My experience in Akashi restaurant was delightful! all the food i ordered was great! FULL REVIEW: http://alxlovefood.wordpress.com/2013/12/30/akashi-oishii-oishii/
Also, this place is not closed at all.
i have never written reviews in my life, but this joker of a Japanese restaurant has finally lit my inspiraion.
2 weeks prior my most recent visit, I visited the restaurant in the evening for dinner with a friend and was suitably impressed by the fresh food, decent presentation and good taste. The edamame was crisp and well salted. The tempura was freshly prepared and the sashimi, delightful.
Encouraged by the experience, I revisited the restaurant this weekend with my husband early in the morning for brunch. Upon seating, we were offered some very overcooked and bland edamames to my dismay. After which, we ordered the Akashi Bento (what I ordered the previous time) and my husband tried the Gyu Don as well as some Gyozas.
At $10, the gyozas are by FAR the MOST DISGUSTING gyozas I had ever eaten. They arrived on our table broken and soggy. I liken the texture of the skin to that over poorly dissolved cornflour in gravy.
I sampled one piece of the gyudon and found the beef in the gyudon to be tougher than leather.
The Akashi Bento was a joke complete with octopus sashimi that was so dry and stale I thought I was having dried octopus instead of sashimi. Even the rice was cooked with too much water and was gluey in an unpalatable manner. The soup was tasteless and the beancurds (or whatever those ribbons are supposed to be) tasted meek and stale.
It doesn't take a Gordon Ramsay, Anthony Bourdain, or whoever to figure out that you jokers are serving leftover c*** from the night before to your early morning customers. If you don't have any respect for the food you prepare, at least don't think every customer who eats out in an idiot. I will never set foot in this restaurant again.
Visited the restaurant for dinner yesterday as it was my first time dining there. The variety of food for Don & Udons were very limited and we ended up ordering Yaki Meshi (fried rice) and Shake Zousui (porridge) for the two of us. On top of that, we got Tobiko Gunkan and Ebi Sushi.
The quality of our main courses were great, but the portion for both were small. Did not expect myself to order the porridge (due to limited variety) though. As for the fried rice, I would rather dine it elsewhere given their portion and price.
Sushi, it was fresh but it appears that no strength was exerted onto the making of the rice and the ebi. Therefore, the rice came apart and some ebi were dropped on the table.
Lastly, the service encountered by the cashier was bad as she had accidentally knocked over the cup of green tea while collecting back the check book and without any apology. No apology because the cup was empty?
By the way, personally I will prefer without the use of iPad ordering system, takes much time in browsing through the menu.
Also, do perform cleaning to the exposed ceiling in the restaurant as dust are obvious.
Luckily we did not spent much on our first visit here.
For more reviews, please see http://thehungrybunnie.blogspot.sg/2014/07/akashi-japanese-restaurant-vivocity.html
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.
14) Dobinmushi ($10) - teapot soup sweetened by shimeiji, prawns and clams and fishcake: delicate and nuanced
Full Akashi Japanese Restaurant review here: http://ivanteh-runningman.blogspot.sg/2014/05/akashi-japanese-restaurant.html
Operating under the Akashi Group of restaurants, Akashi Japanese Restaurant focuses on serving fresh, high quality sushi, sashimi, and Japanese shabu shabu at decent prices.
Ambience at Akashi Japanese Restaurant is casual and comfortable, with decor in the Japanese style... quite zen. Wood and panelling is prominent throughout. Part of the appeal is the sushi bar, where you can watch chefs prepare the fresh sushi and sashimi!
I like the service at Akashi Japanese Restaurant. Staff top up drinks without being asked, and ordering is done via tablets. Food is also served pretty quickly, you rarely have to wait long even during peak periods. However, it seems odd that Akashi Japanese Restaurant makes diners self-pay at the cashier, rather than serving the bill to the table.
Specialities at Akashi Japanese Restaurant include their Sushi and Sashimi. Freshness is key here, and all the dishes I sampled had very fresh ingredients, treated with respect and allowed to shine through on the palate. Portions are nicely sized for 1 - 2 people, though prices can escalate quickly if you order more.
The Sashimi Salmon & Salmon Belly is beautifully sliced thick. Very fresh, the fattiness comes through in the taste. Excellent!
Interestingly, the Agedashi Tofu here is served With 4 Toppings, including seaweed strips, spring onions, white daikon radish, and bonita fish flakes. Unusual pairings, but they work quite well, with the crisp exterior and soft tofu interior.
I felt the Gyoza was probably the weakest dish here. The filling is loose and scanty / not tightly packed, and not too tasty. Skip this.
I visited Akashi on a Monday evening, and while the set meals are reasonable value given that the food is actually pretty good, the service staff really need to communicate and coordinate better with one another. I passed my card to a waitress to process my bill and proceeded to check my email. Ten minutes later no-one seemed to understand me when I said I was waiting for the bill to return so that I could sign it. It turned out the card was stashed in a folder along with all the other empty ones with the bill seemingly not processed. This doesn't make any sense to me and I wasn't pleased at my time being wasted for no reason.