Wilmette >Food & Dining > Akai Hana Market
3223 Lake Ave, Wilmette, IL | Directions 6009142.079353 -87.755262
Very Rude People – The restaurant is not customer oriented. They feel that is okay for them to get the to go order wrong consistently!! INSTEAD OF APOLOGIZING TO THE CUSTOMER, THEY COMPLAIN!!
Worst service less than average sushi – BAD service. C'mon, if the food is just below average, at least be nice! Not recommended. Go to Akira at 1137 Greenleaf Ave instead - uncomparable food and service.
Sushi is average – Sushi here is OK, nothing great. The Chicken Terriaki dishes are just average. I have had much better tasting at other Japanese restaurants. If you really like Japanese food better place is Sunshine Cafe on Clark in Chicago.
HORRIBLE Sushi!!!! – This place is a health code violation in waiting!!!! I have now gotten sick from Akai Hana twice!!! The first time I thought it was just the flu, but by the second time I wised up. I have been coming to this restaurant for years, and though I have seen a slow decline in food quality, they have finally sunk to their lowest level ... a level that is surely not comparable to their high priced menu (compared to many great sushi places in the city). And worst of all, the customer service is absolutely TERRIBLE!!! Even when I told them that my unagi didn't seem right (after eating a couple of pieces then pushing the plate away in disgust!!), they would only give me half off my roll because they claimed I had eaten half. I couldn't have stomached eating half of this terrible excuse for sushi!! I will never go back again and I suggest that no one else put themselves through the experiences I have had!!!!!!
BEST in the North Shore!!! – I remember when my aunt took me here for the first time for my first sushi experience. This was back in the fall of 96 and close to 11 years later I still go here for those occational cravings for sushi and salmon teriyaki. One of the things I liked most about the place is that it was close to where I went to high school, Loyola Academy. Sure, I was nervous trying sushi for the first time (like anyone else) but honestly there wasn't anything to be scared of. I remember having the salmon teriyaki box that included 3 pieces of sushi (shrimp, tuna, salmon). It was good then, and it's still good now. There's a reason to why Zagat rated this restaurant so high on their list. However, despite them making changes here and there, I think it's in need of some changes to their menu. Yes, the place isn't 100% authentic Japanese (more Korean acting Japanese, but what place really is true Japanese) but it's WAY better food than some other places I've tried. Plus, the value of their sushi gives you more for your money. I just wish they made changes to their menu more often, like changing the sushi selections as well as their bowl selection. But bottom line, I like this place and will continue to frequent this place. The food is good and the staff (well, most of them) are friendly too. But it would be nice to see some change go down after all these years.
Casual, affordable North Shore sushi spot. – In Short
Nestled into a strip mall, this low-key, brightly lit restaurant satisfies suburbanites' craving for sushi with abundant, fresh maki and sashimi offerings, from tuna and salmon nigiri to popular spicy tuna and roe-speckled California rolls. The restaurant also serves Japanese entrees like tempura, teriyaki and noodle dishes.
good value – Authentic it's not, but if you're looking for good Japanese-ish food at a good price, this is a good place.
Good food-horrible service! – Consistently bad service. The staff could not care less about you. They are constantly running away from customers as soon as order is placed. It is too bad that this restaurant does not seem to care about service at all. Customers should feel welcome.
Aki!!! – It is Great food! Graet for small groups of friends adults.
Not much for atmosphere – TV is always on. Sushi chefs are not Japanese. Diner-like atmosphere. Food is good. Prices are OK. Lots of families. Friendly.
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