IN a complete reversal of usual restaurant etiquette, customers at Ichika Omakase do not select their dishes – they leave it up to Chef Akira Kemavuthanon to decide what he believes is best for you.
The word ‘ichika’ means blooming flower and the word ‘omakase’ means ‘I will leave it up to you’ in Japanese. So the name refers to a rare and increasingly popular Japanese culinary tradition where a chef - not the guests - is allowed full expression of his or her artistry and skills to please, entertain and satisfy hungry palates.
For people new to this dining style, the format may come as something of a shock. Once you get over the fact that you’re not going to choose any dishes, just sit back and watch the chef taking centre stage as the principal performer, and giving a stellar performance while answering any queries of about his technique or the dish’s ingredients. The restaurant functions as a gallery of edible objets d’art.
The lunch set menu is available in three prices from B1,700++ to B3,700++ while the dinner set menu is available in four prices from B3,700++ to the exclusive chef’s choices at B9,700++.
Thai-Japanese Chef Akira, who leads this culinary journey, has extensive experience in Japanese cuisine and was trained by a Sensei-level chef in Japan.
How to get there
Ichika Omakase is located on the Mezzanine floor of Rembrandt Hotel Bangkok, Sukhumvit 18 Road. The hotel is accessible from Asoke BTS Station.
Ichika Omakase, M Floor, Rembrandt Bangkok. 19 Sukhumvit 18 Road, Klongtoey, Bangkok 10110. 061 165 6546. www.ichikaomakase.com