An Illumination within Marina Bay
With a delicious spread of authentic Japanese food made from the freshest ingredients, Akari beckons with its warm interior that is perfect for almost any occasion, from a business lunch to romantic dinner for two, this place has got you covered. Service is impeccable, right from the moment you enter the restaurant. Just relax into your seat, and be prepared for a smorgasbord of eye-candy worthy dishes.
Situated at the new Marina Bay Financial Centre, Akari offers a refreshing menu of traditional and contemporary Japanese cuisine that caters to the most exquisite palates at very reasonable prices. With an impressive executive lunch and Omakase course, and a spacious private dining room, Akari is the perfect place for a business lunch or company party, especially with its accessible location. As with an authentically Japanese experience, the service is impeccable from the moment you step into the restaurant.
Start off your meal with a glass of sparkling sake to whet your appetite. A modern take on the traditional sake, this was a drink created from the influence of Westerners in Japan who infused a delightful fizz into this Japanese alcoholic drink. Enjoyed by all generations, this is a trend that is rapidly gaining popularity in Japan. Lightly sweet, with an ever-so-slight alcoholic flavour, this drink won us over with its subtly refreshing nature. Alternatively, you could try their draft beers at very reasonable prices during Akariâ€™s happy hour from Monday to Saturday.
Whatâ€™s a Japanese meal without seafood? The Salmon Zukushi platter consists of salmon, salmon belly and salmon roe. We especially love the salmon belly, so tender and smooth that it simply slithered down your throat. The oyster, which was a special off-the-menu dish highly recommended by the staff, completely blew us over. Pan-fried in its own juices, it was succulent and slightly crispy, and glided into our mouths with the freshness of a crystalline rock pool.
Salmon Zukushi platter
To prepare yourself for the onslaught of meat dishes, we recommend to clean your palate with the Negitoro Avocado Nama Harumaki â€“ an astoundingly healthy dish, and yet absolutely delicious. A stunning visual masterpiece, you will surely be enraptured by the arrangement of the leafy vegetables amidst the rice paper rolls. Delicately thin rice paper encased chopped tuna belly, so fine that it dissolves in your mouth, and diced avocado, whose muted taste complements the fish perfectly. Creamy wasabi mayonnaise generously drizzled over the rice rolls provides an invigorating zing to round off this healthy salad.
Negitoro Avocado Nama HarumakiWe strongly recommend the Soki Tatsuta Age, which is a deep-fried simmered pork bone that had been boiled overnight till the cartilage was reduced to a smooth puree instead of the crunchy bone you would expect. This exemplifies the chefâ€™s thoroughness in the execution of his dishes, where every slice of meat is fried to a crisp on the outside, yet retaining the tender moist texture within.
Soki Tatsuta Age
With all this food, you would no doubt feel satiated at the end of your meal. But for a sweet touch, try the cheese cake. A wobbly tofu cheesecake that balances precariously on a crunchy biscuit base, this sealed the deal for us to provide a closure for our meal.