Sukhumvit area contains variety of Japanese restaurant vary from affordable lunch set to exquisite Kaiseki (懐石) cuisine. The term also refers to the collection of skills and techniques that allow the preparation of such meals and is analogous to Western haute cuisine.
Umenohana Solaria are located at Solaria luxurious Nishitetsu Hotel Bangkok. Conveniently next to BTS Asoke with an exclusive junction from BTS station. Umenohana (“Plum Blossom”) was first established in 1976 in Japan specializing in Crab and also later Tofu dishes which I am experiencing Tofu Kaiseki lunch set today.
As I arrived around late afternoon, there are not many guest in the restaurant. I was impressed with the staff services level since they provide such excellent etiquette close to what I experienced in Kaiseki establishment in japan. The ambiance are peaceful with amazing traditional background music which seems like a perfect place for a tranquility retreat from chaotic Sukhumvit street.
Starting off with a contrast between of cold Mineoka Tofu (Left) and hot Steamed Egg custard (Right). Menoka Tofu are cold with delicate texture supported by a fresh citrusy Yuzu sauce. Steamed Egg custard are also enjoyable with delicate texture combined with small shrimp.
Tofu Shumai are presented beautifully with a kick off mustard on top to spice things up.
Yuba Age are Fried tofu blended with steam fish ball which exceeded my expectations. The texture are perfectly crispy without being too oily and seasoning are just perfect. This is my highlight for this meal.
Tofu salad with crispy potato on top, Miso soup, pickles and rice are up to enjoyable level.
Fuku Fuku Tofu are Fresh Tofu served with “Mabo An” sauce which seems like a mild Mapo Tofu version. The main idea is to reflect Tofu natural taste and texture.
Lastly, dessert was Mineoka fruits as a light way to end this enjoyable Kaiseki Tofu lunch set. I would says the place are more suitable for a more formal business meeting with an excellent cuisine, services and ambiance. Also, an adventurous way to experience Tofu base lunch set in a healthy and satisfying feeling at the end of a meal.