Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Nippon Kai Market @ 9:53 Community Mall, Bangkok - นิปปอน ไกด์ มาร์เก็ต @ 9:53 Community Mall กรุงเทพฯ

Cuisine: Japanese (sushi)
Charged Price: THB700 per person
Visited: 19 April 2015
Food: 5/10
Atmosphere: 5/10
Value for money: 4/10
Services: 4/10
Scale: [1=poor ---- 5=average/standard ---- 10=outstanding/exceptional]

Nippon Kai has been around for years with mostly in the form of small food stall in front of supermarkets. Here is another form of Nippon Kai chain, "Nippon Kai Market". It is located in 9:53 Community Mall which is in Soi Sukhumvit 53 and is right at the corner where Soi Sukhumvit 53 intersect Soi Thonglor 9. Basically, it is good to drive here with valet parking service available. However, BTS Thonglor station is not so far away: motorbike taxi from the station will do the job but walking is a little too far especially during very hot season. The place is just comfortably large with around 15 tables on the upper floor. On the lower floor, it is like a mini seafood stall where you can see and choose your favourite ingredients, and there is a sushi counter which can accommodate around 8 guests. In brief, you can do like a mini seafood shopping before stating how you'd like your dishes to be prepared.

Nippon Kai Market @ 9:53 Community Mall, Bangkok

sushi counter bar

seafood market style restaurant

I believe this sushi kind of Japanese restaurant is no different from other places in term of pricing. They are not priced steeply nor cheaply. But using marketing scheme of discounting occasionally probably does its job nicely in attracting customers.

What I had during the visit started with Salmon Sashimi (5/10) which was at standard quality. It was followed by Spicy Tuna Roll (6/10). They are quite generous with ingredients here. We kind of like the crunchy batters that came along with. In general, I am not a fan of modern sushi rolls but this spicy roll was enjoyable with balance between spicy touch and creamy mayonnaise. Tai Nigiri (5/10) or sea bream was another standard quality but rather fresh on the day. Lastly, it was Ama Ebi Nigiri (3/10) or sweet shrimp. I was disappointed with this one. Not really fresh in brief.

The point I would like to make about this place is that if possible, do ask for sushi counter seats especially on a busy day. There are only a few sushi chefs and your order can take a long while when the place is crowded. Anyway, service might not be so great here but be patient (^.^).

Salmon Sashimi (THB159 per 100 grams)

Spicy Tuna Roll (THB280)

Tai Nigiri (THB135)

Ama Ebi Nigiri (THB90)

Nippon Kai Market @ 9:53 Community Mall, Bangkok - นิปปอน ไกด์ มาร์เก็ต @ 9:53 Community Mall กรุงเทพฯ
124 Soi Sukhumvit 53
Sukhumvit Road
Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana
Bangkok 10110

Open Hours: daily from 11:00am - 11:00pm
Tel: +66 (0) 2662 5683

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