If you live in or frequent South Miami, you've seen Akashi. It's that small Japanese joint nestled a block from the Shops at Sunset Place and adorned with two large graphics of a koi and a baby-like geisha. According to the restaurant's website, other than being a city in Japan renowned for its seafood, akashi
means "bright stone." And though this windowless eatery is a stone's throw from bustling South Dixie Highway, the ambiance isn't very bright. It's like walking into a dim, narrow, brownish singlewide trailer lit by a glaring yet attractive fish tank behind a sushi bar. Service isn't very friendly or quick, but the food, namely Akashi's assortment of "exotic sushi rolls," is tasty, especially if you're a novice to Japanese cuisine or a fan of fried delights such as the dragon roll. Most "exotic rolls" include shrimp or crab; are packed with avocado, masago, and/or cream cheese; and come drizzled with eel sauce or spicy mayo. Standouts are the "part-time roll," full of fried white fish and topped with raw tuna; and the "Alex #2," rolled with shrimp tempura and topped with avocado and fried breadcrumbs called "crunch." It's a great take-out spot for locals but not so great if one of your expectations includes a little TP while using the restroom.
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