Worth a try!
It was during my second visit in AKA restaurant in which I was able to fully enjoy the unlimited & delectable selections of meat, fresh sea-foods and variety of vegetables here because during my first visit I was reluctant knowing my state as a parturient woman who usually vomits after ingestion of either spicy or fatty foods and so I turned down the unlimited option and chose a single set of Beef Pepper Steak with Vegetables and miso soup. But when my husband orders arrived, I was so envious of him, that he can ask for unlimited round of strip-loin, salmon, beef, shrimp and more, all you have to do is tell the server what you want to be served and voila, they will deliver right on your table. It was only the second visit in where I really eat my heart out and enjoy all the tasty savory meats that I can stuffed my mouth with and obviously we did had a loud burp after.
EXTERIOR & INTERIOR
Like the word AKA pertains to color RED you can check from the Photo below that the signage is in red. The interior part of the restaurant are in modern zen. Mix of black, red and wooden color were used to have that modern zen feel. Unlike other BBQ restaurant that is smoky and greasy the place is quite different and its ambiance is very good. High ceiling with superb ventilation that gives you airy feeling.
Although this is a Japanese Yakiniku restaurant, it felt like its a Korean BBQ house, although their selection is wider compared to Korean, so it’s actually a fusion of Japanese and Korean Cuisine, this is where you actually grill all your orders. You can also order bibimpap and shabu-shabu at the same time for an additional cost. Aside from the meat and seafoods Aka also includes fresh veggies, potato salad, steamed rice, curry rice and goyza. The best meat not to be missed for me is the Australian strip-loin.
The price for the buffet (though please don’t expect the usual buffet settings like in Seoul Garden – a table with lengthy choice of foods but instead a menu book where you can choose whatever you like) At the time of visit we paid 379 Baht each which is pretty affordable for a scrumptious one and half hour eat all you can feast, yes just 1 1/2 hour, you have to finish the deal. But I think that is way long enough to have your stomach full. Drinks are not included in the meal and price cost 60-90 Baht per order. For Ala Carte, prices ranges from 80-200 Baht per set, so this is in between with those cheap BBQ plaza and or the too high pricey hotel buffet.
Though some of the server do not speak English or fully understand, they were attentive enough to attend and cater our orders and needs. They also smiles a lot. Overall for me it was really worth a try, My hubby and I love the food and how each tasty options blend each other. Japanese food as they may say is bland but this one is really tasty and I swear that we even go back the following day for a second round. We ordered watermelon shake for our drinks that compliments the food that we ordered.
We visited them twice both lunch and dinner at weekdays and we experienced that the busiest time is Dinner Time around 6pm-7pm where the server became sluggish as they are busy with people’s order. For us we have to wait ten good minutes for us to be seated alone and another couple of minutes for foods and mind you that we’re a couple, I guess people in big groups will find it hard to find seats at this rush hour. So the next time, we tried it late lunch time it was 1pm and it was good since they only serve 4 groups at a time including us. Also, prepare yourself not to eat much before dining here and enjoy as much as you can.
There are several AKA in Thailand but the restaurant that we’ve visited twice was located on the 7th Floor, Central World, Ratchadamri Rd., so its pretty accessible to any part of the city, we actually stayed at Soi Sathorn 2, so commuting from there is easy as we just have to hail a cab and taxi cost us around 65 Baht to 90 Baht if traffic, so its pretty cheap if you want an hassle-free trip there. Just be sure that the price is not fix and the taxi is metered. Some cab will ask for a hefty 100 Baht or 150 Baht fix, so be wary of this as driver tends to negotiate too much on tourist. You can also take tuktuk (famous transpo here, their bigger version of tricycle).
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.