Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Jiro Raw Bar and Grill @ Hotel Manhattan Bangkok, Sukhumvit 15

Cuisine: Japanese (sushi)
Price: THB1900 per person without alcohol (what we paid for)
Visited: 29 July 2013
Food: 2/10
Atmosphere: 4/10
Value for money: 1/10
Services: 2/10

Recently, there have been so many sushi places newly opened in Bangkok including Jiro Raw Bar and Grill at Hotel Manhattan Bangkok. Having seen quite a number of review on internet, we didn't hesitate to give it a try. The restaurant is located on the 1st floor of Hotel Manhattan Bangkok in Soi Sukhumvit 15. So it is pretty easy to come here: driving or even BTS (Nana Station).

Walking into Jiro, you will notice decoration on the wall along the passage with comments from customers. The interior itself is not so particular touchy: simple decor with 10 seats sushi bar in the middle of the floor. Before visiting Jiro Raw Bar and Grill, we did some homework and had heard about its great sushi. However, the first impression (bad one) was the service. Staffs did seem to have knowledge at all as well as lack of proper training perhaps.

kind of cute restaurant sign

sushi counter for 10

First of the meal was Sushi Aburi Set (2/10). I did expect quite a lot from this place. But this 7 pieces set of sushi that costed us THB1,880 was a disappointment. Fillets were not so fresh and lack of natural scent and sweetness. Fortunately, there were aburi set, otherwise this could have been a disaster. The worst was engawa in the small clear glass. The fish was kind of soaky and tasteless. Come on!!!! This is not a franchise Japanese restaurant. Quality please.

Sushi Aburi Set (THB1,880)

salmon aburi

hamachi aburi

botan ebi

We then had Sashimi Set B (1/10). Good God!!!! At the price of THB1,700, I swear any other street food would be much much more enjoyable than this set of sashimi. Nothing were fresh, some even presented strong fishy smell. The nightmare was toro and akami which were still icy like they were just taken out of freezer. On that day the restaurant ran out of hamachi and they replaced with salmon for us without any notice: that was surely a bad service for this supposed to be high end sushi place. Beyond disappointment, I say.

The last was Sparky Roll (3/10). After two disaster in a row, finally we had something edible. Not spectacular but at least this dish filled our stomach.

Sashimi Set B (THB1,700)

Sparky Roll (THB480)

Well, not sure if we were there on a wrong day or something. We noticed that there were only other 2 tables other than us. Even it was a bad day for sushi, they should have noticed us giving a good ethic for restauranteur. Anyway, we will surely not be returning to this Jiro Raw Bar and Grill any more, unless it is a compulsory mission.

Jiro Raw Bar and Grill @ Hotel Manhattan Bangkok, Sukhumvit 15
13 Soi Sukhumvit 15
Sukhumvit Road
Khlong Toey Nuea, Wattana
Bangkok 10110

Open Hours: Mon - Thu 11:00am - 03:00pm for lunch and 05:00pm - 11:00pm for dinner, and Fri - Sun 11:00am - 11:00pm
Tel: +66 (0) 81 413 4411

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