If you've somehow grown weary of tangy Thai curry and spicy stir fry (may God help your soul), then it's time to head to Nihonmachi (aka Japan Town, NOT to be confused with Little Tokyo in Silom) for some Japanese food therapy. This off-the-beaten path two-storey complex is home to around a dozen specialty restaurants that serve everything from sushi and Japanese pizza to takoyaki and yakitori. Pssst...not many people know about this place, not even locals. Whoo hoo!
We recommend Trabblrs to go on a little crawl of sorts - have a dish or two at one restaurant before heading to the next one; just be sure to eat at the pizza place on the ground floor and Shakariki Shimizu upstairs. The latter is a lively, casual joint with comic strip designs featuring the two young owners. Get the takoyaki, a snack of dough balls stuffed with octopus and pickled ginger - they make it right at your table!
Meeting point: Under the gate to the complex. Finding Nihonmachi can be a bit of a challenge but it won't be so bad if you ask your taxi driver to take you to K-Village, a lifestyle mall, on Soi Sukhumvit 26. Nihonmachi is just behind that.
Leaders, the restaurants in Nihonmachi are open for lunch and dinner.