Japanese food is an acquired taste. If you are a fan, you know that there is nothing like it. The simplicity and balance of flavors, the impeccable presentation, and the integrity of the ingredients of Japanese cuisine are truly one of a kind. If your taste buds suddenly call for a plate full of sushi or perhaps you need to satisfy your craving for gyoza and coffee jelly, Koh Samui has a number of impressive Japanese restaurants for you to try. Here are some of them.
Part of the W Retreat in Maenam, Namu is a Japanese-Asian Fusion restaurant that serves quality sushi and excellent yellowtail sashimi. The ambience is romantic, which makes it an ideal place for a wedding proposal or an anniversary dinner. Namu takes pride in its gorgeous views that you can see from its picture windows. Wooden ceilings and furnishings echo the tropical vibe of the surroundings and add to the charm of the place.
Namu serves dinner everyday and is open for lunch every Friday to Sunday. The star of the menu is the Wagyu Rib Eye, which is tender and char grilled to perfection. Their lobster tempura is a must try too especially if you want something crunchy and tasty. Their grilled salmon is another stunner—a delicately flavored fish with special caper sauce. Another popular offering is the spicy edamame. It is an interesting appetizer that vegans will love.
Kobori Japanese Restaurant
This lovely restaurant in Maenam is among the most highly rated dining places as far as Japanese cuisine is concerned. The food is a bit on the pricey end but the owner is a charmer and the dishes are really delicious. The flavors are authentic, service is fast, and the feel of the place is casual but relaxing.
Their sashimi is amazing, as well as their pork gyoza and very special passion fruit sake. If you want something hearty and filling, an order of their ramen may hit all the right spots. Overall, the Kobori Japanese Restaurant deserves all the hype surrounding it.
Sushi Bar by Yin Yang
Known for its breathtaking sea views, Sushi Bar by Yin Yang is highly recommended if you want to go on a sushi all you can feast. This chic resto in Bophut offers all-you-can sushi for less than 600 Baht. The contrast between the water views and the red decor inside Sushi Bar adds an interesting element to the dining experience. Some of the diners’ favorites are the California roll and salmon roll.
Kiddie meals can be availed at Sushi Bar. Children can enjoy yummy comfort food such as chicken nuggets, chicken steak, spaghetti, and fish & chips. Also note that the place does not accept credit card payments so make sure you have cash ready when you eat.
Tai by Red Snapper
Another Japanese place that offers buffet is Tai by Red Snapper. Tai can be found at Central Festival Samui and is a nice stop for those who want to indulge in sushi and cocktails. The food is expensive but the tuna is absolutely delicious. Food is served hot and perfectly seasoned, which diners can enjoy indoors or al fresco. Aside from the sushi and sashimi, guests can also sample some of the house’s yummy skewers. Make sure to also try their yakisoba, strawberry martini, and salmon steak.
Air Bar Samui Restaurant
If you love an outstanding ambience as much as great Japanese food, Air Bar is highly recommended. This is famous for its beautiful sunset views and romantic setting. This is located at Intercontinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort. This Koh Samui Japanese Restaurant boasts some of the finest views on the island. The plus is that their food is also spectacular. Their spicy tuna roll is highly addictive, while their snapper tempura is good to the last bite and works well with the tartar sauce. Both the sushi and sashimi platters offer great value for money and are most suitable if you want to sample first and have some variety. For vegans, try the avocado maki and don’t miss out on the veggie tempura. These two are light but immensely satisfying. Lastly, Air Bar has a superb wine selection so you’ll have the perfect drink to go well with your food.
Zen Japanese Restaurant
With several branches in Koh Samui, Zen Japanese Restaurant will satisfy your cravings bite after bite. This is a known kid-friendly place, which is great news if your children are picky eaters.
The staff is very efficient and every dish is not only delicious but is also very visually appealing. The rainbow sushi plate contains many different kinds of sushi and is colorful indeed. To warm your tummy before your main meal, we highly recommend that you start with the miso soup.
Ageha Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar
For folks who want a satisfying shabu shabu, this Koh Samui restaurant in Lamai will impress you. Ageha is a wonderful little gem that serves amazing sushi at affordable prices. Their green tea is very nice too and is an ideal accompaniment for the dishes. Ageha may not be as fancy as other restaurants on the island but it sure does serve amazing dishes. People love their seaweed salad, maki, and ramen noodles.
Nikki Beach Koh Samui
This trendy dining place gets extra points for its chic tropical ambience. For those who want to eat Japanese food but at the same time be able to have local food options, Nikki Beach is the right pick. This serves some of the best eel rolls and ahi tuna tataki. Vegetarian options are available on the menu as well. Aside from these, Nikki Beach has a wide selection of sandwiches and wraps. Some of the highly raved about items on the menu are the Nikki Beach Sushi Dragon, Grilled Seafood Feast, and Seasoned Edamame.
If the Japanese food cravings start to kick in, be sure to try any of these impressive Koh Samui restaurants.