Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Sushi Kanda @ Thonglor, Bangkok - ซูชิคันดะ @ ซอยทองหล่อ กรุงเทพฯ

Cuisine: Japanese (sushi)
Price: THB1,050 per person for lunch without alcohol (what we paid for)
Visited: 11 August 2014
Food: 5/10
Atmosphere: 6/10
Value for money: 3/10
Services: 5/10
Scale: [1=poor ---- 5=average/standard ---- 10=outstanding/exceptional]

Sushi Kanda is on the 2nd floor of No. 88 complex in Soi Thonglor (between Thonglor 5 and 9) which is pretty close to the famous southern Thai food restaurant "Khua Kling Pak Sod". The place is not large with a sushi counter right at the front where Chef Takahiro Hato leads the team. It is simply decorated in Japanese style.

At sushi counter, Chef Takahiro and a few other sushi chef (some Japanese and some Thai) serve customers eagerly. The style of Sushi Kanda is edomae sushi so don't expect those fancy sushi like spider rolls and etc. Ingredients here are claimed to be imported directly from Japan a few times a week and in many occasions you can expect to see seasonal ingredients that may be not found in other sushi places. I have to say that all chefs are friendly and polite but some staffs might still lack of practice. We were there for lunch and it was during public holiday. Hence, the place was crowded and they could not really service properly. Firstly, they were mistaken with my booking time. Secondly, Deadly Chubby was given a chair with stacked layers of cushion/mattress instead of a stool at sushi counter. Staffs then kept coming to ask for mattress. This was really not an appropriate manner.

Sushi Kanda @ No. 88 Thonglor, Bangkok

sushi counter for about 10 seats

Chef Takahiro Hato

fillet of fish (^.^)

selection of fresh fish from Japan

At Sushi Kanda, they have both choices of a la carte and set. There are also omakase course available which are priced at THB3,000 - 7,000. This is expensive indeed. This price tag is in the same range as those Michelin-starred sushi restaurants in Tokyo. However, we opted there for lunch during weekday and there were lunch set available. We decided to go for Nigiri Set 10 Pieces which could be filling enough for me but many people may find it too little. Each piece was quite small though. Choices of sushi in the set seems to be changed daily depending of ingredients available. See under each photo for what I got.

The set was served altogether not as piece-by-piece. I am not so sure whether it was due to crowded lunch and chefs were really busy. The over all impression was not exceptional. I guess they were busy and knife skill of each chef is different. Look for Chef Takahiro himself if possible.

Nigiri Set 10 Pieces (THB880)

Ikura (Salmon Roe) - いくら

Hirame (Flounder) - 平目

Kisu (Japanese Whiting) - 

Kampachi (Amberjack) - 勘八

Hotate (Scallop) - 帆立

These were decent sushi but not fabulous sushi. The texture of rice was ok. A little too soft to my liking in fact. I love sushi rice to have some chewy texture like the Italian says al dente. The flavour still lacks sour dimension. For quality of ingredients, I would not say it is the very top in town but good enough. It was lunch time and ingredients were from the previous day, I suppose. What I love about sushi is the compliment and balance between sour from rice, natural sweetness from fish, and saltiness from the sauce. At Sushi Kanda, things tend to be too mild though. Here are my brief description.

Ikura (Salmon Roe) - いくら (6/10) was nice and sweet. Hirame (Flounder) - 平目 (5/10) and Kisu (Japanese Whiting) - 鱚 (4/10) were bland. Kampachi (Amberjack) - 勘八 and Hotate (Scallop) - 帆立 were sweet but not interesting.

Kinmedai (Splendid Alfonsino) - 金目鯛 (6/10), Akami (red fillet of tuna) - 赤身 (6/10), and Toro (fatty tuna) - とろ (5/10) had its own natural sweetness but not as good as supposed to be. Especially for toro, I expected to see the melting magic that burst into series of flavour. On the other hand, I founMadai (Seabream) - 真鯛 (7/10) to be the only outstanding for the meal. It came with nice chewy but tender texture and natural mild sweetness. Really an unexpected piece of sushi. The last piece was Tamagoyaki (Japanese Omelette) - 卵焼き (5/10) which was really normal standard tamagoyaki.

At the price of THB880++ for this set, it was not dearly expensive nor valuable. However, I doubt I would ever try the much higher price omakase course if what I would get are similar in term of quality to these lunch set. However, if you happen to be at Sushi Kanda, you might as well give a go for its famous dishes such as bafun and murasaki uni, hotate isobeyaki, big roll, and saba mirinboshi.

Kinmedai (Splendid Alfonsino) - 金目鯛

Madai (Seabream) - 真鯛

Akami (red fillet of tuna) - 赤身

Toro (fatty tuna) - とろ

Tamagoyaki (Japanese Omelette) - 卵焼き

Sushi Kanda @ Thonglor, Bangkok - ซูชิคันดะ @ ซอยทองหล่อ กรุงเทพฯ
Floor 2, No. 88
Soi Pai Di Ma Di Klang (between Thonglor 5 and 9)
Khlong Tan Nuea, Wattana
Bangkok 10110

Open Hours: for lunch Thu-Mon 11:30am - 01:30pm and for dinner Wed-Mon 05:30pm - 11:00pm
Tel: +66 (0) 2712 6639

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