Sometimes simple pleasures can go unnoticed, sitting right under your Bangkok nose for years, like Tagged.com, sobriety, or in this case the 49 Community Mall. Unlike the pretentious, corporate laded Rain Hill eco-mall at the mouth of Sukhumvit Soi 47, which doesn’t understand what the word ecological means, 49 Terrace houses a handful of well-kept eateries on its premises. One of which is the Japanese restaurant, Yasashii.
KohSpot knows unpretentious isn’t a word you can confidently use to describe a mall that includes an Italian restaurant with two Italian guitar crooners strumming outside and Yasashii, which features a faux bamboo forest at the entrance. But in Yasashii’s case, they focus on creating a laid-back atmosphere once seated, along with mouthwatering dishes that are not traditionally Japanese.
We know we will probably regret writing this, but Yasashii is one of the few restaurants that is both family-friendly and an appropriate option for a date. Dim lighting, a slick black and cream color scheme, and jazz on the speakers sets a classy mood. But outdoor balcony seating, open sightlines of the neighborhood and a pleasing criss-cross geometric design seems to keep kids occupied as well.
The salmon and tuna tartare (280 baht) is tangy, with balsamic vinegar, roe and alfalfa to limit the creaminess. The seared scallops in garlic and butter (360 baht) only offers two pieces, but oh what scallops! These are the real deal, the size of a baby’s fist, not Thai scallops. The fried tofu with soba noodles (200 baht) were more pedestrian, the Nigiri sashimi set (1,000 baht) will even you out.
It’s sort of a cheating to even call this fusion when at least half the dishes have no semblance of Japanese, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t tasty. And don’t think Yasashii is a hidden gem just because it forgoes advertisements and doesn’t get a lot of press. It is consistently busy with local residents that appreciate Yasashii’s dedication to an efficient eatery that uses great ingredients.
Yasashii is well worth your time. Call ahead for reservations.
Location: 49 Sukhumvit Soi 49, top floor of 49 Terrace community mall, on the left-hand side, just before Villa Market and Samitivej Hospital.
Mass transit: BTS Thong Lor, then take a motosai
Hours: 11:30 am-2:30 pm, 5:30 pm-10 pm Tuesdays to Sundays, closed Mondays