The International Marketplace, which reopened in 2016 after extensive renovations, continues to add to its expanding list of dining options.
Baku Waikiki, a new robatayaki restaurant, is slated to open at the mall in late August, hot on the heels of the openings of Michael Mina's The Street and Herringbone from Hakkasan at the marketplace.
Robatayaki is a Japanese style of cooking using a grill that burns a specific type of charcoal. The centerpiece of the restaurant is an 8-foot robata grill, and the "binchotan" coals made from Japanese white oak can reach temperatures of 800 degrees. The restaurant is embracing its location, though, incorporating Hawaiian produce, meats and seafood into the dishes and mixing in Hawaiian kiawe wood into the charcoal.
"Baku is going to be a great gathering place for both locals and visitors," Joseph Rose, executive chef, said in a statement. "The space is chic and the cuisine is modern -- fitting for special occasions -- yet we'll still retain the communal and casual aspect of robata dining, also making it perfect for impromptu skewers and drinks with friends."
Baku's also serves sushi and sashimi along with a premium sake and international wine list.
The menu features dishes like short rib foie gras gyoza, prime beef tartar, ginger garlic duck breast and Hawaiian sea bass.
Baku sits over Kalakaua Avenue, Waikiki's main thoroughfare, and offers open-air dining with an ocean view from the third floor patio.