It’s the premiere AC spot for robatayaki
While you may find other Japanese restaurants in the AC area, you’ll be hard pressed to find another spot offering true “robatayaki” or “robata” -- a style of Japanese barbecue. Unlike teppanyaki or hibachi (two other styles of Japanese grilling that are normally confused in the US), robatayaki involves cooking meat, seafood, and veggies on skewers over a flat, open charcoal grill. With teppanyaki, seasoned meat and veggies are cooked on an iron griddle, and with hibachi, a large pot filled with charcoal and topped with a griddle is used to cook non- skewered items. Robatayaki is a typical cuisine found at izakayas in Japan, and at Borgata’s Izakaya, everything from BBQ short ribs to oysters and scallops are prepared on the grill, often combined with black miso or pineapple chutney. The method is centuries old, and was started by Northern Japanese fishermen. If you’re looking to try it at Izakaya, Monday is the day to go: four different robatayaki items are available for just $7 each.