Ginza is the first and only Japanese restaurant in Phuket Old Town. Located on Yaowarat Road, it offers quality Japanese dishes at fair rates. Ginza’s Thai manager, Khun Yuth, is already well-known as the President of the Food & Beverages Manager’s Association on Phuket (he's also the manager of Up Beach Club at Naithon Beach).
Phuket Old Town has evolved a lot since 2010 and has witnessed the opening of many new coffee shops, bars, restaurants as well as the renovation of many historical buildings – such as The Memory at On On Hotel. It has also seen the burying of ugly overhead electric cables.
This area is certainly a wise choice for investment and Ginza, which means ‘silver coin’ in Japanese, garners all the right elements for success: a great location, quality food and service – all at affordable rates. On top of this, it’s also one of the few stand-alone Japanese restaurants in Phuket.
Ginza is composed of two town-house units, one open for lunch (12:00 – 16:00) and the other open for dinner (17:00 – 02:00). Both have a similar minimalist modern Japanese style and décor with just a few differences; the lunch unit has standard tables and chairs on its left side and Japanese-style low tables and cushions. Unobtrusive traditional Japanese music adds to the Oriental feel here.
The dinner unit displays a teppanyaki set so the chef can grill meat or fish right in front of diners. There is also a ‘private’ room – a mezzanine which hosts up to 10 guests. At the back, a Japanese garden is still under construction and will open for the 2013 high season. It’s planned to expand and become a Japanese beer garden and a Japanese ‘centre point’ in Phuket Town.
Food & Drink
The menu is the same for lunch and dinner, even though the restaurant aims at different customers. For lunch, its location and prices makes it a perfect place for people working in the area. Their Set menu is only 140 baht, including an amuse-bouche, miso soup and the choice between five main dishes: ramen, yaki soba, tonkatsu, tempura and katsu kare. They have a ‘serving under 10 minutes guarantee’ so office workers won’t be late back for work.
For dinner, Phuket Old Town attracts more and more partygoers with its live music bars – Rockin’ Angels Blues Café is a dozen metres away – and other chilled-out places – Route 68 and Duke’s Fusion Bar are also nearby – so Ginza is a good place for dining in the centre of a ‘happening’ area. The dishes are genuinely Japanese: a Nihon-ji chef comes regularly to teach and supervise the kitchen team. Spices, rice and most of the ingredients are also imported from Japan.
All the usual suspects from Japanese cuisine are on the menu: sushi, sashimi, agemono, yakimono, teppanyaki and so on. All dishes are priced between 50 baht – hiyayakko (cold tofu) - and 550 baht – tajima wagyu (wagyu beef sirloin). The drinks list includes a good choice of wines from the Old and New World, Thai, European and Japanese beers, as well as standard green tea and the usual soft drinks.
- Opening Hours: Lunch 12:00 – 16:00, dinner 17:00 – 02:00
- Location: on Yaowarat Road in Phuket Old Town, diagonally opposite Rider Café
- Tel: 076-258486