Jidori-ya Ken's sister restaurant goes well beyond succulent yakitori.
This brainchild of Kenichi Nagata, the man behind Sukhumvit Soi 26’s Jidori-ya Ken (previously Jidori-ya Kenzou, arguably the best yakitori in town), stands out as the only Japanese-style house in Ekkamai’s Acmen complex. Gen goes well beyond its grilled chicken-specializing sister to serve up a wider variety of meat grilled on binchotan charcoal. While the free-range chicken still stands as one of the stars (try the slightly-roasted breast with yuzu kosho paste), Nagata also does some fine Japanese wagyu.
For over a decade, Sukhumvit Soi 26’s Jidori Cuisine Ken (formerly Jidori-ya Kenzo) has been the go-to for Japanophile foodies seeking Bangkok’s best yakitori (charcoal-grilled chicken skewers)—crisp exterior, very little charring and a moist, perfectly cooked interior.
Gen, the 2016 follow-up from Jidori’s founder, Kenichi Nagata, extends the yaki focus to wagyu beef, pork, seafood and veggies, plus Japanese mainstays like sashimi, katsudon (rice topped with a pork cutlet) and soba. But rest assured, this log cabin-evoking restaurant round the back of Ekkamai does equally amazing things to chicken.
This review took place in September 2017 and is based on a visit to the restaurant without the restaurant's knowledge. For more on BK's review policy, click here.