Had dinner at Akahana, which opened up recently in the not-so-lucky corner space of a shopping center on Central and The Plaza, in Plaza Midwood.
From the time you walk into the restaurant you can tell it's nothing like any of it's predecessors. Decorated in asian influences, it's sort of calming when you get inside, which I think is key to make people forget the neighborhood they are in, unfortunately. To the left you have what I would call more of a formal dining area, and to the right the bar/lounge and sushi bar. I definitely would recommend sitting in the lounge area, just is a better atmosphere. I'm not sure how it gets late at night, but I could see this being a good spot for Plaza-Midwood locals to meet up and have a couple cocktails in a more sophisticated atmosphere.
The menu is very large, almost too large. Any place with this many options, I am always weary about...If you have so many items on the menu, it tends to be mediocre at best. But so far, so good...Everything I had was great with no issues. With asian inspired cuisine ranging from Chinese to Japanese; Sushi to Thai, I'm pretty sure you can find something that pleases even the pickiest of eaters.
I had started with an appetizer of the crab wontons which came with a nice sweet chile dipping sauce. There were about 8 wontons, pretty good in size, so plenty to share if you're with a few friends. I also ordered two sushi rolls, both were very good and fresh in quality. I had tried a friend's chicken pad thai and it was nicely flavored, not too hot, not too sweet and the portion was enough to feed two easily.
I'm definitely looking to make a trip back, and hope that the plague of this location doesn't affect this attempt at a successful restaurant in that shopping center.