Does Thonglor really need another sushi bar? Probably not, and yet Toro Sushi, a small cozy joint, is a new addition that we welcome with open arms. Easily to spot, it’s located on the second floor of No.88, a small community mini-mall located down a soi connecting Thonglor Soi 5 and Soi 9. Rather old-fashioned looking, with slats of light wood and bare bulb lighting like the one used in Japanese markets, there’s nothing at all fancy about it – and in a city where style to often strong-arms substance that’s part of its charm.
The same old-school approach extends to the food. There’s lots of sushi on the menu, but little in the way of the fancy sushi creations you find at your heaving chain equivalents. Starters include chawanmushi (B80), steamed egg custard served warm. Another light opener is the Engkawa sushi (B120 per piece). Though it looks a little oily, the lightly grilled flatfish, rice and accompanying sour ponzu sauce add up to very moreish mouthfuls. A decent side perfect for chomping on in between sips of your hot or cold sake (which starts from B300 per 300ml) is the shira ou kara age (B190), which are little fish deep fried and lightly salted.
As well as sides and sushi, fresh sashimi boats are also served, the most expensive being the Sashimi Moriawase7 (B1900) featuring seven different kinds: otoro, akami, hamachi, salmon, mandai, Saba and Japanese scallops. The meat is fresh, the wasabi sauce reeks of quality, and the rice has a mild smooth taste. But what really stands out over and above all of them is the melt-in-your-mouth Otoro sashimi. Worth every baht? That might be pushing it, but there’s no doubting the quality of fish they serve here.
Reservations are recommended if you want to sit at a table, not the sushi bar. Check Toro Sushi’s Facebook for promotions and updates – this may be a traditional restaurant, but it’s not stuck in the dark ages.
No.88 in soi connecting Thonglor 5 to 9, Sukhumvit 55 | 02-712-8447 | Facebook: torofreshsushi | Mon-Fri 4pm-11pm, Sat-Sun 11am-11pm