Akira Sushi | Chatswood

We had a wonderful night with FCBA and Famished Duo at Akira Sushi. It was a night filled with laughter, conversations and moments of happiness and I think all our jaws were hurting by the end of the night! But right.. let's start talking about the food! Akira Sushi can be found at The District, Podium Level in Chatswood interchange so it's conveniently located for a weeknight dinner fix (or weekend splurge).

REVISITED 13/03: The service was extremely slow, my order came out incorrectly (even though the waitress repeated the correct order), my two friends ordered the same dish however, one was luke warm and one was hot. The yakiudon was cold on the outside and warm on the inside. We had to get the attention of the staff on several occasions. Plus, all dishes arrived at different times (the first dish arrived 40 mins after ordering, the last dishes arrived 15 mins later).

I would not return again as it was a completely different experience to our experience (when we were invited to dine there).  However, keep reading to see our first experience.

 Sashimi Omakase
 A selection of sashimi, including scallop and scampi. It is served so elegantly on a bed of ice and considering we were dining in a food court, we were surprised just how fresh the seafood was. If you've been following us, you know we aren't the biggest fans of raw seafood and as such we stuck to the simple scallop and salmon. This is the ultimate feast for seafood lovers!

Siokara It Octopus
While small in size, these spiced baby optopus were great to awaken the taste buds! Bathed in a bowl of chilli sauce, the octopus had a great bouncy texture with a little crispness on the edges. It reminded us of our travels in Japan and the street food we ate at Dotombori. Make sure to eat these hot!

Nasu Denkaku Miso
The grilled eggplant with sweet miso sauce was absolutely amazing. Christie is a huge fan of eggplant whether it's grilled, fried, baked, braised etc...you can keep going! Matt on the other hand isn't a fan of eggplant UNTIL TONIGHT!! We loved how it retained quite a firm texture yet was soft enough to spoon out of the eggplant skin, in a similar fashion to a mango. Highly recommend the grilled eggplant whether you like it, hate it or can't stand the sight of it. Give it a try and let us know what you think!

Teba Gyoza
When I see the word gyoza, our minds immediately jump to the thought of a nice crispy dumpling which is dripping with oil and has a small bowl of soy and vinegar. Surprise! The dish is actually a serving of stuffed chicken wings and our brains are so confused at the moment. Splashed with a light sauce, the Teba Gyoza were tiny little pops of flavour. Just be mindful that this wouldn't even fill up a kid, so it is encouraged to order a lot more!

Agedashi Tofu
We've had Agedashi Tofu at a handful of restaurants but for some reason, the sauce that the tofu was served in, made Akira Sushi's taste slightly different.  If you've never tried Agedashi Tofu before it has an interestingly subtle crunchy when you bite into it, then as you pull away, there's an almost gluey-like 'skin' to it - it's very hard to explain unless you try it for yourself and then you will understand exactly what we are talking about. 

 
 Teriyaki Wagyu Beef
Served in a sizzling hot plate, the teriyaki wagyu beef leaves anyone around you salivating. The beef is very tender and being the main star of the dish it has been marinated well. Amongst the beef is a number of stir fried vegetables, also cooked in the same teriyaki sauce. The sauce was both sweet and salty and we loved every bit of it. Give us this and two bowl rices and we are happy for the night - yes please!

Unagi Tofu Tamagotojt
Unagi and tofu with egg batter soaked in sweet soy sauce. The taste of unagi at Japanese restaurants are sweet and would all taste the somewhat similar. What we loved about this dish was the silky smooth tofu, flavoursome egg droplets which was served on sizzling plate. A bowl of rice to accompany this dish would be perfect.

Whenever we visit The District there is never an issue finding a seat, being a weekday night or a weekend. The difference today was that Akira Sushi was packed and it was a Wednesday night seating which really speaks for the quality of the food!

Snapshots of Food dined as guests of FCBA and Akira Sushi

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