SERVING some of the most reasonably priced sashimi in Bangkok (the restaurant’s name, roughly translated, means ‘sharp eye for choosing top quality ingredients’) Mekiki No Ginji is a well-worth a visit if you’re a fan of this much-loved Japanese cuisine.
Part of a restaurant chain established in Okinawa, Japan, the Bangkok branches of this franchise (including the flagship venue, pictured on this page, at K Village on Sukhumvit 26, and a smaller venue on Thonglor Soi 5) incorporate all the same elements which have made the restaurant such a runaway success in its home country.
From the striking blonde wooden interior complete with floating ‘pod’ seating, hanging lanterns, and an open kitchen, to the upbeat Japanese music (think traditional flutes accompanied by a modern beat), to the staff which greet every customer with a hearty Irasshaimase! (Welcome to the shop!), the restaurant provides a feast for all the senses – the perfect setting for gorging on baskets and bowls brimming with fresh seafood imported from Japan.
There are also meat and vegetable dishes served sizzling hot on volcanic stones, such as Beef tenderloin yogan (B399), and Chicken yogan yaki (B299), as well as a selection of succulent skewers (try the pork belly, and chicken liver. B99 for two pieces).
Tempting promotions abound, ranging from daily specials like Grilled eggplant with Japanese yam and Shallot tempura (B180-B550), to a brand new lunch menu* featuring miso soup and a deep bowl which you can load with as much sashimi as you like (B200-B800). What’s more, every food order placed includes unlimited salad from the salad bar.
Daily from 3pm you can enjoy three-hours of unlimited sake for B500. Or pay B750 for the premium package, which also includes Hoegaarden, Asahi and Singha. There's also a Happy-One-Hour promo with selected beers at B50 during your first hour of dining.
For dessert, don’t miss the Matcha green tea jelly with red beans and vanilla ice cream – the perfect blend of sweet and bitter flavours.
*The Thonglor branch of Mekiki No Ginji opens for dinner only.
Mekiki No Ginji, K Village, Sukhumvit Soi 26.