Raleigh >Food & Dining > Akari Express
2109 Avent Ferry Rd Ste 118, Raleigh, NC | Directions 2760635.779655 -78.675647
Mon. - Thu. 11am - 9:30pm;Fri. 11am - 10pm;Sat. 2pm - 10pm;Sun. CLOSED
So very disgusting – Wow. Just... wow. This is, far and away, the worst sushi I've ever had. It looks bad and smells worse. The taste is metallic and fishy. Eat here at your own peril.
bad bug problem – I would be very cautious when choosing to eat at akari. I am former employee for akari express. The first issue is that it is infested with roaches, to the point they are even crawling out from the napkin holders. Some days would get so grossed out that she could even serve food. If you question what I'm saying please call the health inspection department and ask them how many points were subtracted to her sanitation score, on the count of how many roaches were seen by the inspector while she was in the building. the second issue iI have with this womanis the fact that she is completely racist. She constantly comments on how stupid americans are. The owner "Jean" has even gone to the point of being mean to african americans so they change there mind about eating at her restauraunt. Countless African Americans have walked out due to her rudeness toward them. I wouldn't feel right to even post the things she has said about african americans.
choose where you eat carefully.
This is great food? – After seeing all of the great reviews my boyfriend and I decided to try Akari Express instead of going to Kanki. We placed our order through Raleigh TakeOut and were pleased with the good prices (especially compared to Kanki). The food arrived and didn't look great but I figured it would taste great based on the amazing reviews. I don't know what restaurant those people ate at, but it couldn't have been Akari.
We ordered a feast: teppenyaki, vegetable tempura, house salad and seaweed salad. The seaweed salad didn't have the crunch that it does in better restaurants. The japanese house salad was "eh" and the ginger sauce is just ok. Oh yeah, and there was a long black hair in my seaweed salad - I kid you not.
The tempura was soggy and I could tell it wasn't just because it was takeout - it was still warm but very soggy and the rice wasn't the quality of Kanki's.
The teppenyaki was also just ok, nothing like Kanki's perfectly cooked meats.
Overall I was very disappointed because I was expecting it to be a new favorite and I will definitely never get it again. Sad.
I will gladly pay to go to Kanki and have a little onion volcano made for me because the food is SO MUCH better.
Great Neighbors Great Food Great Service – I own a Tattoo Studio right next door to Akari Express and eat at their establishment EVERY day. Literally! Jean and all her staff are always extremely friendly and you can tell that they take great pride in their food. I opened in August of 09' and i haven't got the slightest bit tired of their food.
When you eat their food it is obvious that they do not use sub-par ingredients. I have yet to eat a piece of meat that has had ANY fat on it. Nothing there is EVER frozen, their vegetables are always fresh, and they make all of their own sauces (which are wayyy better than Kanki's)!
The best thing is that the food is very authentic, which i think is important when i eat food from another culture. It's like saying "i want Mexican food" and getting Taco Bell. That is totally not the case with Akari.
I've seen that some people have submitted negative reviews and i can tell you from personal DAILY experience that is definitely not the norm!! Akari is under new management now, same staff for the most part and nothing on their menu has changed.
Jean, the new owner, is one of the nicest ladies i have met and i am very glad to have her as a neighbor and a friend. The Chef there is AMAZING he takes what he does very seriously. He is professionally trained and perfectly cooks all his meat.
Another GREAT thing about Akari is they do not cross contaminate at all. I have a severe allergy to shrimp (so bad that i cant even TOUCH it) and i have yet to have a reaction from anything i have ever ate there.
If you are in the area and feel like eating some great food i would definitely tell you to check them out. I wouldn't send my own customers there if it wasn't great!
Excellent food... but theres more to it. – So reading these other reviews i am getting a vibe that some people believe that akari is great while others have a bad experience with it and rate it as terrible. well i have eaten there many times and here is the truth: both sides are right. First off let me say that the food is excellent, some of the best oriental food i have ever had. The prices are decent as well. The environment on the other hand can be vary greatly. The actually restaurant on the inside seems a bit old and cheap looking and the tables are a bit sticky. but believe me the food more than makes up for this. Now the major issues addressed earlier are that the owner gets angry and is very rude to customers. ill be quite honest as I know him very well: i believe every word of that. Hes not really a bad person, but dont expect to be treated like a customer if you question anything about the restaurant. I.E. dont say the food sucks, or complain about the environment or hours in front of the staff. If you refrain from this they will be extremely nice and you will enjoy the experience. however, if you do anything that pisses off management, they will snap and get into an argument with you. The owner seems to be a bit bipolar and takes complaints very personally. So heres the bottom line: If you want decently priced excellent oriental food - go to akari, it is simply amazing. However, if you have a tendency of running your mouth or piss off the management, then dont. This guy is not your run of the mill friendly owner, i mean i think hes got jailhouse tatts. If i had to make a comparison i would compare him to the "soup nazi" on seinfeld. youtube it to understand what i mean. While he is much less extreme, he will snap if you ignite it. So if you are willing to be respectful and not argue/complain to him I promise you will enjoy the food. As for me, I am somewhat of a hothead, but i have managed to stay on the owners good side, and have yet to argue with him despite my many visits. We know each other somewhat well now and i am willing to overlook the way he sometimes may treat customers just to get my hands on the wonderful food. Hope this helps. P.S. you may visit and he may be completely respectful, so dont expect the worst, im just giving you a worst case scenario here. Hope this helps.
Top 5 on my list – Akari is phenomenal, the food is great, the price is awesome, the people are wonderful. I have never had a single problem, I'm welcomed into the place no matter what time I come in, and can enjoy great conversation while I'm waiting for my food. The owner is a great guy, super nice, always on the up and up and nicer to me and my friends who go maybe once a week.
To those who left the negative review, I'm not sure why you expected him to eavesdrop on your conversation; if he had butted in when you started mentioning staying, you would have thought he was being rude for eavesdropping on you. So, really, grow up. He told you the first time everything had to be to go.
Thank you for all your wonderful food, prices, and service, Akari. = )
Good Food, Good People, Good Times – This establishment is in essence a phoenix. Formerly Miyako, which stumbled toward the end of its existence into a poorly managed and operated restaurant, Akari was reborn and turned into a place for friends, family, and food. I have eaten all over Raleigh and attempted to locate better, less expensive food and I have failed to do so. Akari offers competitive pricing with excellent service that is more personal and not the seemingly cliché robotic garbage you get at large chain restaurants.
Akari’s management is Superb. Kenneth (Kenny) is a real person that connects with his customers on a personal level as opposed to the seemingly robotic monotony of chain restaurants. Kenneth is a new age restaurateur that brings a fresh vibe of reality to a casual dining establishment. Concordantly, the staff of Akari is a great group of folks who always bring a smile and a joke to work. It is enjoyable eating there because the employees will talk with you and engage you to check how you are doing personally and how your food is.
I have been eating at Akari since its establishment and have come to know the people that work there fairly well and have yet to have a less than superior outing. I frequent this restaurant AT LEAST on a weekly basis because the food is excellent, the people are great, and they run a business that I am proud to spend my hard earned money on.
Fabulous experience – Akari is a chillen spot for me and my friends... We always eat there once a week... Food is wonderful and can't beat the price. We always do leave very satisfied... Their sesame chickens & steak, chicken, and shrimp yakisobas are to die for!!! Always enjoy the conversations I have with the owners & workers... It's definitely a place I would recommend to all students at NCSU...
PHENOMENAL food and service.... – I've literally eaten at Akari at least 50 times or more and the food as well as the customer service has ALWAYS been nothing but exemplary. I have yet to have a negative experience. Everyone that works there is extremely helpful, kind and thankful.
The food, is OUT OF THIS WORLD GOOD! I kid you not.... Beef that's so tender it's crazy. And the sauces are drool-worthy as well. I would choose Akari any day of the week over Kanki as there is NO comparison... and you'll pay about 3 times more for food at Kanki that just doesn't even compare... I've turned SEVERAL of my WakeMed co-worker's on to them and none of them has ever had anything but a outstanding service and food...
I'm disturbed by the reviews below as I've known the guys at Akari for quite some time and I have a very hard time believing that any of them would chase a car out of the lot screaming... Sounds like fiction to me... Not to mention that they are usually too busy to waste their time on something so silly... I find it sad that people would waste their time bashing a small businessman...
Karma has a way of coming right back at you...
If I could give the guys at Akari more than 5 stars I would, they do NOT disappoint.....
Best Japanese Food Ever! – I am a huge Akari fan!! My friends and I began eating at Akari when I was a sophomore at NC State, and I ate there everyday, and even after I graduated, I still eat there several times per week, and the food and service has been consistently great! You have to try the Hibachi Chicken and Sesame Chicken - they are awesome!! Plus they have specials everyday which I love!
I also would like to comment on the previous posts which sound crazy and fabricated - I know from experience that a lot of drunk kids would go in there late and cause problems - after all, it is located a few steps away from the ABC store haha! Also, the owners are really nice guys that really care about the restaurant and labor there everyday. I have never heard of them being rude to anyone, but I have seen them regulate out of necessity when drunk and disorderly kids harass their customers, but besides that, I cannot imagine these two nice owners trying to turn away business. I have spoken with them several times and they are humble and have always been appreciative of me and everyone that I bring for patronizing their restaurant.
In all, fantastic food for a cheap price and the owners are hardworking guys that love the place and I always have gotten the impression that they really care about their customers and the way that the business is run.
You just gotta try it!!
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