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REVIEWED: AOI JAPANESE RESTAURANT , BANGKOK, THAILAND

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There are times when travel, even for the most intrepid amongst us, becomes elusive. Fortunately, places like AOI Japanese Restaurant in Bangkok exist, allowing one to take a delightful culinary journey to the Land of the Rising Sun without ever leaving Thailand’s bustling capital.

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From the moment I stepped into AOI, I felt as though I had been teleported straight to a traditional Japanese eatery.

The air was scented with the familiar, comforting aroma of Japan. The aesthetic of the place, adorned with rounded stone pathways, a bar counter, and private tatami rooms, created a beautiful canvas reminiscent of Japan’s rich culture.

Enhancing this ambiance was the staff, dressed meticulously in kimonos, embodying the spirit of Japanese hospitality.

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At the heart of this experience, of course, was the food. The kaiseki course menu is the crown jewel of AOI, boasting over 80% of its ingredients sourced directly from Japan. Every dish I sampled was not just a meal, but a piece of art, embodying the aura of Japan’s seasons. The attention to detail, both in flavor and presentation, was truly remarkable.

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The sukiyaki udon was an absolute highlight. Fresh, handmade udon noodles, plump and cooked to perfection, were complemented by a rich, umami broth crafted from katsuobushi dashi stock and konbu seaweed. An abundance of seafood, including blue crabs and fresh prawns, added to the dish’s opulence. The set was completed by chicken meat and a variety of vegetables, each adding their unique textures and flavors to the mix.

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“For those yearning for a genuine Japanese encounter, AOI delivers authenticity in every bite, every gesture, and every corner of its establishment.”

The Hokkai Kamameshi Set was another memorable feast. Overflowing with salmon, salmon roe, and a delicate soi omelette, this dish was a dance of flavors. The Sandan Jyu, a three-boxed bento set, was a symphony of grilled, fried, and fresh elements, each box offering a taste of Japan’s diverse culinary palette.

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It’s evident that behind AOI’s remarkable offerings is the vision and expertise of a seasoned Japanese chef, whose 27 years of culinary experience shines through each dish.

FINAL VERDICT

In conclusion, AOI Japanese Restaurant is more than just a dining venue; it’s a holistic experience. For those yearning for a genuine Japanese encounter, AOI delivers authenticity in every bite, every gesture, and every corner of its establishment. As newer Japanese restaurants spring up around the city, AOI remains a timeless classic, ensuring that trust in its offerings never wanes.

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