Akari is a small and unpretentious Japanese restaurant in Uhlenhorst, Hamburg. It is operated by a Japanese family and is one of the very few authentic classics in town. The restaurant has about ten tables and very few seats at the sushi bar. As the sushi kitchen is very secluded, sitting at the bar is not as much of an interesting experience as in other restaurants, so table seating is fine.
The dinner started out with some grilled maguro (bluefin tuna back), which was a little dry for my taste. However, the sashimi plate was excellent and a nice mix of maguro (bluefin tuna back), sake (salmon), suzuki (sea bass), aji (mackerel) and tako (octopus). I especially enjoyed the aji, which is one of my favourites. As a last dish, I decided for a unagi (freshwater eel) nigiri plate, which was also excellent.
Sushi Guide Verdict
Akari is a very cozy restaurant with little attention to a thought through interior design. It has a warm atmosphere but could use a makeover either with a more modern or timeless furnishing. The menu options are good but limited compared to other options in Hamburg. The quality and taste of the fish is very good. The drink menu is limited as well, with only few options of beer, wine and sake. The service was nice and friendly but remained distant. Overall it felt a little anonymous and I left soon after finishing the dinner.
Revied date: August 21, 2018