May 31 2011
One of the joys of visiting a big city in Southeast Asia like Bangkok is a splurge now and then on the things you can’t always find on the rest of the travelling trail. In my case, these splurges are often edible. While Thai food is undeniably divine, it is also great to take advantage of the many other cuisines on offer in the capital.
If I were to create a bucket-list of Bangkok food splurges, Isao would be right at the top. A sushi bar with an American twist, the restaurant is a cosy nook, a delicious respite from the overpasses and heat outside. And have I mentioned that the grub is delicious? It is. Personal favourites include memorable rolls like the Crunchy, a deep-fried salmon maki, and signature appetisers like the Volcano, a baked scallop in a spicy sauce. Many of Isao’s dishes are a bit more unusual, but there are also all the classic-sushi-favourites done well.
Isao makes a good option for a schmancier dinner if you’re staying in the area but their lunch special makes it a standout place during the day in the Asoke and Phrom Phong areas. In the evening maki at Isao usually run from 200 to 400 baht, but from 11:00-14:30 full meals of a main set, an appetizer, miso soup and fruit plate go for 160 to 250 baht. Big bang for your buck, particularly in this part of town.
Isao is a trendy little joint operating on that cusp between posh and casual. Come during lunch and you’ll share the meal with office workers on their break. Come for dinner and it will be packed with people all dolled up for a night out.
5 Sukhumvit Soi 31
T: (02) 258 0645
Open Mon-Fri, 11:00-14:30 and 17:30-22:00, Sat-Sun, 11:00-23:00.
Take the BTS to Phrom Phong and from there walk to Sukhumvit soi 31. After you turn down soi 31, Isao will be on your left hand side.
Reservations are recommended for dinner but are not needed for lunch.
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