Like trying to tell contestants of Miss Korea 2013 apart, distinguishing outstanding Japanese restaurants from so many seemingly similar choices is no piece of mochi. However, recently opened Shintori, which already has successful outlets in Shanghai, Taipei and Beijing, is attempting to make its Bangkok mark by presenting healthy and highbrow plates amidst the night skyline in a refined atmosphere.
After an elevator ride up to the 18th level of ZEN, the door opens to Shintori and you can sense the serenity in the air right away. The giant wooden door, which gives an impression that something majestic lays beyond it, slides and reveals an impressive main dining hall. It exudes a minimalist Japanese feel and a sense of intrigue with its rock garden, log benches, dark ceiling and other visual treats.
Spotlights are strategically installed to cast splashes of warm light on dining tables, turning them into pedestals on which culinary artworks are to be placed. You can watch the hustle and bustle in the showy and brightly lit kitchen through glass walls or sit near the windows to take in the view of Bangkok at night. A private room is tucked away at one corner and also features the city view (at the time of writing, their outdoor section is still being completed). Shintori not only captivates you visually through its decor but also with its arty food presentation.
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