Bangkok, with its streets cramming with Japanese restaurants, is not clamouring for more of the same Japanese eateries.

What it craves in all its veins and blood vessels is a good Nippon culinary institution where the food and setting really sing for what the ingredients native to Japan really have to say.

Like the painting with a painter, food evolves with its cooks. And at Kintsugi Bangkok by Jeff Ramsey, a progressive kaiseki-style Japanese restaurant situated on the third floor of The Athenee Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Bangkok, the venue offers up a menu which is an ode to Japanese ingredients.

Helmed by Japanese-American Chef Jeff Ramsey of Michelin-starred Babe restaurant in Kuala Lumpur, Kintsugi puts traditional Japanese cuisine in the limelight, whilst still keeping alive the chef’s signature of Japas — a cross between Japanese food and tapas — cuisine. Another thing that lies at the core of Kintsugi’s values is a fun dining – not fine dining –experience, an offering of a theatrical yet approachable dining with a service that encourages guest-chef intimacy.

The setting here is bedecked with Japanese-accented elements touched with a splash of contemporary charm. The part-bar, part-kitchen space amid the establishment enables diners to watch chefs in action as they fix up your meals artfully on the spot.

Apart from the ambience that oozes out Nippon sophistication, the menu here also exudes a glamour of Japanese cuisine. The tasting menus include a lineup of dishes (usually 9-15 courses) and features stellar dishes like Nagano Walnut Soba and the show-stopping foie gras monaka, in the liking of ice cream sandwich. There is also an a la carte menu available.

So Japanese food aficionados who are looking to preface 2020 on a scrumptious note, Kintsugi Bangkok by Jeff Ramsey will pave a soul-stirring, tummy-pleasing way for your best dining year to come.

Kintsugi Bangkok by Jeff Ramsey, 3 Fl., The Athenee Hotel Bangkok, 61 Wireless Road, Lumphini, Bangkok, +6626 508 800 or e-mail: fb.theathenee@luxurycollection.com

Kintsugi Bangkok Instagram: @kintsugibangkok

Chef Jeff Ramsey Instagram: @chefjefframsey

Kankanit Wichiantanon
Writer, Bangkok
Kankanit is a writer by day and a baker by night. If there’s one thing you should know about her, it’s that she can wax poetic about food 24/7. Her daily routine is writing, cooking, eating, repeat. They are the things that inspire her from morning 'til night.