In Japan, the term kushiyaki refers to skewered meats and fresh vegetables grilled over binchotan, or Japanese charcoal. At JUA we take this idea a few steps further. In addition to classic kushiyaki, our chefs dish out an assortment of japanese and korean delicasies prepared à la minute and served, tapas-style, on plates meant for sharing. This is unpretentious drinking food best enjoyed with good friends and family. Our beverage menu is a thoughtful collection of craft beers, unique wines, handcrafted cocktails, artisanal sake and rare, small-batch spirits.
The intimate yet functional space comfortably seats up to 40 guests and is located near the Chao Praya River in Talat Noi, Bangkok’s emerging “Creative District”. The 3-story building was formerly a baan kaanphanan, or illegal gambling house, that operated for more than 25 years. JUA is a reference to the game of Siamese blackjack, otherwise known as pok daeng, and loosely translates to “hit me!” in the original Thai. The name serves as a playful tribute to the building’s nefarious past.
JUA’s primary goal is to promote a memorable social atmosphere that encourages an after work snack, happy hour cocktails or a night out. A place to relax, unwind, and enjoy food and drink as they are meant to be enjoyed, in a immaculately-designed space that combines the spirit of Osaka’s backstreets with vibrant energy and laidback soul of Bangkok’s old town.