Kaimuki spot perpetuates tasty traditionsA La Carte
October 14, 2018
Story By: Kyle Galdeira | Photos by: ANTHONY CONSILLIO
With a host of traditional Japanese favorites on its menu, Japanese Restaurant Aki brings together a complete, authentic dining experience with stellar service, a relaxed environment and exquisite cuisine within the culinary hotbed of Kaimuki.
Diners rave about the diverse options available via five assorted yakitori ($12, available for dinner), which features an array of skewers chosen by the chef. Selections may include chicken thighs, chicken breast and pork belly wrapped with shiso leaf. The assorted yakitori are cooked over Binchotan, a Japanese charcoal with a unique smell and rich taste that permeates each item throughout the grilling process. The delectable yakitori skewers are cooked to order and ready in a few minutes.
“We provide great service in a casual environment to showcase traditional Japanese cuisine,” says Eric Rogers, manager and “grill master” at Japanese Restaurant Aki. “Our specialties are made just like they are in Japan, our head chef used to work in great locations throughout Japan, and our servers can speak Japanese and English — so service is provided in the traditional Japanese style.”
Flounder Karaage ($22) is a customer favorite, as the deep-fried flounder is cooked to golden-brown perfection, locking in flavor throughout each crispy bite.
Sushi Platter (market price) is available through-out lunch and dinner service and incorporates fresh fish and seafood selections depending on what’s available that day. Some of the popular choices include ahi, flat-fish, striped jack, scallops, sea urchin, giant octopus and saba.