Bangkok has plenty of good Japanese restaurants, but many can be a bit chilly toward newcomers. Genji is the happy exception, and the staff is always pleasant. There's an excellent sushi bar and several small private rooms where you can enjoy succulent grilled eel or a Kobe beef roll with asparagus and fried bean curd. Set menus for lunch and dinner are well conceived, and are a nice change from typical Thai fare. Lunch seats fill up quickly, and dinner sometimes requires a wait.
Nai Lert Park Hotel Bangkok, 2 Wittayu (Wireless Rd.), Bangkok, 10330, Thailand
Jan 20, 2011
This is my first time writing a review but I had to write one for this restaurant because it was horrible. I just got engaged and we decided to celebrate a few days later with a nice sushi dinner in Bangkok. We chose Genji as it looked upscale and a great place to celebrate. We made reservations around 7pm for 8:30pm. When we showed up we were the only people in the restaurant and there were about 7 waiters/waitresses. This already made for an odd
situation. Then they proceeded to sit us at the sushi bar. There was literally no one else at the restaurant so I'm not sure why we needed to sit at the sushi bar, so we moved to a regular table. When we sat down we were given the menu and kindly asked for a cocktail menu. They were really confused and finally brought us the hotel bar's cocktail menu. I ordered a drink and a few minutes later was told they didn't have it. I ordered another drink and they didn't have that one either. As I attempted to order dinner the waitress wasn't helpful nor did she speak much English. We finally ordered 3 appetizers as we tried to figure out what to order as our entree and the waitress just stood there listening to us chat about our entree choices. When they brought us our appetizers all 7 waiters watched us eat to the point that a piece of food accidentally fell out of my mouth (gross, yes I know) but they all started laughing at me. When they brought our the 3rd appetizer they brought us Salmon Tartare instead of beef. At this point I didn't even want to eat here. The entire situation was SO awkward. The place was silent, there wasn't even elevator music (!), the food was expensive, the wait staff was odd and the food wasn't really that good. We left without ordering entrees because it was so uncomfortable. Overall, I don't recommend this place and I certainly don't recommend it if you're trying to celebrate anything.