Location: 2nd Floor Robinsons Magnolia (previously occupied by New Orleans); 5th Floor Shangri-la Plaza East Wing; Burgos Circle; Alphaland Makati Place
Telephone Number: 654-3920
Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm
I’m always on the lookout for Japanese restaurants. AKIRA just opened recently a new branch at Robinsons Magnolia (where Ramen Nagi has opened a branch too), and I was curious to try out what they’re offering. I dined at Shangrila Mall, though. Akira specializes in sushi, makimono and teppanyaki.
The interiors of their restaurant looked very modern and Western in origins, with waitstaffs wearing knee-high boots and chairs embedded with photos of old men. I don’t know the story behind these but it looked eerily like Johnny Chow restaurant at Newport Mall. Knee high boots? They look so familiar and I can only name one restaurant who famously have their waitresses wearing knee high boots – Sumosam. Turns out, I was right. Akira is owned by Sumosam and Mr. Kurosawa. (On another note they will be opening Hawaii’s Teddy’s Bigger Burgers at Greenbelt this August 23.)
Our food came incredibly late and my hunger eventually faded along with my appetite. Regardless this didn’t really prevent me from taking notice of how mediocre and flat their food was.
Fried Pork Wagyu Gyoza
Gyoza’s can be steamed or fried, and I wish I ordered steamed instead. This was probably the worst gyoza I ever tasted.
Just ok. Nothing special with Akira’s chicken teriyaki.
The Tori Karaage is better than Chicken Teriyaki, but then, I’ve had better Chicken Karaage.
You know how we liked the dipping sauce of tempura spiked with ginger? Akira’s Tempura Udon soup tastes exactly the same. The tempura was like a spinoff of Tokyo Tokyo’s bento meals, fast food style.
California Maki Roll
California Roll wasn’t that good. Rice isn’t sticky enough and fell apart when I poked it with my chopsticks. (On the side note, their Gohan wasn’t Japanese rice too.)
Akira’s Tonkatsu was passable, tastes juicy, except the meat was brownish inside, and the breadcrumbs were weird for me. It tasted like Chicken though.
The Verdict: Vastly Overrated
Besides all that, I’m wondering why people would still prefer their ridiculously expensive Matsuzaka beef and A3 Wagyu beef that is bound to just give you a gastro-trap.
If you’re hungry and want something filling but can wait a luxurious 20 minutes of your time, Akira is the place for you. I never really did liked Sumosam’s concept from the very beginning. Had I known this was a spinoff of Sumosam hidden behind chairs suspiciously borrowed from Johnny Chow, I wouldn’t have given a second thought to dine here.
My recommendation? Keep out from Akira and its half-brother, Watami.
|Taste and Originality:||(1.5 / 5)|
|Customer Experience:||(2.5 / 5)|
|Value for Money:||(2.0 / 5)|
|Brick and Mortar:||(2.5 / 5)|
|Average:||(2.1 / 5)|