Restaurant Aki, formerly on Makaloa Street near Ala Moana, relocated to a new home on Kaimuki's 11th Avenue. The large izakaya menu is intact, with emphasis on solid yakitori skewers, sushi, small dishes and oden. However, it's their signature nabe hot pots that steal the show, especially the towering tantan nabe, with streaky pork belly, ground pork, tofu and a medley of mushrooms. The nutty sesame and soy milk broth thickens as it boils over the open flame and releases a mild, porky aroma. Its name, tantan, comes from its Szechuan origins, but you'll need to add some chili powders if you plan to kick it up a notch.
Reservations are recommended for dinner.
1137 11th Ave
462-6267 (text or call)
Tues - Sun 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 5 - 10 p.m.