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Akemi - North Berkeley (Solano Ave), CA

nicedragonboy | Feb 25, 201503:35 PM

Akemi seems to be more than a remodel and rebranding of the old Miyuki space. Both the ins and outs seem to be completely new with the counter and seating areas feeling much more intimate. Somewhat dimly lit, it feels much better for a romantic night out. It's a welcome change to the worn and dated look of the old Miyuki. The website says it's still the same owners but with a new executive chef heading up things, formerly as a sous chef at Ozumo.

I was one of the first ones in for dinner last night, but by the time I finished and left at 6:30, it was 75% full on a Tueday evening. The menu has been brought up to date with some small plates, two options for ramen along with the usual assortment of nigiri, sashimi and rolls. I originally wanted to try their Tonkatsu Ramen, but they had already run out for the day, so got the spicy miso instead with an order of the spicy tuna roll with a jasmine lemonade. The roll was good if not mind blowing, just what I wanted and expected from a Spicy Tuna Roll. What was the real winner was the Ramen, which came with bamboo and shredded chicken and a perfectly cooked soft boiled egg, which had a rich creamy bright golden yolk. The noodles were just how I like them, firm and toothsome. I'm not any ramen expert, but I certainly liked theirs. At $14 and $13 a bowl, it seems a little pricy to me, but maybe that's the norm for ramen nowadays. The rest of the menu was very reasonable price wise.

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