BAKU is a Japanese Robata-style restaurant that showcases outstanding sushi and innovative Robata and Yakatori cuisine. It has an extensive list of sakes, cocktails and wines, along with beers on tap. The restaurant spotlights creative Japanese comfort food meant to be shared around the table. The bar on the second floor, BAKU Lounge features signature cocktails and offers a hip, late night venue for Southpark.
Robata means “around the fire.” It is the signature cooking at the restaurant and is executed on grills originally designed centuries ago that burn specially sourced charcoal at over 800 degrees that give the food an appealing smoky flavor. The cuisine is clean and simple with the complexity highlighted in the technique and plate presentation.
The Yakatori aspect of BAKU gives guests a wide array of skewered meats and ingredients, all grilled on a grill constructed just for this type of preparation. While the cuisine is authentic, it is not traditional, thus allowing the chefs to add their culinary interpretations and spotlight local Carolina growers and producers. BAKU’s menu is divided into a number of sections including: Robata Meats, Seafood and Vegetables; Skewers; Tempura; Maki Rolls; Sushi/Sashimi; and Desserts. Specialty rice elements on the menu include rice risotto and black rice sushi. The shared and passed plate aspect of the menu is a concept that originates from Eastern culture, which includes the firm sense of hospitality that is evident at BAKU!