If you look at my other reviews you will note that sushi is not an uncommon cuisine for me to partake of. My last trip to California, in the San Diego area, left me wondering what all the fuss about California sushi was. This trip answered that question.
Akiko's, so very conveniently located a door from my hotel, was a magnificent find and ranks as the all-time best sushi I've ever had. Everything was fresh, flavourful, and masterfully presented. I travel a great deal for work and always try to visit new places each night I am in a city but Akiko's was so incredible I had to come back for a second and third evening out of my 6 in San Francisco.
From the gently-seared nigiri to the uni bursting with flavour everything was top-notch. I have not a single negative or qualified statement, Akiko's was all-around incredible.
Prices were competitive for sushi, very reasonable. The wait staff is very attentive.
Something I GREATLY appreciated is that my sushi was brought to me one item at a time. My spider roll did not appear until my nigiri was finished, savoured, and the dish cleared and so on. That little touch, something that so many other establishments can't seem to figure out, made my dinners so much more relaxing and enjoyable.
It also speaks volumes that on my final night there I sat next to a sushi chef from another restaurant. If the competition comes to eat at your restaurant, you're clearly doing it right.
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