Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Aka Raka @ Solaris Dutamas, Outside Publika

This Korean-founded BBQ restaurant features a few interesting flourishes, with a kitchen spearheaded by Mr Kim, a charming & cheerful chef with more than 15 years of experience, which include a long stint in the U.S., where Aka-Raka's owners reside.

Aka-Raka's attraction is a salad-&-side-dish buffet (complimentary with purchase of grilled sets), with lots of offerings.

When we visited, the counters were heaving with Korean-style tempura prawns, sushi, skewers, dumplings, tofu, kimchi, vegetables & other accompaniments to complement our meal. Help yourselves, but note there'll be a charge for wastage if you can't finish the food on your plate. This selection is expected to change everyday.

Eventually, the spotlight is ceded to the the grill - we opted for pork belly marinated with green tea (RM28), but there are plenty of other options, spanning wine-marinated pork (RM30), spicy ribs (RM30), as well as a beef selection with rib-eye, striploin & short rib possibilities, costing between RM35 & RM60 for servings sufficient to share.

We enjoyed the pork belly - juicy enough, moderately flavoursome, cooked with care by the chef & his helpers at the table.

Not into BBQ? No prob - have a tender 'yukhoe' steak tartare, or try the noodle bowls, pancakes, stir-fried seafood or casseroles, washed down with some welcome sips of shochu. Thanks to the Aka-Raka team for hosting this meal.

Aka-Raka
D3-G3-1, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur. Same row as Whimsical. Mon-Fri, 4pm-12am; Sat-Sun, 1am-12am

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16 comments:

  1. What are those in the middle of the tables? Hot plates for grilling stuff or the base for the glass top carousel? Everything looks neat and clean, including the food.

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    1. Suituapui: oh yes, each table is set up with its own grill, conveniently :D and yeah, neat and clean presentations, you're right :)

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  2. I have never tried anything marinated with green tea, Sean. Is it tender and flavourful? :)

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    1. Linda: the green tea flavour is subtle but it seems to add a nice note to what would otherwise be plain pork :)

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  3. Now tis is my type of resto! =)

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    1. Ulric: haha, yes, you grilling monsta :D

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  4. There's one thing I can't bring myself to eat and that's steak tartare! :D Hope they aren't too strict with their charge on unconsumed food coz there's bound to be minimal leftovers :(

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    1. Contact.ewew: heheh, i love raw stuff, and so far, touch wood, i haven't had problems, but ya, it's definitely a risk at certain restaurants :) ya, i think as long as there isn't too much obvious wastage, i think it's ok. they charge a set amount (RM10 i think) for wastage :)

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  5. the steak tartare looks good. perfect with some soju!

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    1. Missy: heh, yeah, we polished up every bit of the beef in the tartare. and it's good that all the korean bbq outlets serve soju :)

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  6. No pic of the charming chef? Hehehe.
    I haven't visited Publika area for long long time, I think at least a year. :P

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    1. CK: the charming chef was a bit too busy, heheh :) wow, that's a very, very, very long time ... but ya, you've been gone for a very, very, very long time too :)

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  7. I know some people disapprove of the whole 'charging for wastage' thing but its a good idea! As is grilling your own delicious meat :)

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: i agree with you, there's no justification for wastage :) heh, hurray for meaty meals :)

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  8. Price range seem very competitive with Korean BBQ restaurants out there, the eat-all-you-can side dishes definitely a plus point!

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    1. Choi Yen: ya, i guess the buffet of side dishes is meant to replace the usual ban chan that's served at the table at most other korean restaurants :)

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