Here is a truism most can agree: “Thai cuisine is amazing!”. When and if you are on holiday in Bangkok, it is not all impossible to enjoy only Thai food. But if a little variety makes your day, then you definitely will not want to miss out the awesome Japanese restaurants the city has to offer. Out of Office Asia tries out ISAO Sushi Bar, a trendy Japanese restaurant located in the Sukhumvit area.
Calling it Japanese-Western fusion cuisine is not doing it justice. It is fun, it is creative, and most importantly, it tastes amazing without costing a leg or a limb. The dishes are truly food innovation at its best. Incredible flavours and multiple cooking methods juxtapose to form a gastronomical melange of textures and tastes. In other words, bloody damn tasty.
Jackie is the crowd favourite – a colourful caterpillar-shaped sushi roll filled with tempura, fish roe and avocado, and topped with shrimp. It’s looks a bit kitschy, but the flavours play themselves out so perfectly well that you cannot help but to go for your fourth while fending off other chopsticks.
A meal at ISAO cannot be without its Sushi Sandwich. I can only describe the experience of eating this out-of-this-world sandwich as having an orchestra play in your mouth. The cacophony of textures from the tempura, spicy tuna, salmon, and fish roe keeps reminding you that the world cannot have enough of this Sushi Sandwich. Remember to order two plates of this if there are more than 2 of you.
Jackie and Sushi Sandwich were only 2 of the many creations ISAO has to offer. We had a blast eating our hearts out at this Japanese restaurant. As for the puritans who scoff at new food innovations and experiences, ISAO does traditional Japanese dishes to a tee. Be it the freshest sashimi or the crunchiest tori karaage, our experience tells us that everyone will find a favourite dish there.
We were 6 hungry guys when we entered ISAO, and came out of this surprising find comparing other Japanese restaurants in Bangkok – 6 very happy guys. Considering the mind-blowing experience we had, ISAO is going to be a mainstay in our must-go-to list in the city of angels. Writing about ISAO post-consumption is making me salivate and yearn for our next trip to Bangkok.
* The writer would like to recommend visitors imbibe themselves when eating at ISAO and soak yourself in a convivial and relaxed environment. The 1.8 litre of sake is definitely value-for-money and a great beverage for a large group of diners.
Quality of food: 8/10
Value for money: 8/10
ISAO Sushi Bar
5 Sukhumvit 31, Khlong Toei Nuea, Watthana,
Tel: +66 2258 0645
Hours: Mon to Sun 11am to 2.30pm, 5.30pm to 10pm
Reservations recommended for dinner as the restaurant can get very crowded
Nearest BTS: Asok (But not that near actually, so it’s advisable to hop onto a Tuk-tuk)