Over the past few years, robatayaki _ the Japanese primitive-style charcoal grill _ has lent a new gastronomic vibe to cosmopolitan dining scenes across the globe. Despite its century-old, homespun origin in the northernmost part of Japan, robatayaki is now regarded in LA, London, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore and even Paris as fashionable.
The restaurant’s chefowner, Masashi Ikawa from Hokkaido, the hometown of robatayaki cooking.
Up until five months ago, there was only one robata restaurant in Bangkok. The 20-seater Akonoya (opened in September last year) on Sukhumvit Soi 49 offers hipsters and deep-pocketed Bangkok diners an introduction to the communal bonfire feast, where food is cooked before you and served by the chef on a huge wooden paddle.
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