Akari Japanese Restaurant, Coquitlam

Akari Japanese Restaurant is a Korean owned izakaya located in Westwood Mall beside Superstore and Fitness World on Lougheed Highway. Central Coquitlam with plentiful free parking spaces brings a delightful Korean and Japanese fusion together. The restaurant not only has a sushi bar, several party rooms, but a private VIP lounge area… Bright interior decor with traditional oriental Shoji screens separate the space…

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Cuisine: Japanese, Korean, Fusion, Izakaya
Price/Entrée: $10-15
Out of 5… (1: Don’t bother —> 5: Excellent)
Food: 3.5
Service: 4.0
Ambiance: 3.5
Overall: 3.5

Food here is always consistent, the portions are big, and the sashimis are fresh. There is a variety of rolls available from your traditional California Rolls, Negitoro Rolls, to your Western fusion style rolls such as the Philadelphia Roll (cucumber slices, avocado, cream cheese, salmon, unagi with tobiko). Also available for the health cautious you – brown sushi rice! Daily specials and late night happy hour specials on the weekend – $1 a piece salmon or tuna in sashimi / sushi pieces.

California Roll

Your usual Cali roll with just more imitation crab meat and topped with roasted sesame seads. Less rice = more crabby goodness!

Philadelphia Roll
Akari Japanese Restaurant, Coquitlam

(Cream Cheese, Salmon, Unagi, Avocado, Radish Sprouts topped with Tobiko and drizzled in soy vinaigrette sauce)

Toro Sashimi

Al Bap Stoneware Rice (served with miso soup)

It was a surprise when we first learned that Akari served Al Bap. Not a lot of Korean restaurants in Vancouver serves this delectable hot stone rice bowl. Al Bap is a delicious Korean type of bibimbap which includes various types of fish roe eggs – caviars such as tobiko and ikuras. Served with raw egg, sour pickles, vegetables and seaweed in hot stoneware bowls so that the rice is roasted crispy and hot. Mix everything together and let the rice burn before eating.

Also notables:

  • Grilled Black Cod
  • Las Vegas Roll
    • (Cream Cheese, Tuna, Salmon, Cooked Prawns, Crabmeat, Cucumber, Avocado topped with Tobiko)
  • Caterpillar Roll
    • (Crabmeat, Cucumberm Asparagus topped with Avocado and Unagi Sauce)
  • Rock & Roll
    • (California Roll topped with Grilled Full Size Unagi and Tobiko)

Next time if you are in Coquitlam and don’t feel like driving far for Japanese stop by Akari.

The prices are reasonable and the services are prompt and friendly. It never gets too busy and you will always find a table

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