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Aki Japanese Restaurant

November 4, 2013

Combining Japanese eats with local flavors

With a sleek, contemporary dining room, Japanese Restaurant Aki aims to bring authentic flavors from Japan to the Islands, but all with a local spin. “We take Japanese food and adjust the flavor so that it will fit to local people more,” chef Edward Williams explains. One prime example of this type of creative fusion…

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September 29, 2013

It’s a Toss Up

The delight of dining Japanese-style is in the details — and at Japanese Restaurant Aki, the presentation of the food is (to borrow a favorite adjective from my esteemed editor) exquisite. Attention to detail is a given here, as each dish is like a work of art. But no matter how well it’s presented, if…

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September 15, 2013 , ,

A Yakitori Yum Fest!

During the last week of summer, it’s only fitting to bid the season farewell with a bang. Last-minute barbecues in the backyard, one last jump in the pool on a scorching-hot day and one final full-on tan session … Yes, please! Soak it all in because it won’t be long before the cooler days of…

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August 18, 2013

Contemporary Dining With an Explosion of Flavors

A key characteristic of a restaurant’s staying power is an ability to adapt to the desires of its customers. At Japanese Restaurant Aki, diners are treated a vast array of cooking styles and flavor arrangements presented in a way that turns fine dining into fun dining. Customers may choose from fresh sushi and sashimi selections…

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July 14, 2013

Japanese Restaurant Aki

Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes at your favorite restaurant? Well, much credit goes to the many chefs, owners and managers who work diligently day in and day out to make sure Hawaii’s diners have a top-notch dining experience. This week, Dining Out gets the inside scoops from Japanese Restaurant Aki’s executive chef…

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June 16, 2013

In the Land of the Rising Sushi

Sure, there are plenty of Japanese restaurants to choose from in town, but none are quite as modern and hot as Japanese Restaurant Aki. Not only does it stand out as a cool spot with its contemporary vibe and large-scale original mural that brightens an entire wall inside, but the hip eatery has the delicious…

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Nabe: Just What the Doctor Ordered

What a week! I’ve been under the weather, and this time I’ve got it bad. There must be some sort of virus going around, because I’ve caught it full-force. You name it, I’ve got it — severe body aches, a fever, a runny nose that requires a box of tissues a day, an irritating cough…

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April 21, 2013

Japanese Restaurant Aki

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: TAN TAN NABE ($18 FOR ONE ORDER, MINIMUM OF TWO ORDERS REQUIRED) Japanese Restaurant Aki is a relatively new dining oasis that is both relaxed and contemporary. Located on the mauka side of the block between Ala Moana Center and Walmart on Makaloa Street, the establishment opened…

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March 24, 2013

Aki Amazes With Modern Fare

Japanese Restaurant Aki, located on the mauka side of the block between Ala Moana Center and Walmart, opened its doors last month offering delicious, modern Japanese cuisine in a welcoming, contemporary setting. As you walk in to the restaurant, to the right there’s a colorful floor-to-ceiling painting by Mirori Imai that brings a cheerful vibe…

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February 24, 2013

Fine Dining Yakitori at Casual Prices

BY MICHELLE LEE In recent years, Hawaii’s culinary scene has witnessed a surge in new, tasty delicacies from around the world ranging from Parisian crepes to Nepalese kabobs. Perhaps one of the most beloved food crazes to make its way into the stomachs of hungry food lovers island-wide has been yakitori, the savory grilled chicken…

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