Town spot offers authentic Asian cuisineA La Carte
September 16, 2018
Story By: Elima Pangorang | Photos by: LAWRENCE TABUDLO
While there’s no shortage of Japanese fare in the islands, Japanese Restaurant Aki remains a reliable favorite for those frequenting the Kaimuki area, and even far beyond.
With generous portions and authentic bites in a fun yet quaint location, this eatery is everything one is looking for from an intimate night out, to a casual lunch with friends. Plus, with the extra push of stormy weather Hawaii’s been experiencing, Japanese Restaurant Aki is the perfect spot to indulge in some warm, filling eats.
For said rainy days, try out Restaurant Aki’s lunch menu.
A set of Aki’s Pork Cutlet Curry ($15.50) is a sufficient choice as the steamy beef curry and golden pork cuts spread sunshine and cheer with every bite.
Or, opt for Gyudon & TKG egg ($15.50), which stacks beef, green onion, and red ginger a top a heated bed of soft rice. You’ll also notice a raw egg in the set. Manager Eric Rogers mentions that it comes out as such so that customers can add it to the piping hot beef bowl to their pleasure.
Both sets are accompanied by miso soup, salad, macaroni salad and a small serving of simmered tuna in a sweet-shoyu sauce.
The lunch menu, says Rogers, changes about every three months, and it recently has been rotated out and will stay until the next menu rolls out (around December).
The restaurant also offers some pleasant sides such as 3 kinds of Sashimi ($15). While the fish types may change from time to time (depending on season and availability), Rogers shares that the normal combination is ahi, salmon and hamachi. For a little bit of offset from seafood, chow down on Chicken Karaage ($4) that is both crisp on the outside and tender inside.
What’s more, Rogers reminds customers that signature items also are available like yakitori. The yakitori, which comes in all types ranging from beef, chicken and vegetable, is available during dinner hours since the charcoal and cooking area must be specially prepped during the day, explains Rogers.
Japanese Restaurant Aki is anyone’s one-stop shop for all the Japanese cuisine one may be in search for. More so, the charming establishment offers unique desserts such as Green Tea Creme Brulee in addition to a full-spread of adult beverages like sake, shochu and American whiskey, just to name a few.