And he threw the knives and utensils into the air, juggling and tapping the pointy steels in a rhythmic pattern on the iron grill. I watch, cringing and hoping he won’t make a mistake. It lasted only for a few seconds but it was enough to capture our attention and awe. It’s the chef’s way of saying, the show is about to start at Akira: The Art of Teppanyaki and Sushi restaurant. We’re on the front seat, or rather, by the side table fronting the grill in anticipation of the art of teppanyaki in the making.
I am simply beguiled by Japanese cuisines. I enjoy their ramen, sushi, maki and even those little sweet treats from Japan. There’s just an understated elegance to their dishes its hard not to appreciate. Even with their teppanyakis, it’s not only about the food, it’s the performance and the whole dining experience. Akira: The Art of Teppanyaki and Sushi restaurant hopes to share their show-stopping Japanes cuisine to Filipinos especially the teppanyaki which to them would be the next big thing.
Before the main show, we started with some front acts. Their Miso soup, not as strong as I’m used to but has the quiet and pleasant tasty flavor just enough to whet our tastebuds for what’s coming.
A set of Akira California Maki was also served. While it looks very delectable, I was only planning to eat two of the four pieces as not to get too full for the main course, but it was so good and whole in flavor I ended up eating three and finishing it off after the whole meal.
The Teppanyaki Main Act
Flying utensils, flaming grill and tumbling pepper shakes. The acrobatics were indeed captivating but more so on how the dishes took form. There’s the fancy short grained Japanese rice turned into a hearty (literally) shaped fried rice. Then from the raw premium ingredients of US Wagyu beef, chicken and prawns, we saw how the chef evenly grilled the meat, pour in the soya oil, lather the meat with unsalted butter and season them with Kikkoman sauce while their spatula keeps the meat in motion on the grill. One by one the Chef puts them on our plate. I waited until all of the dish are on my plate before trying them.
The steak bits were really soft and juicy, such a pleasure to chew on. The prawns was evenly grilled and taste fresh with its rich buttery flavor. The sake-infused chicken was a favorite. So good, savory and garlicky with a delightful crispiness here and there without being too salty. I also loved munching on those garlic bits. This meal really is the pinnacle of this performance.
This whole Wagyu set meal (A3) is offered at Php 1,768 which includes 100grams of Japanese Wagyu, chicken and prawns with their sauces. On the side is the miso soup, fried rice and vegetable.
Aside from their Teppanyaki and Sushi, Akira also have other dishes to compliment their main offers. There’s the meticulously designed mixed suishi platter, their proud Akira Rolls, tastefully organized bento boxes and more.
Akira: Art of Teppanyaki and Sushi
Branches at 5th level, East Wing, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Alphaland City Club, Burgos Circle at Forbestown, Bonifacio Global City, and Robinsons Magnolia, Quezon City.
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