When Koi Restaurant opened its doors in Los Angeles in 2002, it drew the likes of Paris Hilton, George Clooney, Liv Tyler, Leonardo DiCaprio, and many other celebrities. In fact, the paparazzi still to this day wait by the front door to see what celebrity might show up next. And now in Bangkok, you too can enjoy an evening at Koi without having to fight your way through a throng of picturesnapping maniacs, but you still might spot a local celebrity.
After the success of the Los Angeles location, owners Haque Sikder and family decided to expand the restaurant to New York (two locations – Bryant Park and Soho), Las Vegas, Abu Dhabi, and Bangkok. It seems everybody, no matter which restaurant you visit, wants to share plates of Crispy Rice topped with Spicy Tuna, Spicy Crunchy Yellowtail Tartare, or Hamachi Fusion with Soy Yuzu and Truffle Essence – some of the house sushi specialties. Aside from the amazing array of sushi offerings, Koi boasts some serious signature entrees.
Among them are MisoBronzed Black Cod, Kobe Style Filet Mignon, and Steamed Chilean Sea Bass with Ichimi. There are no shortage of creative cocktails, but be sure to give the popular Koi Fusion Melon Pineapple Infused Vodka and Sake a try. Just be careful, because after two or three of these the Koi won’t be the only thing swimming. Fusing Japanese values and principles, with new world trends and taste, Koi has been able to reinvent itself over the years, while maintaining a look a feel it became famous for.
In the Bangkok location, the décor is a harmonious blend of sleek lines with red accents, custom-made furniture sits atop dark wood floors, and soft ambient lighting in all the right places. Located on Sukhumvit, soi 20, the restaurant is open daily from 6pm to midnight, with valet parking available. Koi Restaurant – Bangkok 26, Sukhumvit Soi 20 Klong Toey, Bangkok, 10110 Phone 662) 258 1590