Akiyama Japanese Cuisine now in Iloilo

By Marie Katherine Villalon

When your local cuisine lands in another place, what is the first thing that comes into your mind?


Inarizushi – exported from Japan, this is a delicious rice sushi wrapped 
in Aburaage tofu pouches

La Paz in Iloilo, is popularly known as the home of the Lapaz Batchoy. Naturally, when restaurants in Manila announce that they, too, serve this dish, an Ilonggo in Manila becomes curious if it is indeed as delicious and hearty as the one we have back home.

Such is the case with Chef Yoshihisa Akiyama, a Japanese who owns a restaurant called “Sushi Izakaya” in Japan. Whenever he and his Filipina wife, Karen, visit the Philippines, they try out many Japanese restaurants. He said he felt bad because Japanese food here is not authentic. “It was merely ‘Japanese food’. It didn’t taste like real Japanese food,” he said.

Tofu Salad – a healthy fare of greens topped with tofu and glazed with tangy sesame dressing

 The desire to make Filipinos experience authentic Japanese food is so strong and genuine that it manifested when Karen’s nephew, Jesmer told them about Iloilo City and The Shops Mall in Amigo where they can open a Japanese restaurant.  Three years later, Akiyama Japanese Cuisine opened its doors to Ilonggos.

“As a Japanese chef, I will make sure that I will provide everyone with authentic Japanese food, with pride and honor,” Chef Akiyama assures.

Tonkatsu – breaded deep-fried pork cuts

 Owned by Jesmer’s wife Ma. Camella Fernandez, the restaurant was actually named after its chef who patiently and carefully fulfils his promise to Ilonggos with every dish he makes. During lunch and dinner, guests can see Chef Akiyama through the glass panels that divide the kitchen and dining hall, while he prepares the sumptuous meal that will soon be served on their tables.

Subuta – the Japanese version for sweet and sour pork

Recommended  Japanese dishes
Akiyama Japanese Cuisine’s dishes vary, from noodles to rice bowls, from sushi to main course, and from salads to baked dishes. Prices range from P70 to P350.

Some must-try dishes are:
Shoyu Ramen – a classic Japanese ramen that has a tangy but light taste, thanks to a soy sauce
called shoyu
Subuta – the Japanese version for sweet and sour pork
Katsudon – a rice bowl dish of deep fried pork and egg
Tonkatsu – breaded deep-fried pork cuts
Tofu Salad – a healthy fare of greens topped with tofu and glazed with tangy sesame dressing
Inarizushi – exported from Japan, this is a delicious rice sushi wrapped in Aburaage tofu pouches
Agedashitofu – tofu is cut into cubes, deep-fried and served hot
Tuna Maguro Steak – marinated and deep fried steak

Snow Frappe

Japanese Dessert
‘Dulse con Yelo’ is a popular dessert sold by vendors here in Iloilo. Akiyama Japanese Cuisine has a better version - “Snow Frappe”. Unlike its local counterpart, Snow Frappe’s shaved ice is soft and gentle on the tongue and the syrup is sweet yet light. It does not taste like medicine! The flavors are Melon, Lemon, Strawberry, Blue Hawaii, Orange and Grapes.

Not yet a fan of Japanese food? Akiyama Japanese Cuisine will make you one. Ggochiso sama deshita.

Contact:
Telephone number: 033 335.4419
 Location: The Shops Mall, Amigo, Iznart Street, Iloilo City


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