Sometimes restaurants try to do too much. Expansive menus meant to please every palate; meanwhile they don’t excel at any one dish. This reminds KohSpot of Bo Jackson playing two professional sports and never winning a championship. We digress.
Luckily, Sumi Yakiniku Grand sticks to the tried and true crowd pleaser – meat. Yakiniku means grilled meat in Japanese, and while it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to grill meat, what you are paying for at Sumi Yakiniku Grand is a high quality of product.
Not unlike Korean barbeque, Sumi Yakiniku Grand has two buffet options at 449 and 899 baht plus plus (whatever that means). Unsurprisingly, the more expensive buffet offers better cuts of meat such as Wagyu marbled beef aged over 500 days and Australian marbled beef aged 150 days. The buffet lasts 90 minutes so come hungry and go bananas.
Perhaps the best deal is the Asahi beer, priced 99 baht for one glass but 199 baht for free flow during lunch, allowing for a Mad Men-style feast for those who want to get tanked before they head back to the office. Kohspot has tried this amazing offering of day-time drunkenness and highly recommends it*
Besides a tastier quality of meat, the more expensive buffet also provides thinner slices of meat, allowing for more of the surface area to be grilled and maintaining a tender consistency. The dipping sauces are mouth-watering as well, but if you’re eating the choice cuts there is no need to dabble with spices or sauces. Let’s be honest, we didn’t fight our way up the food chain to just eat vegetables. Punch the broccoli in the face and bring on the meat!
While the eringi mushrooms are a winner, the seafood fails to satisfy the taste buds. Grossly large, the river prawns are ratherbland. The Norwegian salmon needs to be watched closely to avoid overcooking, and the tuna should not be cooked at all, as it is a delicious sushi-quality cut of fish that when grilled turns into gray anti-matter. Brains for dinner.
Side note: a good rule of thumb with Sumi is to grill sparingly as the coal fire grill is ablazen and located quite close to the food so the food cooks very rapidly. You welcome.
*KohSpot strives to be like Keith Richards.
Besides its location on Sukhumvit Soi 16 listed below, there is another on Sukhumvit Soi 24.
Location: 199/9 Sukhumvit Soi 16, SP. Apartment, about 500 meters down the soi on the left.
BTS Asok or MRT Sukhumvit, then motosai, taxi or walk 10 minutes. It has street parking, valet service and a parking lot.
Hours: Mon-Fri 11:30 am-2:30 pm, 5:30-11 pm; Sat-Sun 11:30 am-11 pm.