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When held up against Sushi Tei (the market leader in mid-range, mass-market Japanese chain restaurants, in my opinion), Akashi
does distinguish itself with a few standouts, and occasionally levels up on par. Also, I find Akashi
best at their cooked foodstuffs set meals offerings, as these are most value-for-money.
1) Ebi Tempura Maki No Pitan Zoe
($5.80): a fusion of Japanese and Chinese flavours, with a fried breadcrumbed prawn wrapped with avocados, seaweed, fish roe and topped with century egg dice. A must-order if you love century egg.
2) Shake Kawa Maki
($3.80) - salmon skin with raw salmon, rolled with fine spring onions and sesame seeds: ok
3) Spider Maki
($4.80) - deep-fried soft shell crab and avocado sushi roll: nice
4) Spicy Shake Maki
($3.80) - spicy salmon seaweed roll: lively and spicy
5) Spicy Tuna Maki
($4.80) - tuna version of the Spicy Shake Maki. Purely as a matter of preference, I preferred the tuna version.
6) In general, the nigiri were more elegantly done than the maki sushi. The Spicy Salmon Gunkan
($1.20 per pc) tempered the heat of the spicy salmon with the heavy creaminess of mayo.
7) Hotate Mayo Tobiko Gunkan
($1.80 per pc) - scallop, mayo and fish roe: refreshing
8) Although every table has a platter of Edamame
($2) by the time you're seated, beware that these are chargeable, and not complimentary. These looked malnourished, and were a little anemic and rather forgettable.
9) Yaki Meshi
($6) - fried rice choc-a-bloc with squid and prawns and scrambled eggs, and redolent of fragrant garlic.
10) Gyu Don Set
($16) - beef rice bowl was highlighted by a perfectly glorious poached egg
11) Sukiyaki Set
($16): silky beef ribbons set bubbling in a pre-heated pot with a melange of greens, tofu, shitake, carrots, glass noodles, was rich with the sweetened oniony broth. Some people prefer to dip their meats in the raw egg before
12) Saba Shioyaki Set
($16) - a slab of beautifully grilled mackerel sided by grated radish, rice, soup and freshly cut watermelons.
13) Tenzaru Cha Soba Set
($16): wasn't the best I've had, what with a more flour-based batter than tempura batter, and overdone, dried out prawns, but it was substantial.
($10) - teapot soup sweetened by shimeiji, prawns and clams and fishcake: delicate and nuanced