Akira is a Japanese restaurant located in The District in Chatswood and famous for their wide variety of authentic Japanese food. I am a huge fan of Japanese food and Chatswood is quite famous for their Asian cuisine so I was curious to try this restaurant. We came here for dinner on a weekday night and will share with you our experience.
To start we ordered a range of entrees to share. The first entree we ordered was the natural oyster with truffle soy white dressing. The oysters were nice and fresh and the dressing was quite delicate with the perfect amount of the flavour.
We also ordered the Sashimi Moriawase, a selection of their sashimi with kingfish, salmon and tuna and octopus. I loved how fresh this platter was, the meat was so tender and went well with soy sauce and wasabi.
We couldn’t resist the octopus karaage, with deep fried marinated octopus in yuzu soy dressing. This was so delicious, I loved the crispy outside and the yuzu soy dressing was nice and citrusy and went well with the mayonnaise.
We couldnt go to a Japanese restaurant and not order the Okinomiyaki, Japanese seafood pancake with bonito flakes. I loved the texture of this dish and the delicious filling inside, they are normally served in balls so it was cool to eat them a different way.
Finally, we ordered their seafood and mixed vegetable tempura. This came in a cute basket and consisted of prawn, pumpkin, zucchini and eggplant tempura which was nicely deep fried and served with tempura sauce.
We wanted to eat some vegetables so ordered the crispy skin salmon salad with salmon skin, salmon and salmon roe, salad leaves and spicy lime dressing. This was an interesting salad, very similar to the Thai salads I have tried in the past, however the salmon was tender and fresh and the spicy sauce added a kick to the dish.
For our mains we ordered the Chicken Nanban with sweet soy sauce and japanese tartar. This was a delicious main, the chicken was crispy on the outside and tender on the inside and the sauce was a touch sweet and creamy and went well with white rice.
We also ordered the salmon teriyaki with stir fried vegetables. This was a delicious and healthy dish, I loved the sweet teriyaki sauce and tender and fatty salmon and the abundance of vegetables meant I was getting lots of nutrition.
We also got the seafood udon hotpot with udon noodles, prawn, crab, mussel, baby octopus, mushroom and vegetables. This was the perfect winter warmer dish, the broth was so tasty, having been cooked in the seafood, and I loved how it was plain and simple, allowing the seafood aromas to come through.
Finally, for dessert, we tried the roasted japanese miso caramel ice cream with matcha and strawberry mocha desserts. I really enjoyed the unique miso caramel flavour with a hint of refreshing mint as well as the chewy mochi, it was a sweet finish to a great meal!
Overall, Akira is a great Japanese restaurant in the District, serving a range of Japanese food with other Asian influences. Their menu is extensive with sushi, ramen, rice dishes on offer, you’ll be sure to find something that you will enjoy!
Loveatfirstbite_aus dined as guests of Akira as part of the FCBA. All opinions are our own.