Akari Japanese Restaurant – Newton
Knowing how I suffer from problems with directions, I made sure to Google Akari beforehand when I knew that I was going to be out in the Newton area. Unfortunately, I must have misread something that said Akari was located in the Strawberry Hill Shopping Centre. I must have driven around that complex for a good five minutes before I pulled over and checked my phone only to find that it’s located across the street from Strawberry Hill in the Scott 72 Centre.
When I finally arrived, I found that the inside of the restaurant was a bit modern mixed with traditional. They have a few separated dining rooms that look like mini houses.
I ordered the Special Lunch Bento Box with Chicken ($14.95) which came with a bowl of miso soup. The fried gyozas were super juicy when I bit into them. I especially liked the chicken teriyaki as the exterior had a great crunchy char to the skin but the inside meat was tender and juicy.
In addition to the prawn and veggie tempura (which was dipped in a thin batter), you also get their daily special which was a yam croquette. The food here is solid and the service was fairly quick during the lunch hour.
7261 120th Street