Since graduation I basically haven’t updated.. partly because I didn’t have time, and partly because revisiting makes me a little too nostalgic. But I figured now it was time to tie up some loose ends and finish the last couple of posts and officially complete the ‘North Carolina’ part of Jinxi Eats.
Anyway, before this gets too sentimental, let me tell you about my visit to Akai Hana. As you might have noticed this is my second Japanese venture already – I’ve always loved Japanese food, but my buddies and I just didn’t want to spend the money until now, during our last few days in the RTP.
We ordered the age-dashi tofu, a lightly fried tofu with a soy sauce-based dipping sauce, as an appetizer. The tofu’s texture was really good – I enjoyed it more than the hiya-yakko at Waraji (ah, the texture of tofu makes such a difference!). We also ordered the sunomono, as a point of comparison with Waraji. At Akai Hana, the sunomono has imitation crabstick in addition to squid, and the tangy sauce was really delicious.
Finally, I ordered a couple of sushi rolls – my favorite, the eel & cucumber roll, and a spicy tuna roll. The first time, one of the rolls was not what I had ordered, but they quickly corrected the order. The eel roll was really good – not smothered with ‘BBQ sauce’ as most Asian fusion restaurants prepare it. However, I felt that the spicy tuna roll, although prepared with rather fresh tuna, was not as spicy as I’d liked – although I guess more spicy means more mayonnaise and less flavor of the tuna…
All in all, I had a really nice experience there, although like most nice experiences in Japanese restaurants, it came with a price. On Wednesday nights, the dinners are special price – $12.95 for entrees (compared with the usual $15-ish), so if you’re free on a Wednesday evening I’d make a trip to Carrboro and try out this place!