All-you-can-eat servings of grilled meat & seafood at wallet-pleasing rates? That’s the hook for Rocku Yakiniku, currently the top highlight of the Pavilion mall’s new seventh-floor, multi-outlet dining department (take the escalator up from TGI Friday’s).

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Japanese BBQ and Live Music

Rocku Yakiniku is the first Malaysian spin-off of a Singaporean restaurant of the same name in the city-state’s Bugis+ mall. It seeks to supply not only Japanese barbecue cuisine but also entertainment, with live musicians expected to perform at night.

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Limited To 100 Minutes Per Meal

Rocku Yakiniku is cavernous, with a look that’s meant to evoke a colourful sort of edginess. For budget-conscious customers, head here during daytime (11am-5pm), when meals cost RM32.90++ per person (50 percent off for children). In the evening (5pm-11pm), the charge rises to RM49.90++. Patrons are generally limited to 100 minutes per meal; if you require more time, it’ll cost RM9.90 for each additional 20 minutes.

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Carnivorous Feast

Rocku Yakiniku’s grilled selection remains the same throughout business hours, so whether you’re here for lunch or dinner, you can feast on pork belly, bacon & collar, plus beef rib-eye, sirloin & chuck steak, as well as chicken.

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Crustacean Selection

And a selection of seafood that includes prawns, mussels, butter fish, salmon, squid, scallops & shishamo, all of which can be ordered as many times as you like throughout the 100-minute time limit.

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Choose Wisely

DIY cooking eats up a lot of time, so the 100 minutes might fly faster than expected. Choose wisely then; the best cuts might be the beef rib-eye, satisfyingly tender & flavoursome, plus everything porky, particularly the savoury bacon & the juicy belly. Most cuts proved pretty tasty – if we tried ordering them a la carte at a regular restaurant, the cost would have easily soared; in that sense, Rocku Yakiniku provides very reasonable value for money, specifically for the lower-priced lunch sessions.

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But we might skip the seafood next time; it takes more effort & care to cook, offering potentially lesser returns versus the meat. Plus point: Ventilation at the powerfully air-conditioned Rocku Yakiniku is excellent, so you might not risk leaving the restaurant smelling of smoky meat. Then again, we were here on a weekday afternoon when the outlet was mostly empty, so there wasn’t too much heat & cooking going on around us to tax the venue’s capabilities.

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Buffet-Style Spread

A buffet-style spread is available too, with highlights like beef brisket (worthwhile) & mackerel (marvellously moist).

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Plus chawanmushi, chuka hotate (seasoned scallop), idako (baby octopus), kurage (jellyfish), wakame (seaweed) & more.

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Sake and Beer

Sake & beer are available; for the former, prices start at RM25++ for a 250-ml carafe.

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Location and Contact Details

Rocku Yakiniku Malaysia

Level 7, Pavilion, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 03 2148 8884

Find: Contact details and map for Rocku Yakiniku Malaysia here.

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