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Sophisticated sushi for everyone

A La Carte

July 2, 2023

Story By: Averie Soto | Photos by: ANTHONY CONSILLIO

Simmered Turban Shell, part of the July Special Omakase Course Menu ($135, 19 pieces; $200, 21 pieces)

Sophistication is the name of the game for restaurant owner Julia Midorikawa, who recently opened Sushi Aki in a space right next to its sister eatery, Japanese Restaurant Aki.

“Guests come to Aki for its variety of dishes, but many return for its high-quality sushi,” Midorikawa says. “Every month we import seafood that’s in season and freshest in the market. This allows for a new and unique experience each time guests visit us.”

As customers enjoy the restaurant’s cozy atmosphere, they are welcome to peruse the a la carte menu, which showcases each month’s nigiri for $10 a piece, depending on the type, and the 11-piece nigiri combination for $85.

Abalone in Liver Sauce, part of the July Special Omakase Course Menu ($135, 19 pieces; $200, 21 pieces)

To further the omakase experience, Midorikawa recommends pairing the sushi with the restaurant’s sakes, including the Tedorigawa Iki na Onna ($102/bottle), the Houyou ($165/bottle) or the Dewazakura Ichiro ($114/bottle).

Guests also get to enjoy the creation process, as chefs who have trained in Japan craft the sushi right before their eyes.

“It makes people feel as if they’ve gotten to experience a piece of Japan in Hawaii,” Midorikawa says.

Assorted Sushi, part of the July Special Omakase Course Menu ($135, 19 pieces; $200, 21 pieces)

Established in April, Sushi Aki offers customers a high-end, sophisticated environment with the same great food as the original Japanese Restaurant Aki.

“Although both restaurants provide great food and energy, guests have a choice on what type of experience they want,” Midorikawa says.

For more information and updates on Sushi Aki, visit the restaurant’s Instagram (@sushiaki2023).

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