Koku Yakiniku and Moo Kata Barbecue
If you stay in Phuket for a while or if like us you happen to live here, there comes a time when you feel like something different for dinner, something good and fun. This is usually the day we chose to go to a ‘Mookata‘ or a ‘Yakiniku’ in Phuket Town.
The concept of Yakiniku has always been very popular in Japan and Korea, but less known is the hugely popular Thai version known as ‘Mookata‘, a cheap ‘all-you-can-eat-cook-it-yourself-at-your-table-buffet’. Mookata is cheap and fun but the downside of Mookata is the strong smell your clothes and hair will catch and trail behind you for the whole evening. We usually opt for a Yakiniku, the more sophisticated version of the ‘Mookata‘, set with air-con and strong ventilation. You will find several of these Yakiniku in Phuket, including a large one at Central Festival Shopping Mall, but we prefer the Japanese ‘Koku Yakiniku’, on Thalang Road, the historical centre of Phuket Town.
The restaurant is definitely Japanese looking with the traditional cushion sitting area on one side and the normal tables on the other. Each table is fitted with a hole designed to receive incandescent charcoal and is equipped with a strong ventilation system. This is what will reduce the 3-meter smelly radius to a mere 50 cm… you can’t hide it all!
The menu includes plates of thinly sliced meat at various prices and qualities, but overall if all are good, the most expensive cuts are justified. Try the Thai Kobe beef, which you guessed it, is a Thai version of the famous and extremely expensive Kobe Beef. The price of the Wagyu beef is a bit over the top, but it is worth it. You can order some seafood and various veggies to grill yourself. Koku is a Japanese restaurant and you’ll find sushi and ramen on the menu, but where would the fun be? They also serve an excellent selection of spicy kimchi soups that goes really well after so much meat, and if you want to go all the way, go ahead and order some sake.
Koku Yakiniku Information
Location: Phuket Town
Address: 10 Thalang Rd, Talat Yai, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000
Open: 11 am – 10 pm
Phone: 093 745 8567