Akashi is a Japanese restaurant that offers a wide range of quality sushi as well as other Japanese dishes like udon and tempura. They are known for having the longest sushi bar in Singapore and currently have three outlets across the island.
Akashi Japanese Restaurant Hot
1 Tanglin Road #01-01A
Tel: 6732 4438
290 Orchard Road #B1-01 The Paragon
Tel: 6735 8887
1 Harbourfront Walk #B2-28 VivoCity
Tel: 6376 9972
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Affordable quality Japanese food
Quality Japanese food often comes at the expense of your wallet. However, at Akashi, you can have quality Japanese food but not spend yourself into a hole.
Akashi currently has 3 outlets - one at Orchard Parade Hotel, another at The Paragon, and a third at Vivocity. If you’re willing to travel a little further for good food, I suggest patronising the Orchard Parade Hotel outlet. Although Orchard Parade Hotel is the most inaccessible location out of the three (still relatively accessible though, just a 10 minute walk from Paragon), I find that the food here is of better quality than that of the other two outlets.
My favourites are the grilled King prawns with miso paste and kurobuta pork with goma sauce. The King prawns are generously topped with miso paste, which gives it an earthy flavour tinged with a slight sweetness. You also have to try the kurobuta pork, which is perfectly seared and drizzled with goma sauce. A only grievance that I have with Akashi is that because the pork slices are so thin, they lose heat rapidly and are sometimes served cold.
Go-to for quality Japanese food
Akashi has been my go-to Japanese restaurant for years. Serving up quality sushi that doesn't break the bank, there's really nothing to fault this place for. This is especially true if we're talking quality Japanese food (most of the time, except the occasions when I decide to have 3 persons' share of food all to myself).
My favourite outlet is the one at Orchard Parade Hotel. Tucked relatively away from the main streets of town, the homely, woody interior is a charm to dine in. The staff are also welcoming and extremely efficient.
The sashimi is fresh and of consistently good quality. If you find yourself spoilt for choice, the rice bowls are always a safe bet - my favourite is the gyu don. Also be sure to go for the miso prawns - grilled, huge king prawns bettered only by intensely flavourful, nutty taste of miso.
All in all, a brilliant restaurant for an authentic, quality Japanese meal!
My go to sushi place
My favorite sushi place used to be Itacho (not anymore, their standard has dropped like crazy) but Akashi has taken over completely. 101%.
I haven't had something that I don't like but again, my friends and I are always ordering the same few stuff. Okay let me do a mini breakdown, in the mood for listing today hehe!
1. Salmon Aburi (4/5)
- Surface seared nicely, salmon is fresh and cut nicely. Aburis are just so pleasing to the palate. Rice is tightly packed and chewy Wow better than sushi bar at far east plaza that everyone is raving about (sorry for the negativity but another place I hate, I shall save it for another day)
2. Sashimis (3/5)
-Usually ordered when we feel like having some sashimi but this is not a place where I will come specifically for sashimis. I've tried their salmon, salmon belly and swordfish ones. They are good but I usually stop at two pieces and there are better ones out there.
3. Tempura Temaki (4.5/5)
- Because nothing in this world is perfect and my tempura temakis are everything to me so I cannot give it a perfect score. But this is hands down the best tempura temakis ever. $2.60 for one. It's simple. Hot, crispy and sweet tempura wrapped in a bed of pearly rice and crunchy seaweed. My friends and I always ask for mayo to go along with the temaki. THIS is what I find myself going back for and a staple I have every single time I visit. Of course, I will have more than one.
4. Agedashi Tofu (4/5)
-Crispy tofu in light batter sitting in a bowl of warm savory sauce, topped with spring onions, marinated ginger and seaweed. I love this. Tofu is silky and soft and goes well with the sauce. The skin does not fall off when in contact with the sauce as well.
Service can be laggy during peak hour and the Vivo outlet is really small so do expect some waiting if you are visiting during peak hour. All in all, a great place for affordable and quality Japanese food!
Really Good Sushi
I was walking around VivoCity, trying to decide where to have dinner when I came across Akashi. The first thing I noticed was that the waitresses all donned kimono tops. This really attracted me as not a lot of Japanese restaurants here go all out like that. The menu displayed outside the restaurant also featured an array of beautifully-photographed sushi, which I simply could not resist.
A polite waitress led my mum and I to a table and carefully explained how we could use their iPad to place our orders. The iPad was really simple to use and made it super convenient to order. Shortly after placing our order, our food started arriving one by one.
We had their Nabeyaki Udon and Ura Maki. The udon was "Q" and the nabeyaki ingredients were really tasty. Overall, a good dish ideal for sharing. The Ura Maki was really fresh and is one of the best sushi I've ever had, definitely worth the money. It was obvious that the food was carefully prepared, without any compromise on hygiene.
The ambience of the place was also great. I really felt like I was in a Japanese restaurant, enjoyng authentic Japanese food. I do wish I visited Akashi with a larger group of people though, so that we could sample more dishes but still finish everything. Nevertheless, I'm glad I discovered Akashi and will be back for more!