Friday, January 30, 2009

Keyaki Japanese Restaurant (Bangkok)

A friend of mine wanted to take me out to lunch. So, we decided to have Japanese food near his office on Silom Road. We decided to go to the Japanese restaurant of the Pan-Pacific Hotel which is around the corner to my friend's office. I always forget that the Pan-Pacific Hotel even exist. So, it was nice to hear that they have a very good Japanese restaurant.

The Keyaki Japanese Restaurant in on the 22nd floor of the the hotel. It is a very large and elegant room with about 165 seats. Due to the huge windows, the restaurant is very bright with sunlight shinning through. The decor is very simple with a few hints of something Japanese. You would never know it was a Japanese restaurant if you just took a glimpse at it.

Keyaki has many business lunch menu sets at very reasonable prices. That is the reason the place is packed during lunch time on week days.

My friend ordered the set with salmon & tofu suki. As any Japanese restaurant, the presentation was beautiful. The broth of the suki was very tasty. The dish had lots of textures due to lots of vegetables like cabbage, mushrooms and leeks.

I ordered the largest set lunch (my friend promised to help me eat it; which he did not, I had to eat it all). It had to come in two trays because there was so much food. The first tray had complements like the rice, the sauce for the tempura and the amuse bouche of salmon & tuna sashimi.

The second tray consisted of the main dishes such as shrimp tempura, egg custard and braised pork shoulder. I have to admit that all the dishes tasted wonderful. Not only were the dishes beautiful to look at, but each individual dish had its own characteristic flavour.

With good ambiance, delicious food and intereresting conversation; this was a very good lunch.

Click here for direction to the Pan-Pacific Hotel & Keyaki Japanese Restaurant

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