Born in Japan’s Nikko brand of mid-range hotels, Hishou is causing a stir on Thonglor thanks to its all-you-can-eat tempura sets and buffet of homespun Kyoto-style dishes.
For B1,100 during dinner service (6-10:30pm), choose from 18 different deep-fried courses including horse mackerel, white fish, shrimp, sweet potato and asparagus. Or for B1,900 you can get all of the above on top of 12 premium items such as snow crab, scallop and camembert cheese.
But the tempura’s just part of why people turn up here. Help yourself to trays of fresh salmon and tuna maki, bowls of soba and steaming pots of chicken and fish stew at the central buffet line.
The chef describes it as Kyoto-style home-cooking, and you can expect to find it in hot demand during the daily lunch service (11:30am-2pm). Reservations are essential if you want to try the B580 sushi platter (seven pieces plus unlimited buffet) or B480 tonkatsu (breaded pork cutlet with tonkatsu sauce and unlimited buffet).
Hishou’s soaring dining room with its wavy wood-sculpture ceiling and stony surfaces is also a far cry from your regular buffet joint. There’s even a private omakase room where a business-y clientele reserve ahead for the day’s freshest catch (starting from B3,500 for eight pieces).
Wash it down with bottles of sake from B400-B9,000.