“I’d come back here,” Lowell said, more than once. I agreed. Aki Asian House, a storefront restaurant, located on the ground floor of a new luxury rental complex is in an area filled with restaurants, including Anthony’s Cheesecake, Villa Italiana, Tilted Kilt and Essex Junction. It was a delightful find.
A must-try dish is the sushi pizza. A crunchy scallion pancake served as the base for seaweed and slabs of tuna, white tuna and salmon, all topped with squiggles of special sauce. Small cylinders of crispy Japanese spring rolls came with a sweet-and-sour chili sauce. The Thai chili-chicken eggplant dish—another winner—with red and green peppers and scallions was served with a sweet and spicy sauce. One sushi roll was tried; the Red dragon roll made with seared, black-pepper tuna and avocado topped with spicy tuna and a honey wasabi sauce, was fresh tasting and had Lowell repeating his evening mantra, “I’d come back here.”
The menu offers soup, salads, sushi, sashimi, rolls and entrees as well as special rolls, and other Asian dishes such as General Tao’s chicken; Bangkok beef; Chilean sea bass; tempura, teriyaki, ramen noodles or rice dishes.
Aki Asian house has black booths, blue walls, slate tile floors and Japanese-themed pictures, all which create a modern, sleek look. The fish was fresh tasting, the service attentive; give it a try. Open daily for lunch and dinner.
Sushi pizza and Spring roll.
Photo courtesy of Lowell Saferstein
Aki Asian House
70 Washington Street
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