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If you like your Japanese fare tailored to Western palates and served in substantial portions, Akira Bistro is for you. Vegetable tempura is fried in a bold batter thick enough to handle fish and chips, while cucumber and seaweed salad comes bathed in a tangy dressing. A series of special maki—named for nearby towns or with wordplays, like pay roll, bank roll, and honor roll—are the focus of the sushi menu. The Alamo roll, spicy scallop inside, cool hamachi outside, presented a delicate balance of flavors while the smooth avocado, chewy gyoza, and crispy shrimp tempura in the Shogun roll were a trio of well-matched textures. After savoring the warm tempura-fried green tea ice cream, sit back and admire the restaurant’s sleek decor and creative lighs shaded by paper lanterns and parasols. Lunch and dinner daily.
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