Akemi Soul Kitchen Review
Based in the charming area Prenzlauer Berg of Kreuzberg is Akemi, Soul Kitchen. It was our last night in Berlin and not having the best culinary experience in this wonderful city, we thought we would stick to our favourite type of cuisine – Asian food. Akemi means bright and beautiful, usually a name given to a Japanese girl.
Apparently Akemi has been around for some time already but last October, after a renovation it reopened its doors and shines in a new light. You cannot talk about Akemi without at least mentioning its gorgeous interior, thoughtfully designed by the talented makeup artist, Miriam Jacks who proves an eye for detail and love for colours. I love the Asian flowers that appear almost everywhere in this restaurant.
Now for the menu, offering a complimentary blend of Japanese, Chinese and Vietnamese food, Akemi was obviously in our good books from the start. There is so much to choose from, at least 5 pages worth of Asian delicacies.
When you’re here I would highly recommend checking out their home-made lemonades. There are four choices to choose from and I went for the Lemon Grass with Limes. This tasted incredible, fresh and fruity just as you want it to be.
To start we opted for the miso soup and the summer spring rolls with chicken. The rolls are a revelations, so fresh and teamed with the peanut sauce just made this the perfect starter. This is something I am looking to make when I am back home.
For mains we ordered the ‘Sushi Lovers’ platter which included Sake, & Tai Ebi Nigiri, Maki Sake, California maki, California IO, Toronto Roll. This was beautifully presented and it was probably some of the best sushi I have ever had. If you do not want the entire platter, I would order the Toronto Rolls which is a combination of Salmon, avocado, cream cheese, cucumber and leeks – by far my favourite on the plate.
To accompany the sushi we ordered the beef bowl which was huge! This consisted of marinated beef, fried rice noodles and salt with herbs. This was incredibly moorish and the noodles paired with the beef wonderfully. Going back, I would just take this bowl as my main.
I have to be honest, we ordered way too much and suffered from a little food coma afterwards but the meal was totally worth it. All the dishes were presented like small pieces of food art which you know I love (check out my Instagram for more!). Each dish tasted wonderful and the restaurant itself is gorgeous – the perfect romantic date spot.
The meal was also fantastic value for €€€ at just under €60 for two starters, a sharing sushi plate, a beef bowl, a beer and lemonade. Amazing.
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