TGIF! To kick start our weekend, Fravel went full throttle with authentic Japanese food, right in the heart of Bangkok’s shopping district. BTS Ploen Chit is only a couple of stops away from BTS Siam, and plays home to many hidden treasures – one of which we reckon is Sushi Masa, wedged neatly within the relatively quiet confines of Soi Ruamrudee.
Many bloggers call this place a runaway hit. Some complained that the food was not up to par, while some found that it houses one of the best Sushi in Bangkok. We crossed our fingers and went in without knowing which camp to trust!
We were torn between the branch at BTS Ratchathewi and Ploen Chit, but went ahead with the latter with hope of finding proper seats, rather than the bar counter. It wasn’t as packed as we expected – the restaurant was less than half filled! We’re probably too used to snaking queues back to Singapore, and this provided us with a stress-free dining experience. Thumbs up!
We ordered the salmon roll, which comes with 8 generous servings of torched sushi. Unlike what you might get in Singapore, the salmon is thick, chunky and wraps around the entire serving of rice. JDM presentation at its best! To be honest, we might be a tad greedy to order more than this – 4 servings per person doesn’t sound like much. But we were absolutely clattered by the post-food coma…
That does not include our next order – tamago. In our opinion, this is a must-order dish to wash away the rawness and purity of sushi. 6 thick chunks flavoured with sweet and salty sauce – just the way we like it!
The star of the show, we reckon, will be the Salmon Tataki. Priced at SGD$10.50, it doesn’t come cheap for the locals at least. We were this close to not ordering this dish for fear of post-food coma, but we went ahead nonetheless. The salmon is drenched with a unique dressing – garlic and chilli paired with no lack of lime sauce to quell the taste of the salmon. We like how the salmon comes with a little fat, for it to absorb the sauce. Absolutely divine!
Will we be back for more? Yes, and we’ll cross our fingers for the standard to be kept as good as our first experience. Fravel suggests visiting the branch next to BTS Ploen Chit, as it’s only a 2-minute walk from Exit 4 of the station. Sit back and indulge!
[Soi Ruamrudee, BTS Ploen Chit, +66 90 518 7777]