With its creative sushi rolls and traditional Japanese fare, along with more than 20 different kinds of sake, Zipangu, the stylish eatery that opened last year near Asoke, is one of the city’s best options for izakaya-style dining. Run by sommelier and sake master Koji Hara, who also owns a wine and sake distributor in Silom, Zipangu takes its drinking seriously, with many of Japan’s best sake labels on offer here.
Among the highlights of the sake menu is the effervescent Mizubasho Pure (B2000, 360ml), a hybrid sake-champagne whose sales in Japan have surged since it was served at a dinner party hosted by the Japanese prime minister. Another sake, Time Machine Vintage (B2400/B300), features a lovely light amber glow and a sweet taste, while Tamagawa Gyoku-ryu Junmai-Daiginjo Yamahai (B3900/B850), fruity and full-bodied, is Zipangu’s most popular sake among Thai and Western customers. Tamagawa Junmai Yamahai nonfilter Nama-Genshu (B2000/B500), served hot, has a slightly higher alcohol content (20 percent) than the others. Zipangu’s other notable spirits include a delightful light citrus yuzu and a range of Japanese whiskeys.
Food standouts – and there are many – include a fried Volcano Roll (B320) filled with salmon and cream cheese, and served with tartar sauce drizzled in soy. The Caesar salad roll (thick crispy bacon, crunchy croutons, romaine and Parmesan cheese, rolled inside soft edible rice paper, B290), likewise, had us nodding in admiration. On the traditional side of the menu, you could hardly do better than the black cod fish marinated in miso for three days and then grilled (B490). It is, like much of Japan’s best cuisine, perfect in its simplicity.
“I want to create more new sushi rolls since they’re very popular,” Hara says. “Our food is Japanese-style but with a taste that also appeals to Westerners. We’re in a good location to capture a mix of Japanese, as well as other foreign and local visitors.”
Hara also plans to more than double his sake offerings this year, bringing the total to more than 50 sakes. He already distributes to leading hotels and restaurants throughout Bangkok, including hotspot Zuma at the St Regis, and he expects his sales to expand to Phuket and Samui this year as well.
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