KL's yakiniku experts have expanded their horizons: Akashi BBQ brings the atmospheric allure of alfresco grilling to Puchong, spearheaded by the team that currently also steers Taman Desa's much-revered Gerai Makan Japanese BBQ Taisyu Yakiniku.
Follow the scent of the meat, sizzling aromatically outdoors on charcoal-fired stoves, tended patiently & precisely by Akashi's staff. Take a table in this wide-open space & select from choice cuts of pork, beef & seafood, beautifully marinated to preserve the produce's purity of flavour & to best complement the smoky nuances that result from this time-honoured type of cooking.
Our favourite is the pork belly (RM10), endowed with an irreproachably crisp juiciness - one plate might leave you asking for more. The pork neck (RM10) is also pleasurably succulent; but if you prefer far leaner slices, try the leg or shoulder loin (RM10 each). Beef is available too in options like brisket or rib-eye (RM10), which succeed well enough to satiate bovine yearnings.
The Genghis Khan, protein-powered with lamb shoulder cooked with cabbage in a sweet broth on a dome-shaped skillet (RM20), has long earned legendary renown in Taman Desa & is offered in Puchong too. But we were even more impressed by the foil-prepared salmon (RM15) & Japanese squid (RM13), both tender & flavoursome, with delicious dips on the side.
Akashi's kitchen is capable of also whipping up respectable ramen, served in a wallet-friendly soup or fried (RM10 each), the latter of which comes with a most welcome sprinkling of crunchy pork lard that's also present on the garlic fried rice (RM10). End with another teppanyaki temptation, the fried mixed pork organ meat (RM10), & drink up with Kirin beer (RM14) & sake (RM16). Many thanks to the Akashi BBQ team for having us here.
G2 Lot 5362, Jalan Layang-Layang 1, Bandar Puchong Jaya, Selangor. Tues-Sun, 6pm-12am. Tel: 016-221-5093
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