December 11, 2022

Flavors of Japan | Akira Japanese Restaurant


Akira Japanese Restaurant chef / owner Taiki Kawai (right) and his wife Itsuko

The skilled team at Akira Japanese Restaurant prepares a range of delicious food available for on-site and take-out dining service as local residents and businesses face the physical distancing and assembly mandates implemented as part of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chef and owner Taiki Kawai explains that the restaurant’s new temporary opening hours are Monday to Saturday, 3:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for take-out service and 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. for food service, with the last call being at 9 a.m. : 30 h

Tai Snapper Grapefruit Carpaccio ($ 12.50)

“We are sorry for the inconvenience caused and hope to resume our normal activities soon. Kawai said. “I want our guests to enjoy Akira’s food and the great customer service. I know it’s tough for everyone as we face these tough times, but we do our best to keep our customers happy here at Akira.

Spicy hamachi roll ($ 10.50)

Conveniently located in building eleven50 on King Street (the parking lot entrance is on Young Street), Akira Japanese Restaurant is easily accessible for those stopping for a meal on site or for delicious take out. When the restaurant reopens for full service, it is the perfect destination for a Pau Hana reunion, or a delicious lunch or dinner with family and friends.

Kawai and his team prepare traditional Japanese cuisine using local ingredients prepared meticulously to order. Kawai specializes in the kaiseki style of Japanese cuisine which incorporates small dishes infused with the freshest ingredients, resulting in exquisite flavor, beautiful presentation and a memorable “spirit”.

Teishoku Set Dinner ($ 25 for two choices) with three kinds of sashimi (six pieces) and grilled miso butterfish

Seared Shine Saba ($ 7.50) is a great appetizer to start a meal, as the roasted mackerel is enhanced with vinegar to enhance the flavor. Tai Snapper Grapefruit Carpaccio ($ 12.50) is another starter on the a la carte menu that centers around firm but flaky fish.

Spicy Hamachi Tataki ($ 9.50) is another must-try entree as the grilled amberjack is made with a hot sauce. Spicy Hamachi Roll ($ 10.50) includes pieces of Japanese amberjack roasted in a made-to-order sushi roll topped with the signature sauce.

Kawai also recommends the caviar roll ($ 18) because the veggie-filled sushi rolls are topped with uni eggs, ikura, mentaiko, and tobiko.

Spicy Tataki Hamachi ($ 9.50)

Akira Bento Box is a great on-the-go option as guests receive a choice of Miso Butterfish ($ 13), Miso King Salmon ($ 13), or Unagi Teriyaki ($ 15), as well as a cold appetizer, karaage chicken, tamagoyaki, rice and pickles all in one set.

Additionally, the restaurant offers a teishoku dinner ($ 18 one choice; $ 25 two choices) from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Options include diced beef tenderloin steak, grilled miso butterfish, unagi kabayaki and more. All teishoku dinner sets come with an appetizer, salad, pickles, mini udon and rice.

“We continue with the support of our customers – they have brought us to this point, and I want to do my best to keep customers coming back again and again with the love for my art and for the diners through every dish we have. get ready, ”says Kawai.

When Akira Japanese Restaurant resumes full service in the future, customers are encouraged to take advantage of happy hour specials. Be sure to check in with the friendly restaurant staff, as popular specials and dishes and drinks change as new items and ingredients become available.