Japanese imperial meat comes to Thailand
By Morgan Thanarojpradit
By Morgan Thanarojpradit
FIRST opened in November 2014, this Japanese barbecue’s main attraction is the melt-in-your-mouth A5-grade wagyu, the highest ranking of all wagyu and available less than 15% of the total wagyu produced in Japan. This particular wagyu comes from a special breed of cows that are served to imperial family of Japan.
Sumi Tei Yakiniku has a wide range of quality meat on offer, from local Thai-French beef to the A5-grade wagyu imported from Japan. Selecting only the prime cuts for Tokusen – a type of wagyu meat characterised by the intense fine marbling and buttery texture – these cuts are then processed using Japanese traditions of high quality wagyu meat to guarantee that every dish served will not disappoint.
The menu is separated into three categories: premium, super premium, and imperial, which include popular cuts like karubi, sirloin, zabuton, and some entrails. Some cuts are in fact so rare that there are a limited amount of dishes the restaurant can serve per day, so if these are what you are after best to request them ahead of time.
To get the mood going, start off with a light salad Sanchu Salad (B180) and Namuru Moriawase (B160) – combination of fresh vegetables with delicious Japanese sauce; followed by the signature Imperial Set (B3,980) which comes with thick slices of Tokusen Karubi (ribs), Tokusen Sirloin, Tokusen Rib Rosu (tenderloin), Tokusen Bara (belly) meat. As an alternative, the Imperial Wagyu Suki Set (B2,480) offers thinly sliced Tokusen Sirloin meat to cook it yourself in the secret recipe suki soup that is both full of flavour and aroma. There are only six dishes available per day so reserve if you want to try this menu. However, a must-try is the Royal Tokusen Karubi (B2,480) – A5-grade beautifully marbled cut from short ribs. This dish too only has six servings available per day, so make haste when booking!
The small bar comprises of a selection of soda drinks including White Peach Soda (B110), a selection of sake (B380 per glass), sparkling sake (B980 per bottle), Draft Asahi (B120 per glass), and Suntory Premium Malts Draft beer (B240 per glass), or choose from a choice of Japanese whiskey (B110 per glass) or a selection of wines (starts at B1,280 per bottle).
Sumi Tei Yakiniku prides itself in offering the best quality products and services so the staff is very attentive and friendly.
The sizeable dining room is located on the second floor and is dominated by wooden furniture. There are plenty of spaces between tables and the ventilation over the stove is trustworthy so no need to worry much about the smoke fumes. Wooden partitions also offer needed privacy between tables. There are several private rooms that can accommodate groups of up to 18 people with no extra charge. Reservations are needed for these rooms.
Parking available in the J Avenue.
Sumi Tei Yakiniku. Thonglor Soi 13, J Avenue Sukhumvit 55. 091 770 7747.