I recently took a trip to Aki Da located at the Beaches at Queen East after errands at theTea emporium for my favourite Milk Oolong (delicious!) and Dufflet for euro and pumpkin tarts.
Now the first thing I'd have to say was that it was really cold.... I don't know if they had the heating on.. and it was a chilly day outside so it didn't help that we were seated close to the windows. I ordered the Hiyashi Chuka, Yaki Tori and Satsuma Age while my friend had the grilled eggplant and crab salad. After a pretty long wait, the Yaki Tori and Satsuma Age were served first, now the Yaki Tori is skewered chicken pieces served with Teriyaki sauce and the Satsuma Age were deep fried Japanese fish cakes. While I enjoyed the Satsuma Age, the chicken in the Yaki Tori was dry and lukewarm and was obviously not fresh, the teriyaki sauce was also way too salty. The Hiyashi Chuka (served next) was a Soba dish that was served cold and topped with tamago, pickled shitake mushrooms, artifical crab meat and cucumbers with possibly a ponzu style sauce. The soba was cooked perfectly but I found that the toppings were uninspiring and the presentation slightly sloppy.
My friend was in general pleased with her meal except that the ingredients in the crab salad were minced so it was difficult to eat with chopsticks, eventually she gave up trying to pick at the last morsels.
For dessert she had the green tea icecream and I the black sesame icecream (I know I said it was cold... but black sesame is hard to come by). The texture of the black sesame icecream was more like a sorbet, very icy and light. The flavour was excellent, and I liked that they had partial sesame kernels still left in the icecream.
The bill came out to around $21 and I found I was still a little hungry but in general it was a disappointment as I've heard praises for Aki Da from many of my friends who live in the Beaches. All in all I don't think I will go back, there wasn't really anything memorable about it.