ISAO Fusion Japanese Sushi Restaurant in Bangkok – Exceeded My Expectations!

By Mark Wiens 8 Comments
Gyoza
Gyoza

From the reviews and from the photos I had seen before eating at ISAO Fusion Japanese Sushi Bar, I had high expectations.

Too high of expectations going into any restaurant is not a great thing, because sometimes we are let down. But at ISAO Japanese restaurant in Bangkok, I was not disappointed at all.

ISAO is a fusion Japanese California sushi bar and restaurant in Bangkok. It’s a trendy mid-ranged kind of place that attracts a young and stylish crowd.

We sat in the upstairs section, beginning our meal with the gyoza, which were as excellent as gyoza can be. They were crispy on the outside and warm in inside.

Jackie roll at ISAO
Jackie roll at ISAO

One of ISAO’s most signature rolls is named the Jackie.

This caterpillar  shaped beauty is for those that enjoy shrimp, such as myself. Filled with tempura, flying fish roe, a slice of avocado, and wrapped with rice, seaweed, and finally a layer of shrimp, Jackie was more than delightful.

Inside of the delicious roll
Inside of the delicious roll

Here’s an interior shot of Jackie herself so you can see the ingredients that she included. Every bite of this roll included a contrast of crunchy and an explosion of flavor.

Price – 350 THB

Sushi sandwich
Sushi sandwich

Another highly praised specialty at ISAO restaurant in Bangkok is their sushi sandwich, molded into the shape of a half of a grilled cheese.

One of the best things to eat at ISAO restaurant, Bangkok, Thailand
One of the best things to eat at ISAO restaurant, Bangkok, Thailand

We ordered the sushi sandwich, mainly because of all the great reviews of it, and again, it proved amazing. Chunks of raw spicy tuna and salmon mingled with the extra tempura crunchies and filled between two slices of rice bread, then sprinkled with flying fish roe… in any shape is delicious.

Dipped into my dish of strong wasabi watered down with soy sauce, I was rejoicing!

Price – 300 THB

Spicy tuna roll
Spicy tuna roll

Every time I walk into a sushi bar, no matter if I’m in Hawaii or in Bangkok, I’m tempted by the spicy tuna roll, one of my personal favorites.

The spicy tuna roll at ISAO restaurant wasn’t quite as glamourous in appearance as some of the other signature rolls, but it was wonderfully flavorful and the spicy tuna was done just right.

Mourning my last bite
Mourning my last bite

I savored every single bite, until it disappeared into my stomach.

Price – 220 THB

California crab roll
California crab roll

Finally, the last roll we tried was the California crab roll. This roll was good, but perhaps could have been a little better. Maybe it was because the others were all so exciting that my tongue needed something with a little more flavor.

Don’t get me wrong, this crab filled roll was good, but overall, I liked the others better.

Katsu don
Katsu don

In order to fill my stomach, I decided to order a side of katsu don, a fillet of deep fried breaded pork over rice with an egg spilled on top. A sprinkle of soy sauce, and it was marvelous too.

Unlike a sushi buffet, such as Oishi Grand, ISAO serves a la carte, so each sushi roll is crafted to perfection – ultimate care is put into the details of each order.

ISAO Japanese Restaurant, Bangkok, Thailand
ISAO Japanese Restaurant, Bangkok, Thailand

The Bottom Line

ISAO serves amazing fusion Japanese rolls and dishes, both my tongue and stomach were impressed. It’s the type of restaurant that, as I was walking out the door, I was already dreaming about my next visit.

For those that enjoy neatly decorated food thats highly fresh, and finest quality, don’t miss ISAO Bangkok.

ISAO Japanese Restaurant Bangkok

Address: 5 Sukhymvit 31 Klongtoey-nua, Wattana, Bangkok 10110
Open hours: Monday – Sunday from 11 am – 2:30 pm, and 5:30 pm – 10 pm
Phone: 0-2258-0645-6
Website: http://www.isaotaste.com/

Prices – It all depends on how much you eat here. Simple rolls are around 200 THB, while more complex rolls are 300 – 400 THB. They also have a selection of larger main dishes (like the katsu don and teriyaki chicken) which run around 200 – 300 THB. You’re likely to spend anywhere from 500 – 1000 THB per person at ISAO, and it’s well worth it!

How to get there:

ISAO is located about 150 meters down Sukhumvit Soi 31 on your left hand side. If you take the BTS, get off at Phrom Phong station, walk to Soi 31, make a right, and you’ll see the small restaurant on your left hand side.


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  • Chun

    4 years ago

    Hey Mark, many thanks for your stellar review and photos! Made me salivate and reminisce about my similar experience at Isao a few weeks ago … Dined at the counter and watched the guys create their sushi magic. Didn’t get a chance to try the sushi sandwich, but will definitely order that next time. Their sake list (though a bit expensive) is also excellent!

    • Mark Wiens

      4 years ago

      Thanks a lot Chun, didn’t get to try their sake this time, but might next time as well. If you love spicy tuna you’ll love the sushi sandwich!

      • Chun

        4 years ago

        Was in town this past week, and finally tried the ISAO sushi sandwich — total bliss! The spicy salmon salad and deep fried tofu with sesame sauce were also fab, all washed down by some nice cold sake. I went back the next two days for their lunch sets. Priced at 250 baht, there were some 6 (or 8?) choices available. I tried the chirashi and maki sushi sets, which came with appetizer, salad, miso soup and tea. Both were wonderfully fresh and delicious, and great value to boot! ISAO rocks!!

        • Mark Wiens

          4 years ago

          Hey Chun, thank for sharing, glad you enjoyed ISAO, makes me want to go back again asap!

  • Maria

    4 years ago

    Love it when food looks as happy as the Jackie roll does. :-D

  • April

    4 years ago

    There is actually a secret dish that wasn’t on the menu, but my friend was so impressed by it that he dragged me to ISAO, waited an hour under the awning because of the long queue, but it was worth it!

    It’s called “Lava Maki”, which the waitress will know. It comes in five pieces of “Maki” meets “Nigiri”. It was a tasty strip of salmon on top of a roll that consisted of tempura shrimp, avocado, and topped with a drop of mysterious sauce (we’re thinking fish innards mixed with mayonnaise) and roe. My friend described it as a explosion of texture and flavor when you put the whole thing in your mouth.

    I thought he was exaggerating, but he was right, it was amazing.

    • Mark Wiens

      4 years ago

      Haha, thanks for sharing April, that sounds delicious. I’m going to have to order that the next time I’m there!