Submitted Monday, February 1, 2010 - 4:15pm [Dine in]
I came here after hearing all the rave reviews. It was a Wednesday night and it was partially packed. The ambiance and view is beautiful and the wait staff is personable and attentive.
The food on the other hand was average. The bread that was served was cold and of the wonder bread variety. We all shared to lobster bisque as the starter. Rich, brothy and warming for a cold winter night. I had the their house special smoked cod for my main. They cooked it perfectly and the flavors were rich and tender. However, nothing spectacular at $36. The others all went for the halibut night's special. Which was either the halibut or that night's special. They were pleased with the way it was cooked but it was nothing spectacular.
Dinner for 4 with a bottle of wine came to around $380.
In all it was a nice dining experience with impressive service. I wouldn't come here again unless there is a special occasion.
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Submitted Monday, February 1, 2010 - 3:58pm [Dine in]
I agree with Teej that some of their decor isn't the best however I disagree with monmon that their service is slow.
But why do I give it five stars? Because they have served fantastic Japanese cuisine time and time again. I hesitate to use the word 'authentic' too often, but I can say that Akari is easily one of the top authentic Japanese restaurants in the Lower Mainland. Service has always been personable from the floor staff, to the chefs to the management.I was sitting at the sushi bar, so I engaged three of the chefs behind the bar about what I ought not to miss on the menu, and they served up a great meal which included fresh oysters, bincho, tai, ikura, ika and ebi- all freshly prepared, sliced in the traditional way and generously portioned. Everything was beautifully presented and the rice was seasoned just right. I can tell that the chef and the owner did take the time to pick the little details. The bonus was that it only cost me $25, what would easily cost me $50 for this level of quality.
The seared scallops on greens, though was easily the highlight. The citrus chili vinaigrette paired nicely with the rich sake scallops. It was absolutely stellar.
In summary, Akari is a hidden gem in Delta. A must go if you're in the area.
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Submitted Monday, February 1, 2010 - 3:28pm [Dine in]
Aki has been around for a while, and I have been going here consistently as a regular. It is a great mixture of izakaya/robata without being too modern.
Come here for a solid meal with generous portions during lunch times. Their ika, hokki and salmon are very fresh. Their robata is also worthy. However, I always wonder why their miso soup is so bland and deprived of solids. Despite this I will continue to be a regular here.
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