts of meat like New Zealand beef, Kuro Buta, Harami beef and Akai duck along with a selection of sushi and side dishes like tonkatsu, karake chicken, green tea ice cream and so much more.

Seiniku-Ten, 18 Ekkamai 6 Alley, Bangkok, +6681 925 6663
Open: Mon-Sun, 12-11 pm.

IN the mood for LOVE: Sushi Bar & Bistro

In the mood for sushi? Then IN the mood for LOVE: Sushi Bar & Bistro is your answer. The menu here features Japanese grub and a range of sushi with fun tweaks. For example, Happy To-Get-Her (THB 449), rice balls topped with scallops, fish roe and spicy crab meat; Guilty But Happy (THB 449), heart-wrenching sushi stuffed with shrimp tempura, fish roe and cream cheese; Caterpillar (THB 492), which is tempura-stuffed sushi shaped like a caterpillar. The venue also makes a perfect date night spot thanks to its decorations of red roses and dark blue velvet chairs placed throughout the space.

IN the mood for LOVE: Sushi Bar & Bistro, Ekkamai 1, Bangkok, +662 392 8477
Open: Mon-Sun, 11:30 am-2 pm; 5:30 pm-12 am.

Teppen Bangkok

Not only does Teppen Bangkok serve up finger-licking-good wagyu grilled on an open flame, but the izakaya-style Japanese restaurant also offers up a wealth of donburi rice bowls topped with a variety of sashimi to your choosing. For an ultimate Japanese night, don’t forget to also get the deeply charred Squid Warayaki (THB 270) which goes hand in hand with the mild rice flavour of the sake.

Teppen Bangkok, Soi Sukhumvit 61, Bangkok, +662 714 1412
Open: Mon-Fri, 6 pm- 12 am; Sat: 5 pm-12 am; Sun: 5-11 pm.

Washoku AJI Ekkamai

Although Washoku AJI is situated on the 3rd floor of Big C, the Japanese haunt doesn’t give off that mall-y vibe that makes you feel overwhelmed; the space is peppered with homey, Japanese-style paintings, Noren curtains and sliding doors. And if you’re a true sushi worshipper, we recommend getting the Maguro Sushi Set (THB 2,380) that comes with a mash-up of sushi crowned with pink-ish raw fish. Or go light and bright with the Ikura Don (THB 780) with the warm rice blanketed with a thick layer of salmon roe.

Washoku AJI, 3 F/L Big C Ekkamai, Bangkok, +66 94 560 1455

Open: Mon-Sun, 11:30-2:30 for lunch and 5-10:30 pm for dinner.

Kankanit Wichiantanon
Writer, Bangkok
Kankanit is a writer by day and a baker by night. If there’s one thing you should know about her, it’s that she can wax poetic about food 24/7. Her daily routine is writing, cooking, eating, repeat. They are the things that inspire her from morning 'til night.