The Michizure Japanese Restaurant is one of three, with the
other two being in Bangkok and Korat.
It is not a large establishment, but even from the outside is
unmistakably Japanese, with wood and rectangular shapes predominating. There is
also the short Japanese ‘curtain’ hanging down over the doors.
entering it is still not a large area, but clever use has been made of the
space. Along one wall is a sit-up sushi bar where you can watch the young chef
make those wonderfully artistic food creations, all rolled up and sliced into
bite sized shapes. I do profess ignorance between sushi and sashimi, despite
having been appraised of it. However, having closely watched the specialized
chefs, I do know that there is much painstaking skill and culinary artistry
The rest of the floor space has been used to provide a
traditional Japanese eatery where you sit on the elevated floor and dine off low
tables. For Thai people, and those who are young and fit, this poses no problem,
but for the rest of us, it might be better to stick with the sit-up bar! The
various tables are separated by low Shoji style screens, and the rest of the
decor tends towards bamboo and Japanese minimalism along with the mandatory
photo of Mt. Fuji.
menu is a photographic one, which certainly makes sense for any restaurant that
may have an international clientele looking to order cuisine that it is not
totally sure of. Fish and chips may be universal (was that all the Brits gave
the world?), but Futo Maki is not so well known!
Set menus are offered for those who have totally no idea of
Japanese food and are probably a good idea for the tyro. There are four of
these, with the BBQ, the Tempura and the Saba sets at B. 150, while the more
expensive Eel set comes in at B. 350.
There are a couple of soups, with the better known Miso at B.
50 while the not so well known Butajiru is B. 95. The various sushi items are
again presented in visual form, with the aforementioned Futo Maki offered at B.
200. Another Japanese favourite is grilled Pacific Saury at B. 130.
There are also some surprisingly different items, such as a
Japanese pizza at B. 100 and an item called an ‘Asparabacon’ roll, which is
simply a roll made up of asparagus and bacon! This is B. 85. Most other items in
the menu are under B. 100.
Michizure provided us with a range of items to try, and the
first was a beef and schnitzel dish with rice, potato and carrot. This did not
seem like traditional Japanese fare to us, seeming to be more of a cross between
Asian and Euro, and predominantly from the West. Whatever its origin, it was
actually very pleasant.
Futo Maki was next, which came with its own serve of Wasabi
(Miss Terry Diner’s favourite addition to any food). Again very pleasant.
The next dish was another new taste for all of us. A Japanese
pizza! A thick crust pizza, complete with Japanese writing on the top (which
probably said “pizza!”). This was another dish we all enjoyed.
To be honest, I was pleasantly surprised by Michizure. The
food is of a high standard and is not expensive by Japanese restaurant
standards, even though the maitre d’ was apologizing for some items as she
uses the more expensive imported ingredients, rather than the locally available
(and cheaper) ones. The Japanese ‘pizza’ was a real eye opener, while the
beef and schnitzel dish with rice, potato and carrot seemed as if it would have
been at home in any European restaurant. In this way, Michizure has elevated
itself above ‘simple’ Japanese to give itself a more international appeal.
Worth a try one evening. Take along a bunch of people and experiment.
Michizure Japanese Restaurant, 164/102-3 Changklan Road (in
front of Wachirawit school), telephone 053 818 523. Open every day 3.30 p.m.
until 11 p.m. and for lunch on Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. until 1.30 p.m.
Street parking. Free home delivery within Chiang Mai City.