For the Yakiniku Lovers!
Yey! Another food adventure in the Land of Smiles and another Japanese Yakiniku restaurant to savor. I must admit I’m an ardent fan of this kind of grilling place. Last year we really enjoyed AKA restaurant and wanted to relish and redo the experience but this time we opted to seek out something new and so we ended up choosing Sakura Yakiniku and Shabu Shabu Restaurant. By the way, before we proceed with the review let me give you an idea of what Yakiniku is, especially for those who’s not familiar with this kind of cuisine. Yakiniku is a Japanese term for grilled meat or what we and the western usually called Barbecue. Although the term rooted from Japan, some says for some reason that this method of cooking came from Zainichi Koreans and should therefore be considered as Korean Cuisine, yakiniku is believed to be a variant of bulgogi. So there…
EXTERIOR & INTERIOR
As for the look and feel, the usage of wooden tiles and mirror goes well at the entrance, it mimics Japanese architecture as Japanese loves their wood and sliding doors (fusuma). It goes well together with the restaurant signage and emblem which gives the restaurant that Japanese stylish character. Like most upscale BBQ restaurant the place is well-made with proper ventilation through a series of exhaust scattered all over the ceiling.
THE MENU & PRICE
The basic yakiniku buffet is well priced at 399 Baht (Php500 or around 11 USD), this includes several sushi options, tempura, various meat—beef, pork and chicken in slices, vegetables and mushroom, soups and gohan or rice. But since I love New Zealand mussels, salmon and NZ strip-loin we go for the 499 Baht. For an additional 100 Baht you get to enjoy more choices like lamb, Australian chuck, kurabuta, seasoned jellyfish,. prawns and more. They also offer shabu shabu and for non buffet they have ala carte options and set menu.
The yakiniku options were good and in terms of variety they have a much wider selection than AKA, the place is fine, decent and clean and the service is real quick. So I must say I like the resto and would love to be back and experience their food and service again.
Same with AKA, this one is located inside Central World so finding this restaurant wont be hard.
HOW TO GET HERE?
By Train SkyTrain to E1 Chit Lom Station (Sukhumvit Line). Take Exit 9. For Skybridge to Gaysorn Plaza and cross road to Central World via flyover.