132-16 14th Ave., College Pt.; Phone 747-0529;
CUISINE: Japanese with innovative creations
PARKING: In parking lot across from Whitepoint Shopping Center
CREDIT CARDS: Major cards ($15 minimum)
HOURS: Closed Sunday. Open for lunch from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
(12 noon on Sat). Dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. (11 p.m. Sat.).
This delightful Japanese restaurant caught our attention several years
ago. First because of its skilled chef/owner, Raymond, who presents fresh, edible works of
art. He has continued to be creative and on our recent visit, presented us with new dishes
which, in our opinion, may well become classic dishes of the future. Be sure to ask for
specials when you arrive.
Presentation is important in Japanese cuisine. From the dishes
themselves on which the food is served to the flower-like arrangement of sliced ginger and
wasabi, Raymonds cuisine appeals to all the senses. His new concoctions are always a
We started with the popular Japanese dumplings Gyoza with pork and
veggies and also Shumai with shrimp and vegetables (both cost $4). As is our preference,
we continued with several small dishes such as the Tako-Su (sliced octopus in vinegar
sauce) to complete our light lunch. A side dish of shredded cukes, carrots and crabmeat
was tasty. The highlight of our meal was a very special dish called The Dynamite. Served
warm in a large clam shell, this dish is a rich combination of crab meat, scallops and
mushrooms combined with Japanese mayonnaise. Ask your server if its available.
Being especially fond of fresh water eel, we ordered Unagi Sushi and
the authentic, handsome Dragon Roll (eight segments arranged/decorated like a dragon at
$8.50). Other eel-lovers might want to try the Eel on Rice.
Try accompanying your meal with Sake (warm or chilled) in a traditional
square wooden drinking vessel. Imported beer is available. The bottomless teapot is always
included with every order.
Popular Lunch Specials (also available for take out) include Beef
Teriyaki (complete with rice and salad), Yakitori (skewered chicken with vegetables),
Sushi, Hand Rolls, and the Happy Box (Bento) Special at $12.95.Its always a treat to
go back to Akiyama which deserves and maintains its fine reputation. The attentive service
our server was named Winnie adds to the enjoyment of eating at Akiyama.