Located just behind in Soi 19 of Westin Bangkok, Sanriku is an Izakaya that opens late in the afternoon and goes on late into the night, and constantly busy all the time.
Sanriku refers to the regions of Iwate, Miyagi and Akita where seafood resources are abundant. And Sanriku Sushi Kyodoizakaya prides itself with a very good selection of fresh fish. However it has an identity crisis. It wants to sell sushi, it wants to sell authentic home cooked Japanese food and it wants to be an Izakaya.
This Izakaya offered a wide variety of Japanese dishes and many of the fresh seafood were imported from Japan. When we walked in at 2am, it was almost full with locals and Japanese expatriate clientele. The sushi counter was business at work, and you can see the Japanese chef given instructions to the local crew.
海鮮サラダ Seafood salad
The Japanese has invested heavily in recent years in manufacturing and farming, and many vegetable farms use Japanese techniques. The salad used local vegetable produce with boiled prawn, vinegar mackerel and tuna sashimi dressed with a ponzu sesame soy. Good supper choice.
牛肉炒め Stir fried beef
A very small portion, but just right as a drinking snack.
ホタルイカ醤油漬け Firefly squid in soya sauce
Yummy with a cold beer.
ウニイクラ軍艦 Sea urchin salmon roe sushi
Not the Japanese uni, but locally sourced ones, there’s a bit of bitter taste to the squishy uni.
Negi, Momo, Shishito, Nasu, Ninniku, Ginnan
Kushiyaki was substandard.
やき明太子 Seasoned Cod Roe
Grilled mentaiko – another good dish with cold beer.
My companion did not want sashimi at 2am, so we did not try their specialty. The ambience was unpretentious and easy going. Waitresses do not speak English very well but it is what you eat that counts. Menu comes in Japanese, Thai, English and Chinese, and has photos for everything, so you can just point and order.
鮨 郷土居酒屋 三陸 Sanriku Sushi Kyodoizakaya
17-13 Soi Sukhumvit 19, Lane 2, Khwaeng Khlong Toei Nuea,
Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand
Tel : +66 2 651 2361
Date Visited : Apr 2017