I have gone here for years and always loved it, but since the new owners have come it seems the food has gone downhill. I have gone back a few times giving it a chance, but it just keeps getting worse. I was told they have a new cook who doesn t know the recipes. It s kind of sad we really enjoyed the place, but it will not be a weekly treat anymore ;(
Service was sub-par which matched the food quality. Sushi rice was undercooked and entrees were bland. Menu is too large for the kitchen to execute and should be minimized to increase quality of product. Disappointing, especially since previous reviews offer a false sense of excitement about the restaurant.
First to provide my qualifications for this critique; on and off I have lived in Japan for about 4 years. I have been married to Japanese woman for 37 years. We cook the homeland food at least 3 times per week. My Japanese in-laws operated a successful catering service that specialized in traditional Japanese cuisine. I ate like a king when at their house and worked in their kitchen when business surged.
Akashi’s is a very good restaurant. There is a significant variance in flavor in Japanese food based on geographic area. This place favors Tokyo taste. Even though I favor the southern flavors a bit more, every dish I have tried has been very good. Their menu is expansive including not only the expected sushi and tempura but also a wide variety of soups and noodle dishes. My last visit there was with family, all of which are experienced consumers of Japanese cuisine. Everyone ordered a different dish and we passed all our dishes around so all could taste what was being presented. We had a party of six. All agreed the food was excellent. The bar is very well stocked with a good selection of Japanese beers and sake. The service was outstanding and the prices are very reasonable. I think the only thing that may be missing from this place is the availability of a tatami room (take your shoes off and sit on the floor). The background music is a mixture of traditional and current pop Japanese.
So what is the main feature which attests to the quality and ambiance of Akashi’s.? A large portion of the clientele is Japanese. That says a lot.
We love this Japanese restuarant.
The restuarant has a nice interesting Japanese decor, real Japanese chef&waitresses.
Good hot green tea(free refill),
tasty sushi and good selections of other appetizers.
Average price, not too expensive.
We will go back there again.