The odd-looking name is an abbreviation for Yellow Tail Sushi Bar, which provides a pretty decent indication of what this place has to offer. The fish has different names according to size and stage but is known as yellowtail once it reaches maturity and is ready to eat.
Upon a first glance, the restaurant is decked out with chic Japanese-themed décor rather than authentic Japanese style. The soft yellow lighting creates a low-key ambience likely to draw you in.
It’s also on the fourth floor of VIE Hotel – so before you settle in, head downstairs to the outdoor terrace on the third floor, where you can still order food and drinks from the well-stocked bar.
The name of the venue might suggest that the menu is all about yellowtail, but there’s real variety. If you’re in a group, it’s hard to ignore the set of appetisers (B1180) composed of dried stingray fin, dried shrimps, fried salmon and salted ginkgo. It arrives on a long bamboo platter, emphasizing YTSB’s fusion influences, as opposed to taking the strictly traditional route.
If you want to branch out beyond the raw fish, there are alternatives with wagyu and chicken. Maybe try the kagoshima wagyu namban yaki (B2500), cooked with Japanese seasoning and topped with sesame, mushroom, and asparagus. Each bite is tender, and the Japanese seasoning is exquisite.
But the spotlight still comes back to the sashimi, especially the aburi Hamachi jalapeno, which includes five pieces for B600. The taste of the sashimi is driven by the jalapeno, which outweighs much of the fish’s natural smell.
Freshness is the key feature in most Japanese restaurants and YTSB delivers in spades when it comes to dessert. A slice of Japanese melon (B300++) is popular and comes out partially frozen – it’s like licking a melon-flavoured ice cube.
You wash it all down, sake price start from B220 (Tatewaki Samurai Junmai) and goes up into the thousands if you’re looking to splash out. Otherwise, you can wet your whistle with a cocktail or shochu.
It’s within walking distance from BTS Ratchatewi and only a few metres from the station. The view at night is spectacular and, although there are many new Japanese restaurants opening up in Bangkok, YTSB is certainly worth a visit.
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VIE Hotel, 117/39-40 Phaya Thai Road | 02-309-3939 | www.viehotelbangkok.com | Open daily 6pm-11pm