WHILE most Japanese restaurants get their inspiration purely from the Land of the Rising Sun, VIE Hotel Bangkok’s new venue, Yellow Tail Sushi Bar (YTSB), takes its cue from the trendy sushi bars found in New York’s Manhattan Island.
The idea, according to the restaurant’s slogan, is to offer ‘Freshness in Style,’ a concept which applies both to the food – as fresh as it gets and presented with artistic flair – and to the restaurant’s design, which takes contemporary cool and gives it a Japanese spin.
The key to any good sushi restaurant, of course, is freshness, and YTSB does not disappoint. Japanese Master Chef Yoji Kitayama uses live fish imported three times a week from Tokyo’s famous Tsukuji Market to create his dishes, and ensures that his food lives up to both aspects of the restaurant’s ‘Freshness in Style’ concept by turning this fresh produce into miniature works of art.
“I’m also trained in French cuisine and I like to bring that French philosophy to the kitchen,” explains Chef Yoji. “But what’s on offer here isn’t fusion. It’s simply a stylish, modern take on traditional Japanese cuisine made with the freshest ingredients I can get my hands on.”
For straight up sashimi, there’s the superb Sakura Set, which includes blue fin tuna, salmon, Alaskan crab, Japanese scallops and more (B2,800++. A sushi set is also available). But it’s not just fresh fish that’s the imported highlight – you can also sink your teeth into a plump, juicy, and sweet Japanese fruit tomato, a refreshing appetizer drizzled in honey soy sauce, for B380++. Some luscious Japanese strawberries are also available.
For a meaty main, the Cedar wood grilled black cod Saikyo-style (Gindara Saikyo Sugi-ita yaki. B900++) is a must try. And keep your eyes peeled for regular specials – including this month’s selection of imported oysters.
117/39-40 Phaya Thai Road. Open daily 6pm - 11.30 pm (opening for lunch soon!)
Tel: 02 309 3939 Facebook: viebangkok