Durham >Food & Dining > Akashi Japanese Grill & Sushi Bar
2223 NC Hwy 54, Durham, NC | Directions 2771335.901675 -78.892957
Mon. - Thu., Sun. 5pm - 9pm;Fri. - Sat. 5pm - 10pm
LOVE LOVE LOVE – Best sushi and best prices in the area. We've tried them all and none compare to Akashi! Always delicious and great value. We go about once a week and have a great dining experience. If you like sushi its a must. My parents go with us, they don't like sushi but they like the grilled snapper and hibachi style menu as well.
My favorite sushi place in the Triangle – I've been a customer of this restaurant since they opened their doors. I have been to many of the other sushi restaurants in the area, but I keep coming back to Akashi for a lot of reasons: (1) the fish always feels fresh, (2) they have one of the largest selections of creative rolls (over 80!) that I have ever seen, (3) their prices are affordable and a good value for what you get, (4) their waitstaff is friendly and accommodating, and (5) their restaurant feels clean.
Their ambiance has evolved with time from being plain to having a modern Asian feel. Occasionally, their service can be slow, but that has been an exception rather than a rule from my plethora of visits there.
Reasonably priced and good food – Owner on site.
Good sushi at a reasonable price:)
Great Sushi Great Prices – Akashi is our new fave sushi restaurant in the area. The sushi never fails to satisfy and the you can't beat the prices. Try the tuna jaw appetizer...you won't be disappointed!!
Great Sushi and Service – They food is fantastic and cheap. Also they are usually pretty fast even at lunch when they are super busy. The sushi chef's are super nice and we love sitting at the sushi bar and chatting with them.
Best sushi in Triangle - I kid you not – This is admittedly almost the same review that I entered on Akashi's other Citysearch entry. I did want to point out that when you see overwhelming 5 star reviews with multiple paragraphs of praise and then just a few people with vague criticisms who give 1 stars, hopefully you can draw the correct conclusion as to which to trust. Maybe it's the competition spouting off jealously, maybe it's somebody who feels the need to be a contrarian, who knows, who cares. :)
So I'll keep it brief here - I've eaten sushi all over Asia, big cities in this country etc. This place surprisingly rivals some of the best ones I've ever been to. Don't get me wrong, of course Akashi doesn't have the super high-end ingredients and class of a place like Osho in the Bay Area, but then again, you're not paying a fortune either. The half off sushi really is half off, no silly "equal or lesser value" gimmicks. The chef is the guy who made nearby Shiki Sushi famous, this is his new place and if you dare to compare, you'll see why people are raving. Talk to him a little and you'll see just how dedicated he is to his craft. If you are a real sake fan, ask for the imported sakes which are not on the menu.
The only cons are just the fact that it's in a pretty run down strip mall, and the decor is fairly plain. (They've spruced it up a lot recently, so the bright cafeteria lights and cheap chairs etc. are thankfully gone.) I come here for the excellent food, friendly service, and convenient 54/55 location. If you want fancy atmosphere, go to Shiki. If you want the best sushi in the Triangle at unbelievably cheap prices, you owe it to yourself to try Akashi.
Krab with a "k" – Rolls were marginal, nigiri was just okay. Careful when ordering the "Crab" nigiri; they don't tell you its actually the artificial stuff and has all the appeal of fish flavored spaghetti. Yikes.
great everything – the service was great, but best of all the food. the sushi ive been to places all over the triangle but they have the best sushi. Just becuase its a sushi resturant doesnt mean it doesnt still uphold high standards for everything else. the steak and chicken i had was cooked perfectly and you dont get shorted on it either. the rice was great. the soup was the best soup i have had at any japanese resturant. i ate the tofu and spinich soup. ten times better then the onion soup. be sure to try it. if you get a chance be sure to check out akashi japanese resturaunt. you wont regret it
best sushi at the best prices in the triangle – Simply the best in the triangle. I have been eating sushi since I was in grade school and this gem is the best I have ever found. The prices here are very affordable, and the sushi selection is vast and fresh. Even in you don't enjoy sushi, the teppenyaki selection here is wonderful. The head teppenyaki chef has more than 20 years experience. I took my date here and she was very impressed!
Favorite Sushi Place – I love Akashi for three reasons. One because it is in a great location. It is very close to work, and very easy to get to. Two because their sushi is amazing. I have found that not only do they have really good sushi that is fresh, but everything is at such a reasonable price, and that is hard to come by these days. The last reason is their great employees. I always get good service there. Sometimes the waitresses are busy, but I have never waited to long for a refill or for a check. It is altogether a great place to eat.
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