The original owners of Akashi on Harshman Rd. are back with a raw vengeance, literally. Their newest restaurant, Ariake Sushi Bar is a great spot, raw or hot !
Eat it raw you say? Great Sushi, or fully cooked Japanese specialties you say? Hot Soups? That’s right up our exotic food alley! Hungry Jax, Big Ragu and Chef House never miss a chance for good Food Adventure. Expert Chefs and cooks, giving you an authentic taste of Japan.
The restaurant is nestled into a small strip mall across from the Dayton Mall near Prestige Plaza. Ariake is starting to gain a loyal following and is a fun place to explore the bounds of your tastebuds. Originally suggested to us by Hungry Jax’s friend Parker, we dove in, mouth first. After several return visits, we knew this was a perfect subject for one of our highlight articles.
So here you go, another little secret spot off the beaten path….
HERE’S THE SKINNY:
— The owner is a wonderful lady named Miko Whigham, who along with Chef Sasaki provide a warm, inviting atmosphere with fresh, quality food and prompt service.
— Ariake Sushi Bar is located at 59 Fiesta Lane in Miamisburg , and are open
TUE – FRI 11am-2pm, 4pm-10pm
SAT noon – 10pm
SUN noon – 10pm
— Ariake’s specialty is a full Japanese sushi menu of raw sushi rolls, cooked sushi rolls, nigiri (raw fish on rice), and sashimi (raw fish, no rice). They put the chef’s personality on display with a few original creations like the “University of Dayton roll.”— Don’t like sushi? There are plenty of other options for you freaks. Meal sized noodle soups, Chicken Katsu (fried chicken), Bento Boxes of non-sushi options, and fried Tempura vegetables are just some of the alternate food choices.
— If you and a friend are in for sushi, we suggest siting at the sushi bar for an intimate experience, and great conversation with the sushi chef. If you are in a group of 3 or more, hit the comfortable dining room instead.
Now, drum roll please, after many visits and trying most of the huge menu, here are our patented “Must Eats” at Ariake !
MUST EATS – COOKED:
— SALMON BELLY: Not what you think. This was a couple of filets of salmon, grilled with the skin attached. Perfectly seasoned, slightly crunchy from the charring and delicious. Chef House deemed this as one of her favorites and we agree wholeheartedly.
— SQUID SALAD with SEAWEED: Here is where you trust us… Food Adventure time…. take a leap of faith, listen to your mouth and not your mind on this one. Amazing flavor and one of our favorite things that all 3 of us raved about. We don’t even know what the name for it is on the menu. We have been there so many times, they brought it out as a complimentary treat from the kitchen. It is one of the best things we have eaten at Ariake.
— OCTOPUS SALAD aka “TAKO SALAD”: Yes they call it “Tako Salad,” but is is nothing like taco salad. Sliced, poached octopus slices in a creamy, spicy mayo sauce. It is wild, it might seem weird. But it is one of those dishes you say “Wow, that’s really good.” Go ahead.. go on a Food Adventure.
— THE GODZILLA ROLL: This is pretty much a deep fried Philadelphia roll, of salmon and cream cheese, with some spicy mayo, and green onion toppings. This is one of Hungry Jax’s favorite menu items.
— CURRY UDON NOODLE SOUP: A meal sized bowl, it is perfect for warming up your winter blues. Homemade noodles, spun in-house, make this a one-of-a-kind delicacy like no other. And ohhhh man the broth, is tremendous.
— CHICKEN TERIYAKI BENTO BOX: Pockets of love on your dinner dish. It is like a tour of Japan on your plate. From Hibachi Teriyaki Chicken to Tempura Vegetables and Seaweed Salad, this one is a winner.
— KANI HAND ROLL: Just 99 cents and comes with cooked imitation crab, zucchini, and rice, all wrapped in rice paper like a mini bugle. A hell of a deal, thanks to our friend Jason for pointing this out.
Fried calamari appetizer- You know it’s good when even the kids devour it
Okinawa Soba – Noodle soup with spare ribs on top, perfect in cold weather
MUST EATS – RAW:
— THE DAYTON ROLL: One of the most hardcore, meaty rolls we have ever eaten. Covered in raw ahi tuna, this roll is filling and frighteningly addicting. This was the Big Ragu’s favorite item.
— SPICY TUNA ROLL: Simple, spicy and full of flavor. We think Ariake really shines on any item where the main ingredient is Ahi tuna. Call it their “specialty.”
— SEA URCHIN NIGIRI: Chopped, tossed in spicy sauce, and wrapped in rice paper. This is the best way we have ever eaten sea urchin.
— UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON ROLL: A huge triangular roll that we have never seen anything like before. With blue and red fish roe, over the white rice and raw tuna, salmon and yellowtail with avocado. They try to get the university colors, except for the yellow rice paper outside of the roll. This is the biggest sushi roll we have ever seen. Lots of rice, lots of good roe…
— ARIAKE ROLL: Part raw, part cooked. Tempura Shrimp inside, Raw Salmon on top, makes this a colorful roll with sauces splashed on top. Delicious and filling.
— DINNER FOR 2 (SERVED IN WOODEN BOAT): It has raw and cooked items but is a masterpiece of fun. It is what Food Adventures are made of… from sliced beef, to cooked ngiri, and raw sashimi, this is for people with intermediate sushi experience.
We have been here a lot…. so much that they use our Food Adventure photos on their website… so much that our friends have been married at the owners previous restaurant. We have a fun relationship with the owners and appreciate their great food.
Give this locally owned restaurant a try!
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