It’s a Toss Up

Columns Veg'n Out

September 29, 2013

Story By: Terri Hefner | Photos by: Leah Friel

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 your diet doesn’t allow the food offered, then it’s no deal. Although the menu here offers traditional Japanese fare, which typically uses fish-based sauces and broths, those who choose not to eat meat or fish can find some savory satisfaction.

First of all, teppan chef Edward Williams notes that, for strict vegetarians, “we can stir-fry vegetables” for those who ask.

On the menu, it’s a toss up. You’ll find Japanese Restaurant Aki’s Original Salad ($6.90), a healthy mix of fresh lettuce, arugula, romaine, green leaf and red leaf served with a French-style dressing and topped with crispy wontons. It’s large enough to stand alone as an entree, and it’s great for sharing.

Also, if you do enjoy cheese and eggs, the eatery puts its own spin on Caesar Salad ($8.50), with flavorful grilled romaine tossed with Caesar dressing (which contains cheese and eggs) and garnished with Cheddar cheese. The flavors and textures complement each other nicely, and grilling the romaine adds just the right touch of charred goodness to the dish.

Healthy Tataki Cucumber with seaweed ($3.50) also is great on the side.

Whichever way you eat your veggies, you can do it in style here. Modern and sophisticated, yet warm and inviting, Japanese Restaurant Aki does it right.

Contact Terri Hefner at diningout@staradvertiser.com

Japanese Restaurant Aki

1427 Makaloa St.
Open daily, 5 p.m.-2 a.m.

Honolulu, HI 96814

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