Hacienda Heights, CA 91745
Akasaka is located in the middle of a residential area in Hacienda Heights, seemingly out of place for a Japanese restaurant. But, don’t let that fool you. This place has been around for over 40 years. It’s best known for its HUGE chirashi bowl (one order serves 2-3 people), which has all sorts of seafood and fish. All of the menu item portions are pretty generous too. Just a warning, their sushi rolls are 3 times the size of regular sushi rolls.
Food is always consistent. Service is pretty great and fast. Make a reservation, if you can, otherwise sometimes the wait could be horrendous. Parking wise, Akasaka does have a small adjacent parking lot. Once that’s full, there’s usually lots of street parking available.
Regardless of what you order, everyone at the table is served with a small salad and miso soup.
The famous chirashi bowl – it has spicy tuna, salmon, eel, scallop, uni, albacore tuna, monkfish liver, yellow tail, salmon roe, tobikko, squid, octopus, sweet shrimp, tuna tataki. The sushi rice beneath the mountain of seafood is really yummy too! $38.50 per order
Rainbow roll with tons of fish. $28.50 for 8 pieces and $18 for 4 pieces. This is the 4 pieces order, like I’ve said, the portions are huge! The fish is so fresh and melts in your mouth….
Crunchy roll – with avocado and tempura shrimp. It’s coated with tempura crumbs. Yum! $18 for 8 pieces, $14.50 for 6 pieces
Spider roll – fried soft-shell crab sushi coated with masago. So good! $18 for 8 pieces and $12 for 4 pieces.
Tempura udon – big bowl of udon accompanied by assorted tempura (shrimp, eggplant, italian squash, sweet potato). My friends said this was pretty good! $11
We were there for a birthday. Just when we thought we were done with dinner, the waitress brought out a big cake, on the house! Not sure if they make it in house, but the cake was really moist and tasty. What a great surprise!
We also ended up with some sushi-shaped lollipops, compliments of the house. These are so cute!