Bloomfield, NJ 07003
- Cost: $$$
- Credit Cards: All Major
- Alcohol: BYO
- Parking: Private Lot
- Take Out: Yes
January 24, 2015
Aki serves an extensive menu of Japanese cuisine in a comfortable dining room.
From the outside, Aki looks like an out of the way local restaurant. It occupies an older building on Broad Street in Bloomfield, with a rear parking lot wedged up against the Garden State Parkway. Inside, the dining room is surprisingly large and polished – dark wood against white walls – with plenty of tables and booths welcoming families and couples alike.
Sushi and sashimi are the main attractions and Aki’s plates are impressive, whether a la carte, as an entree or appetizer. Spicy Mango Tuna Tartare and Yellowtail Jalapeño with yuzu sauce are good appetizer options. Then there’s “Sushi Pizza,” one of those uniquely American ethnic food mash-ups, like Masala Pizza, that you are unlikely to ever find in Japan. The best versions feature fresh fish on a crisp, chewy rice fritter. To me, it’s like a seafood arancini. My wife, quite a rice fan, considers the version at Daimatsu one of the best. I admit, if sushi pizza is on a New Jersey Japanese menu, we usually try it. Aki’s Sushi Pizza appetizer – chunks of tuna, salmon and avocado (adding Mexican flair) on a crispy fried-rice cake, drizzled with colorful sauces, including yuzu – is impressive looking and quite tasty. The large special rolls at Aki come in creative varieties, like the “Sumo Special” (spicy scallop), “T & T” (white and black pepper tuna) and “Tiger Special” (spicy tuna with black, red and green roe).
The rest of Aki’s menu includes teriyaki, tempura, hibachi and katsu dishes, as well as fortifying udon noodle soups.
When you’re in the mood for Japanese, Bloomfield’s Aki is worth a visit.