We decided to buck the trend this year and head to Richmond Hill instead of downtown for New Year's Eve.
Akasaka, a Japanese fusion restaurant was recommended to me and I decided to try it out with some family. We sat at the sushi bar in front of the owner/chef David who we entrusted with our appetites. Boy, were we glad.
Let me just say that I have been to some really fabulous sushi places in my life and great fusion places too (Gari and Bond St in NYC, Kaji, Susur etc...) and I was truly impressed at the quality and creativity at Akasaka.
First dish was a 'Yummy Yam' maki roll stuffed with tempura banana, avocado, and draped on the outside (like a rainbow roll or dragon roll) with thin, crispy slices of tempura yam. Artfully presented with squeeze-bottle squiggles of a special sauce, the dish made a great first impression.
Next was another brilliant maki roll of snow crab (real) cloaked with butterfish (white tuna) and flambeed in front of us... we were stunned into silence. We were in Richmond Hill????!!!!! (Richmond Hillians - please don't take offence ;-) )
Then - you won't believe this... a tower of alternating layers of fois gras (marinated in ice wine) and bbq eel with a shot of cold sake on the side. The fois was a very generous portion and seared to perfection. The sake chaser was the perfect accompaniment. The price on this item was only $14!
Then, a miso chowder with potato and some tuna nigiri - followed by a beautifully presented cluster of snow crab legs with two dipping sauces. The legs were standing upright in a potato mash.
Uni was the next course - served simply in the traditional way. Now, Uni (sea urchin) can be *challenging* for me and needs to be brilliantly fresh to be great and this was.
The final dish was another special roll called 'Thai Passion' which was rolled in peanut pieces and stuffed with a yellow curry! The roll was spicy and fun and a great dish to end with.
David wrapped up the meal with some special green tea creme brule. Excellent.
Altogether, the three of us ate for $140 before tip - with two medium hot sakes to share and complimentary edamame. I almost fell off my chair - we were expecting a much higher bill for the quantity and quality we got.
Akasaka has table cooking as well, and judging by the happy ruckus coming from that room the chefs are very entertaining! We saw kids there and they seemed to be very welcome.
Service was very friendly and attentive, and we will be sure to go back. Please try this restaurant out. David has been the chef/owner there for 9 weeks and would love to see you!
Akasaka Japanese Restaurant (south side of the plaza, below Ambassador)
280 West Beaver Creek Road,
Richmond Hill, ON L4B 3Z1
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