Thursday, May 30, 2013

Akai Hana

Location: 3223 Lake Ave, Wilmette
Cost: About $20 per person

I don't know about you guys, but the first time I'd heard about sushi was from the TV show Doug. See, Doug's wacky grandma came to town, and Doug learns to try new things (in this case sushi). It's quite the heartwarming take home message. The point of this tale is that I went to a sushi restaurant without much back story otherwise. I hit up Akai Hana the other weekend with my parents. It's an old standby for my family.

Akai Hana is just off the Skokie Blvd. exit of 94. It's easy to get to from the city, but ultimately if you don't find yourself in the northern suburbs, I doubt you'll make your way there. If you find yourself in them there parts, the restaurant is in a little strip mall next to a Japanese market. The restaurant has a sushi bar, plenty of seating, and an excessive amount of hard wood and bamboo decor. The staff is kind and quick although our waitress wasn't the best communicator. The price is standard with the occasional specialty roll in the low teens and the normal stuff around $8.

The Food
We got some Tuna Teriyaki to start. It was a little overcooked but soaked in enough sauce to mask any other flaws.

The Tuna Teriyaki

We had an assortment of rolls. Since my memory is failing me and their online menu is lacking, I'm not sure what absurd nickname was given to each of these. We had one with tuna, avocado, and tempura flakes. Another was a california roll of sorts topped with soft shell crab. The next was a salmon and mango combo. Finally we had an avocado roll wrapped in salmon and topped in roe. Things were simple and crisp throughout.

I've been to Akai Hana many times. We didn't get any soups this time, but I'd recommend the Tempura Udon. The sushi is simple and tasty. I've had better and more creative, but it sure is reliable. I'm giving Akai Hana 3 out of 5 Pearls.

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