Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Utage @ Plaza Athenee Bangkok - อูทาเกะ @ โรงแรมพลาซ่า แอทธินี กรุงเทพฯ

Cuisine: Japanese
Price: THB1,000 per person without alcohol (what we paid for)
Visited: 30 December 2014
Food: 6/10
Atmosphere: 6/10
Value for money: 5/10
Services: 7/10
Scale: [1=poor ---- 5=average/standard ---- 10=outstanding/exceptional]

Often that we visit a restaurant at Plaza Athenee Bangkok: Reflexions, Silk Road, and etc. Utage is as well a dining room of the hotel that we usually pop by for nice shabu shabu or sukiyaki but never had a chance to blog it. It was the end of 2014 and our family popped by for a meal so I would like to take an opportunity to share.

Utage is a Japanese joint that is decorated in a more contemporary Japanese. Food range is wide, e.g. sushi, udon, shabu shabu, and etc. It operates both lunch time and dinner. During weekday lunch, they serve set lunch but it would be buffet brunch for weekend. Staffs are polite and helpful. During the meal, I also had a bottle of Walter Hansel The North Slope Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 to accompany shabu shabu and it complimented the meal excellently.

Utage @ Plaza Athenee Bangkok

contemporary ambient

Walter Hansel The North Slope Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

Before starting the hot pot thing, something classic to warm up was not a bad idea at all. Salmon and Tuna Sashimi (5/10) were on average. Nothing delightful but enjoyable. Then mixed tempura (4/10) came. It gotta say that this was not quite a standard one. Batter was a little too thick and not crispy enough.

salmon and tuna sashimi


Here comes the highlight: Shabu Shabu and Sukiyaki (7/10). One set of shabu and sukiyaki come in slices of your meat choice, vegetable (range depending of shabu or sukiyaki), and different dipping sauce: i.e. ponzu and sesame sauces for shabu and raw egg for sukiyaki. We had USA beef and pork for the night which costed THB1,200 and THB1,000 respectively. I personally enjoyed sukiyaki a lot which was rich in flavour and so naturally delicious with raw egg. Shabu shabu was equally wonderful with refreshing shabu soup complimented with thick and rich sesame sauce. Quality of meat was also excellent. I would really say that this is the one to go for at Utage. Not exactly those cheap things but quite value for money in our perspective.

USA beef slices

pork slices

vegetable for sukiyaki set

dipping the beef into shabu shabu pot

sukiyaki to be consumed with raw egg

Utage @ Plaza Athenee Bangkok - อูทาเกะ @ โรงแรมพลาซ่า แอทธินี กรุงเทพฯ
Floor 3, Plaza Athenee Bangkok
61 Witthayu Road
Lumphini, Pathumwan
Bangkok 10330

Open Hours: daily from 11:30am - 02:30pm for lunch and 06:00pm - 10:30pm for dinner

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