Japanese restaurants are popping up across the city, and Chiang Mai is firmly established the best city for sashimi and sushi rolls north of Bangkok. Whether you’re looking for high end fancy slices served with all the toppings you can imagine, or cheap easy and delicious noodles and sashimi, we have you covered.
Award-winning Tengoku de Cuisine has been the recipient of Thailand Tatler’s Thailand’s Best Restaurants for over a decade, a testament to its consistently high quality of food and service. As one of the city’s most beloved and acclaimed Japanese restaurants, Tengoku has the luxury of supplying its kitchen with only the freshest of produce on a daily basis.
Some of the more popular dishes include the delicious grilled eggplant with miso sauce where the rich, and smooth texture of the eggplant is enhanced by the savoury sweetness of miso and the kaleidoscopic three-coloured seaweed salad which combines not just colour, but textures of the seaweeds served with subtle sesame dressing.
Once the appetite has been whetted, move on to the beef tataki where a small mound of thinly sliced raw sirloin served atop slithers of onion and garlic paste. Dip the meat and onion in the ponzu sauce for five seconds and this is a bite of heaven.
Tengoku has three branches offering three different Chiang Mai experiences, there is the classic Tengoku de Cuisine which is very elegant and perfect for private and intimate groups serving a la carte as well as the restaurant’s famous 880 baht buffet, then there is the city branch, Tengoku+Yaki which serves the same but also has a 555 baht brill buffet and bar and lastly Tenkogu Mae On is a resort style Tengoku for those wanting to take their time over a meal in a spectacular country setting.
Yumototei is an authentic Japanese restaurant located in the Hokka-An Hotel. At this great location you can find up to 50 premium Japanese dishes. The restaurant decoration, cozy dining environment and delicious Japanese food illustrate a strong sense of Japanese style and cultural flair. The menu covers a number of delicious Japanese dishes cooked by Japanese chefs. Some of these dishes include the Yomoto Roll, Kaisen Salad, Kushi Katsu Combo, and Yakisobo. One of the signature dishes is Torinabe, a tasty soup full of vegetables and meats.
Inside the hotel, there are also onsens with medical therapy for clients. A few different treatments can be given. One such treatment is medical detoxification, which helps enlarge arteries. This treatment can be used to improve the circulatory system and mitigate headaches. Silk or white ion can improve the body’s circulation, help reduce pores, and prevent dryness in the skin. Soda (artificial carbonated soft drink) is provided for clients with hypertension, embolism, migraines and diabetes. And onsen with cold water will make you feel relaxed and vigorous.
This curious Japanese restaurant that has opened up near Nimman features delicious Japanese cuisine in a lovely setting. Being halal, this is a great place for anyone with religious dietary concerns that may prevent you from eating Japanese food at other locations. The restaurant is beautifully decorated with teak wood and eclectic furnishings that offer intimate seating for two all the way up to large groups. The sashimi, from salmon to tuna, otoro to prawns, is fresh and perfectly prepared each and every time. The chef makes great rolls and the restaurant also imports Australian Wagyu that can be served in a number of ways including a straight steak for those meat lovers out there. Interestingly, the restaurant also has a nice collection of sweets, including the Boston cheesecake which pairs perfectly with a hot cup of freshly brewed coffee.
Open 11am – 2pm and 5pm – 10pm
21/10 Soi 9 Sirimangkalajarn Road, Suthep
Facebook: Sakanaya CNX
053 216 883 / 084 611 8116
If you love Japanese food but don’t want to break the bank, then head down the road towards Airport Plaza and stop off at Takeshi. The entire menu is just 59 baht a dish (apart from some special extras), which includes fresh salmon sashimi, grilled beef in teriyaki sauce, squid in steak sauce, soba, udon, tempura, maki, nigiri and more. With over 12 years’ experience in some of the best Japanese kitchens in town, Chef Big has decided to go it alone, and although the restaurant itself looks a little rough around the edges, the food is top notch. All the rice he uses in rolls and sushi is coloured purple with natural butterfly pea flowers and he buys a whole salmon every morning ensuring freshness, but when it’s gone it’s gone! Chef Big makes the point that Japanese food is overpriced in Chiang Mai so he is trying to bring high quality food at fair prices, claiming his ingredients are exactly the same as those he used to work with in fancy restaurants. We aren’t making any claims here, but we will be back again soon, so best try it for yourself and you may be pleasantly surprised!
Open 11am – 2pm and 5pm – 10pm (Closed on 7th, 17th and 27th of each month)
44 Mahidol Road (next to the Bangchak gas station)
Facebook: Takeshi 59 Chiang Mai
081 169 5608
Minato has opened their fourth branch here in Chiang Mai, but this one is a little different. Claiming to bring high quality Japanese food you expect to see in Bangkok to our humble town, Minato has opened their first sushi and seafood bar in Nimmahaemin soi 9. This is not to be confused with the Nimman Soi 15 restaurant or the Maya sushi bar in Rimping, but is its own standalone seafood bar with some of the best sushi you’ll find in the city. They have fresh Baron Point, Japanese and Kumamoto oysters in tanks ready for picking, alongside fresh lobsters they serve both in sashimi, steak and salad forms. If you love Japanese food and also love oysters, then try the Nama Kaki Set that serves a selection of oysters in four ways or if raw fish is more your thing, order up the special sushi set that includes eel, foie gras, salmon, Hamachi, engawa fish and topped with things like salmon roe and uni. If you like a bit of spice, order the strikingly orange spicy salmon maki on top or if you love fish but want an easy dish then grab a bowl of Bara Don — a selection of raw fish served on fresh rice and seaweed.
Open 11.30am – 10pm
Nimman Soi 9
Facebook: Minato Sushi Bar
052 064 242