These laid-back Japanese restaurants serve up the best beef in town: fresh, expertly sliced and grilled to perfection.
While grill restaurants are often described as smoky, greasy and cacophonous, this place is the opposite. The dining room has a high ceiling, a bright and airy feel, floor-to-ceiling glass windows and an open kitchen. In addition to the grill-it-yourself buffet menu, you can also get a la carte items like Australian beef steak, grilled fish and Korean mixed rice.
7/F, CentralWorld, Ratchadamri Rd., 02-646-1364. Open daily 10am-10pm.
Run by an apprentice of Jojoen, one of Tokyo’s ubiquitous yakiniku institutions, this restaurant serves a wide selection of marbled beef sourced from reputable Japanese purveyors for you to grill yourself and dip in their signature sauce. The menu includes both a wallet-friendly option of all-you-can-eat local beef as well as premium a la carte items.
662/67-68 Praram 3 Rd., 02-294-1933. Open daily 11am-11:30pm.
G/F, Charn Issara Tower II, Phetchaburi Rd., 02-718-1922-4
The king of Ekkamai all-you-can-eat yakiniku pulls in big crowds thanks to a well-priced buffet where local beefs sits next to pork, poultry and one of the best seafood lineups for its price range. Screens between tables mean plenty of privacy for the big groups and families who crowd the restaurant out of an evening, most of them feasting on the juicy prawns and New Zealand mussels.
582/23-24 Sukhumvit Soi 63 (Ekkamai), 02-391-5674
Standing in the Japanese-friendly and very much golf-obsessed Thaniya Plaza, Rengaya is a lot more exciting than it looks. This yakiniku restaurant’s tasty yet affordable lunch sets, available from noon-2pm, come with sweet, umami-fueled marinated beef loin, karubi, pork and seafood for you to grill. Accompaniments of rice, miso soup, salad, kimchi, tea or coffee and fruits are included. Evening prices (a la carte) are reasonable, too.
2/F, Thaniya Plaza, Silom Rd., 02-231-2140. Open daily 11:30am-2pm, 5:30-10pm.
Amid a traditional wood-heavy vibe, made all the more cute by a lush Japanese garden located out front, the star of the show is wagyu Shimofuri beef with a whole lot of fat (the good kind) as well as the popular Matsusaka. For pockets not deep enough for wagyu, they also do NZ beef, kurobuta pork, seafood and sushi for you to grill yourself and enjoy with a house-made miso sauce.
916/21 Thonglor Soi 18 and 20, 081-925-6663. Open daily noon-9pm.
Sumi Tei Yakiniku Best Wagyu!
This Japanese barbecue’s main attraction is the melt-in-your-mouth A5-grade wagyu, which the owners rather loftily claim comes from a special breed usually only available to the imperial family of Japan. Cuts range from sirloin and short rib to rib eye—or try it all with the tasting plate.
323/3 Thonglor Soi 13, 091-770-7747. Open Mon-Fri 5-10pm; Sat-Sun 11:30am-2pm, 5-10pm.
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A yakiniku spin-off from the popular shabu-shabu chain Akiyoshi, this Japanese barbecue offers an impressive selection of marbled beef, both from wagyu and local breeds. Don’t miss the jyo tongue shio—thinly sliced salted beef tongue that is just perfect for barbecuing. To load up on some carbs, the Ishiyaki Bibimbap is a fresh take on the famous Korean dish.
55 Sukhumvit Soi 53, 02-259-5781
Put on your stretchy pants, forget about the macros and tuck in to BK Best Eats 2018. This is the Bangkok dining that ignores fancy restaurants and 10-course tasting menus and goes straight for the comfort food—steaming bowls of fat-rich ramen, triple-decker burgers, all-you-can-eat dim sum buffets with an extra helping of pork buns. In other words, the stuff most of us eat out, most of the time.
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