Korean owned nice Japanese restaurant in Coquitlam.
I've been eating here since it first opened (approx. 7 years) and the food has always been consistently good. In fact, I believe it's the best in the Tricities. Their prices are higher than other Japanese restaurants in the area but you get what you pay for as the quality of the other places isn't as good. The service is always friendly, the decor is nice, and it's quite a large restaurant, so you're not sitting uncomfortably close to the table beside you. The large influx of Japanese restaurants in the area in the past couple of years seems to have hurt their business as it was very quiet tonight (Saturday night). I've been trying all the other new Japanese restaurants in the area but after my experience tonight at Akari, I will continue to support them again as their food is that much better!
I go to Akari every now and then when I'm craving some Japanese food. Honestly it's not cheap to eat there compared to other Japanese restaurants but I really like this place. I have probably visited over 10 times and was never disappointed. I have gotten udon, donburi, lots of different fish, appetizers and even the deserts at different occasions but I never had a problem with any of the food. I especially enjoyed the Crazy Spicy Tuna Roll and the Banana Spring Roll for desert.
sushi quality of this restaurant is slowly but surely deteriorating.
i've been to this place at least 10 times.
first time i went there, about 2 years ago, food was fresh, well decorated, and served quickly.
then it's been a steady downfall since to the point where i said 'ok, that's enough'.
i ordered a salmon sashimi and i could tell right away that it's been sitting out for a long time.. it was dry outside and also tasted funny.
we complained but the waitress pretended to not understand english.
i don't know what's going on with this place (maybe now they switch sushi chefs too often) but i'd never go back again.
it's too bad since i really like the ambience and convinience (only 10 minutes drive from my place).
Me and my friends have been coming here for years. The decor is so modern and earthy, the staff are unbelievably friendly and the food is absolutely delicious. The spicy tuna roll is my favourate, it is sweet, spicy and perfect! The sashimi is always delicious. They even offer their sushi rolls and nigiri with brown rice now for a little extra cost. It tastes similar and is more healthy. It is a little bit more pricey than some Japanese restaurants, still only $4-$5 for most rolls but they are also a little bit bigger, many with 8 pieces.
Best Japanese food restaurant in the Coquitlam/Port Coquitlam area for sure!
Today went with gf to the place for a dinner. Ordered the Love Boat for Two for $30 (as the assorted sashimi plate would have cost $25 iteself), so the boat is a decent deal (that comes with 2x miso soup OR salad). Also ordered extra Nigiri (Hotate @ $1.95, Red Tuna @ $2.95, Toro @ $1.95) and price IS NOT overpriced as other member(s) claimed. [ I recently ordered the same items from a Jap restaurant from Whistler and Akari's tasted way better and price is also cheaper ]. Last the dessert was the Green Tea Cream Burlee for $4.95 (basically a regular cream burlee with a touch of ginger and matcha green tea blended together) but overall is a decent and good place within Coquitlam.
If people say this is overpriced, what is Tojo then?
Pretty average all around.
Was good food, I will go back.
I try to go during lunch, as the dinner boxes are over priced.
I tried the Okonomiyaki, having tried it once at another establishment and liking it. Main issue, I don't eat shrimp and this thing was full of shrimp. My mistake for not asking what they put in their okonomiyaki, and partially theirs for not listing it either. If you like shrimp and okonomiyaki, you'll love this! lolz.
i've been to Akrai a few times
and i always seem to want to go back
i think that it's the best place so sushi in the area
and the servers are attentive and friendly (which is fantastic
considering its a korean-owned restaurant)
the food it great as well...
i love the Butterfly Roll, Volcano Roll, Rock and Roll and the lobster roll combo
and also the spicy tuna sashimi is to die for
it's THE best spicy tuna sashimi i've ever had
(also in salmon)
and i like that they have LIVE uni sashimi
as well as things like flounder ...
definately worth your money
I've eaten at Akari several times over the last year. The food is decent, ambiance is decent, prices are decent. After living in Japan for several years I've been on a search for the best Japanese food in the Lower Mainland, Akari held promise when it first opened, the owners/chef are Korean but studied in Japan so there are several items on the menu that are very common in Japan and not as common here. Okonomiyaki, Moto Yaki and some others. Most are prepared pretty well but not to the level I've been searching for.
The last time I was in about a month ago the food quality had declined. Akari was never my first choice when going out for Japanese, but it ranks a solid second or third choice in the Tricities area. I'd give it a "recommended" for someone looking for decent, reasonably priced Japanese.
The food is just mediocre. Hot dishes often cold and dry. When I was there last time, the waitress "ordered" us to pass our dishes to her - extremely rude!
I would not go back again.
It is usually quite empty so the only advantage of this restaurant is if you want a quiet place to talk.