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Akakage Japanese Restaurant BF Homes

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 6 a.m.
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 It’s a tradition in my family that each time there is a birthday, the birthday celebrant gets to choose where to eat for the day. When my mom celebrated her birthday last month, she decided that we try out Akakage, a Japanese restaurant that just recently opened along J. Elizalde Street in BF Homes.

 It’s a tradition in my family that each time there is a birthday, the birthday celebrant gets to choose where to eat for the day. When my mom celebrated her birthday last month, she decided that we try out Akakage, a Japanese restaurant that just recently opened along J. Elizalde Street in BF Homes. As soon as we drove into their parking area, I had to do a double take. The bamboo-covered facade made me think that we were entering a restaurant that offers Filipino cuisine rather than Japanese. But the huge tarpaulin signage told me that we were, indeed, in the right place.

Akakage is a Japanese restaurant that serves authentic and fusion Japanese cuisine in a very casual setting. Their friendly staff ushered us into one of the available tables in their two dining areas. The one where we sat was extremely simple, bordering to basic. The lighting was pretty dim and it was rather warm, perhaps because of the dark-colored wooden tables, chairs and wall panels absorbed much of the light coming from the cloth-covered lamps that hung over the dining area which were covered with cloth designed with Japanese calligraphy. The other dining area was a bit more cheerful. It was more well-lighted. There was a lot more things happening here. The sushi bar where they prepare their different raw delicacies is found here, along with a small book shelf filled with Japanese manga books.

Sushi and sashimi are the specialties here in the restaurant, so we decided to try a couple of them.  They were the first to arrive on our table.

We started out our meal with tuna sashimi, California maki, and Dragon Roll—one of their special maki. The presentation of the Tuna sashimi and California maki were very simple and straightforward, but very clean. The Dragon Roll was a bit more creative.

But what it lacked in presentation, it made up for its flavor. The Tuna Sashimi was so clean and fresh, and the freshly made wasabi that accompanied it which I mixed in with soy sauce gave it a nice kick that woke up my sinuses even though I just placed a little bit.
 
Tuna Sashimi

Their California Maki was also delicious. They were very generous with the filling so you get the texture from the cucumber, and the sweetness from the combination of the ripe mango, Japanese mayo and the crab.
 
California Maki  

The Dragon Roll was very interesting. It is made up of not one, but two, kinds of maki: one made from ebi (shrimp) and another made from unagi (eel) that was first grilled teriyaki style. The best way to eat this is to alternate from the ebi and the unagi rolls. The teriyaki taste from the unagi roll carries over to the ebi roll, giving you that great combination of texture and flavor.
 
Dragon Roll  

Up next was the Agedashi Tofu, which has become one of my recent Japanese food favorites.

Agedashi Tofu


Four large and thick slices of silken tofu that have been dipped in batter and then quickly fried before it is immersed into a sweet sauce and topped with grated horseradish, ginger and bonito (a kind of tuna that is first smoked before it is dried) flakes. The delicate taste of the tofu mingled with the sweetness and roundness of the sauce, perfect to stimulate your taste buds and appetite. It complemented really well with their Miso Soup which my dad and I ordered. The soup was rather on the salty side so the sweetness of the sauce of the Agedashi Tofu helped tone it down.

Their Kani (crab) Salad was served next. Presentation-wise, this was the most appetizing. However, as I dove in to try it, I was a bit disappointed since there was just too much cucumber and lettuce here and not much crab to go around to be really called a Kani salad.
 
Kani Salad  

Our main course arrived shortly after: two kinds of tempura—Ebi Tempura and Kisu (fish) Tempura—and Yaki Udon (thick stir fried noodles).

I was very pleased with the tempura dishes that they served us. Usually, most Japanese restaurants here tend to hide the seafood inside a very thick layer of tempura batter so while it looks like they are serving you really big pieces, they are actually very small and part of the dining experience is trying to find where is the meat. But not in this case. There was just the right amount batter to coat it without hiding the light meat inside.
 
Kisu Tempura  

The Yaki Udon was another disappointment for me. The presentation was very far from the other dishes. It almost looked like they just dumped the entire thing onto the plate, something I didn’t expect from a Japanese restaurant where presentation is a very important part in the entire dining experience. The dish was also a bit on the salty side as well, and the slight tingling sensation on my tongue made me suspect that there was a bit of MSG that was added here to heighten its flavor.
 
Yaki Udon  

In addition to their sushi, sashimi and a la carte menu, they also serve budget friendly meals like bento boxes (which is made up of a serving of sushi or sashimi, salad, your choice of meat dish, rice, vegetable siding, and desert), and rice toppings.

The restaurant does not accept any credit cards or have Wi-Fi Internet access. They do deliver within the area, but I would strongly recommend to either eat here or just simply order some take out they charge a delivery fee on top of the minimum order amount. I found this a bit too much since many of the restaurants around that require a minimal order amount offer their delivery service for free.

Overall, turned out to be a great birthday lunch out for my mom. The extensive sushi and sashimi menu they have here makes this a great place to bring friends and introduce and make them try out these raw delicacies. While the presentation of the dishes does not really live up to par with most other Japanese restaurants, and some of the dishes that we ordered did not really meet my expectation in terms of flavor, this is definitely one place where you can enjoy really good Japanese food at an affordable price.
 
You can click here to get an idea of their prices and how to get here. 

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