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Jan 3, 2009 10:03 AM

Aki, Holborn, London

A somewhat rustic gobo kinpira - simmered burdock root with carrot, sweeten soy sauce, sesame and a hint of chilli.

I like the takoyaki - very lightly crisp on the surface, beneath that a soft, gooey-ness that finishes with a chunk of octopus whose tenderness varied slightly from piece to piece. The usual dressing of bonito flakes and mayo.

The chicken meatball, tsukune, was decent, but not as refined as the version at Kikuchi.

Had a soft spot for the aki special, a sushi of grilled mackeral (nice level of intrinsic oilyness in the fish, good flavour), pressed into good rice (ever so slightly sweet and vinegary) -- somewhat like the kansai-style pressed sushi, molded into a block and then sliced.

Dorayaki, puffy small pancakes sandwiching sweet red bean/adzuki paste and chestnut, was likeable but not out of this world.

On the whole a pleasant and satisfying experience even if not the absolute best of its kind.

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  1. Thanks for the report Limster. How much was the takoyaki and the whole meal? I've been meaning to go to Aki for a while now. Have you been to Asakusa?

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    1. re: Ibrahim.Salha

      I can't remember the's been a while, I'm estimating £20 and under, but it won't hold up in court. :)

      Haven't been to Asakusa and been dying to go (lots of friends have recommended it).

      1. re: limster

        Sounds reasonable, thanks limster!

        Try and make it to Asakusa if you have time, it's my favourite Japanese place in London. The unagi is particularly good, as is the Asakusa salad.

        1. re: Ibrahim.Salha

          Great - will have to go soon! Question re: unagi - is that's the sushi version, or on rice (as in an unaju)? Or are they equally good and it doesn't matter which one to get?

          1. re: limster

            The unagi nigiri is as good as the eel by itself, not on rice, but I think you can get it as part of a set (Bento box sort of thing) with rice, miso soup and a side of pickles. Possibly the priciest thing on the menu but it is totally worth it, in my opinion.

            1. re: Ibrahim.Salha

              Many thanks - will have to go for that soon!

    2. I LOVE Aki. its my fave japanese in the whole of London. Havent tried Tosa or Asakusa though.