Address:Ground floor, Ascott Building 187 South Sathorn Road Bangkok, Thailand
You know anything about Japanese pizza? We only heard of the name but really didn’t know what it is like, until we found out this place “Nanjya Monjya”. It is hidden at the back of the Sathon Accott service apartment on ground floor. The interior is what we would imagine a Japanese restaurant would be with light wood flooring, tables, and wooden mezzanine structure. Most of the tables equiped with a large flat cooking pan. We were greeted with the young manager Khun Hideki Kaneko, formerly known as a professional tennis player who played many tournaments with Paradon and the Asean Games.
Buta Modan when completed
The Japanese take their food very seriously and to see how their food was prepared or better do some cooking themselves is preferable. Nanjya Monjya provides a wide array of Japanese cuisine but what this place have that not other have is the Japanese pizza and Monjyayaki. Japanese pizza also call Okonomi yaki is layers of vegetable, toppings(pork, sea food, etc.), noodles, mayonnaise, sauce, dried cutlet fish cooked on a large flat pan. It could be prepared by the social staff at your table or better by yourself. There is a magazine they give out to dinners how everything is done and it is also the menu. We tried the “Buta Modan” pork belly, egg noodles, and a vegetable mixture. When done it is sliced into pie pieces like pizza. Monjyayaki is similar but every ingredient is mixed together in a bowl with fish soup and sautéed until dried. Then each of us was given a small shovel to scrape small portions off the pan. I have to say it was fun seeing, doing, and tasting all this. There about 20 type of preset toppings and more individual toppings choices to choose from for both Okonomi yaki and Monjyayaki. We tried other rare dishes like the Tori Gralic, chicken cooked with large amount of garlic on a small hot pan. It was cooked until the surface caramelized which was an intense garlic flavor. Another one was the “Tofu Mentai Cheese Yaki”, it was a flavorful melted cheese layer on top soft tofu in a hot pan.
Buta Modan when still cooking
This place is a bit pricey for the small portion of each dish. But it is fun and unique. Suitable for families and colleague get together. Definitely not a place for a romantic date or a place to start the night because of the fumes from the pan will get you smelling like a tapanyaki kitchen.
Mentai Monjya; mentai is cod roe which is blended in the mixture
The staff preparing the pizza and Hideki showing how to scrape the Monjya
Fairly good sushi is offered here