Our picks of the best Robata Bars for: Vegetarians, Most Innovative Menu, Most Authentic Experience, Best All Around Menu and The Gourmand.
Japanese Robatayaki, an ancient culinary technique, originated by Japanese fisherman who were the first to utilize the communal hearth known as an irori (an iron grill) with sumi (Japanese for charcoal).
Sumi Robata Bar
Great for Vegetarians
Address: 702 North Wells Street, Chicago, IL USA
The menu at Sumi Robata Bar, is anchored by a variety of dishes from the Robata grill, enhanced by traditional cold and hot Japanese appetizers. Be sure to take a seat along the Robata counter and see how chefs methodically seasons bits of skewered fish and vegetable to perfection.
Most Innovative Menu
Address: 33 Bridges Street, Hong Kong, China
Yardbird is a firm Hungry Hong Kong favorite. There is never a boring night when it’s spent in this trendy spot. Favorite dishes include the juicy yakitori paired with their signature chili powder, crispy sweet corn tempura, moreish rice cakes, and just about anything on the specials board. A must visit when in the HK.
Most Authentic Experience
Address: 5-3-4 Roppongi Minato-ku,Tokyo, Japan
Traditional Japanese Robatayaki restaurant “INAKAYA” delicious variety of fresh seasonal fish, mouth-watering seafood, meat and vegetables is so popular they opened one in New York and Dubai. Their website proudly tells the story of a US President stopping by to eat. This authentic Robata bar is most loved because you can sample dishes from the “Robatayaki” trained chefs. Pair everything with their in house sake, a Sapporo, or choose from an extensive list of top-quality sake and don’t be afraid to ask the staff for sake recommendations.
Best All Around Menu
Address: 1 – 13 Frith Street, London W1D 4RB, UK
Chotto Matte opened by Kurt Zdesar is one of the first London restaurants serving the still relatively unknown Peruvian-Nikkei fused cuisine born from the Japanese Robata diaspora. The restaurant is a fusion of Puruvian ingredients with the Robata preparation, this style of cooking is the result of Japanese immigrants in Peru who lacked the necessary ingredients to cook their home fare. The Chotto Matte menu consists of Pacific fish and seafood, vegetables of the Andes, and the fruit of the Amazon.
For The Gourmand
Address: 3600 Las Vegas Boulevard Overpass, Las Vegas, NV USA
“My greatest accomplishment has been being able to combine both Japanese cuisine with Korean essence and master it for my customers.” – Executive Chef Akira Back
Located in the Bellagio, Las Vegas’ most opulent Casino on the strip, Chef Akira Back offers a fine dining Robata experience. He uses the highest quality seasonal fish and ingredients as part of an extensive menu of modern Japanese creations. Yellowtail’s cuisine is complimented by the elegant wood and stone décor in the dining room and lounge. There is a dress code so plan ahead.