Sushi lovers from Japan would be able to tell that Ginza Sushi-ichi, a petite sushi boite at the heart of Ratchaprasong, is somehow connected with the Michelin-starred namesake restaurant in Tokyo. Its hinoki wood décor in the twin 12-seat dining rooms is unmistakably soothing, inviting, and intensely personal, a signature style you can find at the likes of such high-quality sushi-ya.
Much like its Japanese mother and sisters in Singapore and Shanghai, Ginza Sushi-ichi offers its guests an ultimate omakase service—or “up to the chef”—a long tradition of sushi-ya in Japan popularized by the likes of Jiro Ono of Sukiyabashi Jiro. The devoid of freedom to choose—leaving it all up to the sushi masters to decide what you eat at the meal—can be rather risky, but Ginza Sushi-ichi manages to walk a fine line with such devout precision and pizzazz. The sushi chefs here are trained under sushi master Masakazu Ishibashi, a renowned head chef from the Japan branch.
Pieces after pieces of luscious raw fish, ornately served degustation-style, are boasted to have come straight from Tsukiji Market in Tokyo. While such claim is not a novelty—most Japanese restaurants in Bangkok get their daily catch from there—Ginza Sushi-ichi boasts that their fish is delivered within 24 hours after it is put on the display at Tsukiji, a great brag that has been unchallenged by none. In fact, it is closed on Mondays and a day after Japanese public holiday since they wouldn’t be able to source their fish otherwise. Its world-class fresh ingredients are also met with meticulous service with knowledgeable waitstaff who leave no water glass unfilled and are ever-so-mindful of another round of your Asahi, gorgeous sakes, or wine.
Opening hours: Tuesday-Saturday lunch: noon-2:30pm, dinner: 6pm-11pm; Sunday lunch: noon-14:30pm., dinner: 6pm-10pm
Address: 494 Erawan Bangkok Building, LG Floor, Ploenchit, Lumpini, Patumwan, Bangkok 10330