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“So-so food quality & ambience - disappointing for a restaurant in a top-class hotel” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Taihei

Taihei
21/100 South Sathon Road | 53rd and 54th floors Banyan Tree Hotel, Bangkok 10120, Thailand (Yannawa)
026791200
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Ranked #599 of 7,183 Restaurants in Bangkok
Cuisines: Japanese
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Neighborhood: Yannawa
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“So-so food quality & ambience - disappointing for a restaurant in a top-class hotel”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2012

We had a set dinner (under the LuxuryLink package) which looked and tasted like the usual bento set meal in an average/mass market Japanese restaurant. Set consisted of following: Choice of grilled salmon or pork (which was tough), average-tasting chawanmushi, chicken yakitori (only acceptable hot item on menu in my view), miso soup, pickles & cheap appetizer (unappetising-looking & tasting cold item + vege). Yuzu icre cream was good.
This set meal tasted cheap (probably cos it's part of the package) but it doesn't do justice to the reputation of this restaurant. Perhaps it's better for the restaurant not to participate in this programme than to compromise its reputation by offering this quality of meal.

Restaurant on 52/53rd floor at Banyan Tree Bangkok looked far nicer on website than in reality. We were give seats at the counter and the cooking area/kitchen (not that nice-looking) was in full view of customers. Ambience (or the lack of it!) was disappointing.

I won't recommend this place as a romantic dining venue, or if quality of food is important to you.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“New Year at Taihei - Epic fail”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2010

We had made an advance reservation at Taihei for a New Year's Dinner. When we arrived at the hotel the day before, we took a look at the menu that was on display in the hotel lobby. It looked nice, with a solid, detailed selection of local and imported fish.
When we arrived at the restaurant, we had to find out that there is a restricted menu for New Year's Eve. Unfortunately, "restriction" in this case meant stripping it down to very generic choices: It was just standard Sushi and Sashimi selections, paired with standard Teppanyaki stuff. No local fish, no chance to put together a diverse Japanese meal. I have no problem in a chef restriciting choice for New Year's Eve if the reason is to create something special. But offering *less* in creativity AND diversity on a day like that frankly puzzles me. In the end, we chose to share a seafood Teppanyaki and a Sashimi selection. The Sashimi selection consisted of your usual lowest-common-denominator-fish (tuna, salmon, squid, *yawn*). The Teppanyaki was the same routine you get in any other Teppanyaki joint. We were looking forward to some unique Japanese cuisine. What we got was off-the-shelf, globalised everyday food. You don't really need an experienced head chef to come up with the stuff we were served.
There wasn't anything technically wrong with the food, it was just very average and bland.
There was something severely wrong with the serving speed though. The appetizer came at the same time as our aperetif cocktails. By the time we were through with the second course and faced with the sashimi, we decided to just let it stand there for a while to give my wife the chance to actually finish her aperitif before we reach dessert. If we would have gone with the speed the staff tried to impose on us, we would have been out of the restaurant in less than 45 minutes. By eating REALLY slow, we managed to stretch it to 90 minutes and squeeze in a small bottle of Sake. I was looking forward to sampling two or three bottles but I was rushed through the dinner so fast, there was no way.
I have to admit though that, in the end, we started speeding up things a little ourselves again. There were two reasons for that: the noise and the temperature. We were seated at a table right underneath a speaker with a-little-too-loud christmas flute music, while there was some distinct dance music with a solid bass fundament coming from somewhere else. Imagine trying to have a romantic dinner with your wife while having a flute version of "Silent Night, Holy Night" intruding one ear and some Boom-Box sound invading your other ear - and all this while sitting in cold storage.
I am used to heavily air-conditioned restaurants in Thailand but Taihei topped them all. The family sitting next to us had some little girls in shoulderless dresses, sitting huddled under their napkins(!) because it was so cold. My wife had to take a hot bath afterwards, just to defrost.
On a positive note: we really loved the view and the interior decoration at Taihei. The architects did a fabulous job (as they did with basically everything in Banyan Tree). And the staff was really friendly (just too hectic)

    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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“Good Japanese food; overpriced drinks”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2010

We went to Taihei for lunch and were nearly the only ones in the restaurant. The view on Bangkok from the 53rd is stunning. The place is decorated in the 70s style, all plastic with rounded edges.

Combination platters at 350 Baht (7 euros), including a miso soup, sashimi, salad and a teryaki skewer, were very good. The soup was thick and tasty and sashimi impeccably fresh. However, a bottle of plain water (Evian is their default choice) at 290 Baht (6 euros) is definitely a rip-off.

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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