cheap Japanese food: Akagi Restaurant in San Bruno

Broiled mackerel, steak teriaki, sashimi, soup, salad & rice: $8.95!
Broiled mackerel, steak teriyaki, sashimi, soup, salad & rice: $8.95!

I never thought to write about this place because we go so often, and I assumed that everyone already knew about it. It’s not much to look at, and it certainly isn’t the finest Japanese food I’ve ever eaten, but the service is friendly, the prices are downright cheap, and if you order the right things, the food is actually pretty good. When you factor in the portion/quality/price ratio, this has got to be considered a true junkfoodie kind of place. It’s almost always crowded, and you’ll probably hear more Spanish spoken by the staff than Japanese, but we still go a few times a month because it never fails to satisfy. Look at the picture above, and you’ll see the Deluxe Combination dinner for $8.95. Miso soup with seaweed, salad (iceberg lettuce with a few carrot shreds, and miso dressing), rice and takuan come with each dinner. The regular combinations are $7.95, and allow you to choose two entree items. I almost always choose the three items: sashimi, beef teriyaki and broiled salted mackerel. The sashimi was sparkling fresh, the beef is actually a small steak, medium rare (you have to request medium rare), and the mackerel was perfectly cooked and pleasantly oily. The other items aren’t bad, but the tempura is hit or miss for me depending on who’s cooking, and the tonkatsu is sometime overcooked. I’ve tried every entree choice on the menu, but I usually stick with the three I mentioned above.

The place is very kid friendly, and you’ll see loads of families, especially on the weekend. The kid’s teriyaki dinner includes a salad, rice, a decent portion of teriyaki chicken, some vegetable tempura, and a few pieces of surimi and a piece of tamago for only $3.50!
The sushi can be suprisingly good, just ask what’s fresh. Great prices, very friendly service and satisfying Japanese food in a hole in the wall= one of my go-to favorites. It’s hard to find, located on a small street parallel to El Camino Real.
Akagi Restaurant 713 Camino Plz. San Bruno, CA 94066

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