Jua is Thai for the gambling term ‘hit me’ (in blackjack, a request for the dealer to give one another card), a reference to the previously illegal use of the corner shop-house.
Downstairs is divided into two by a long terrazzo marble counter and chairs. The wall behind the bar is lined with sake bottles from across Japan and co-owner, Jason Lang’s photographs from his book, Sake: The History, Stories and Craft of Japan’s Artisanal Breweries. In the corner, a small kitchen where chef and co-owner, Chet Akins is interpreting Kushiyaki, the Japanese term for skewered meats and fresh vegetables grilled over Binchotan, or Japanese charcoal. Upstairs is restaurant seating for 40 people.
Sit at the bar and dine on an assortment of Japanese and Korean tapas-style delicacies, on plates meant for sharing. Paired with a beverage menu of craft beers, unique wines, handcrafted cocktails, artisanal sake and rare, small-batch spirits, it’s a treat for your taste buds.
Whether is an after work snack, happy hour cocktails or a night out with friends, JUA is 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.