JUA - Omakase
Japanese / Chinatown • $$$
In Japan, the term kushiyaki refers to skewered meats and fresh vegetables grilled over binchotan, or Japanese charcoal. At JUA we take this idea a few steps further. In addition to classic kushiyaki, our chef dishes out an assortment of izakaya fare prepared tapas-style on plates meant for sharing. This is unpretentious drinking food that is best enjoyed with good friends and family. Our beverage menu is a thoughtful collection natural wines, handcrafted cocktails, artisanal sake and small-batch spirits.
The intimate yet functional space comfortably seats up to 40 guests and is located near the Chao Praya River in Bangkok’s emerging “Creative District”. The 3-story building was formerly a “baan kaanphanan”, or illegal gambling house, that operated for more than 20 years. JUA is a reference to the game of Siamese blackjack (otherwise known as “pok daeng”) and loosely translates to “hit me!” in the original Thai. The name serves as a playful tribute to the building’s nefarious past.
The design, by Sean Dix Design & Architecture in Hong Kong (Yardbird, Belon, Lil’Bao, Ho Lee Fook), is informal and minimal, incorporating a muted color palette that allows for the artwork, custom furnishings and elements of the surrounding neighborhood to shine through. The overall aesthetic is a thoughtful mix of Thai and Japanese modernism.
JUA’s primary goal is to promote a memorable social atmosphere that encourages an after work snack, happy hour cocktails or a night out. A place to relax, unwind, and enjoy food and drink as they are meant to be enjoyed, in a immaculately-designed space that combines the spirit of Osaka’s backstreets with vibrant energy and laidback soul of Bangkok’s old town
8 Course Omakase - ฿1,000++
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Chef Chet Adkins’ impeccably prepared izakaya-style skewers celebrate quality charcoal and produce. Luscious banana prawns come grilled to that medium sweet spot on aromatic longan wood and smeared with durian butter, while house-cured bacon-wrapped asparagus brims with the smokiness of tamarind wood. Adkins’ business partner, photographer Jason Lang, is an expert on sake and ensures the bar remains well stocked.Read full review on BK
- Hua Lamphong (MRT)
- 672/49 Soi Charoenkrung 28, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500