An evening’s light meal called for a trip to Cambridge’s waterside Aki-Teri, wherein a variety of oriental dishes are served. Seated immediately, we ordered a bottle of Keate’s Drift sauvignon blanc, from South Africa, to keep us going whilst we perused the menu.
My dining companion picked the Panko Honey Prawn, Panko Chicken, and Tofu. The first two, breaded and deep fried, were served with a lemony mayonaise. Intriguingly, the prawns were somehow flattened out before cooking. The tofu, also breaded, was served with what I found a rather bland sauce. I took the sushi route:Â Ebi Tempura Maki, Sake Temaki, Tamago Sushi and promptly arrived tempura prawns, in rice rolls, salmon in a rice wrapped in seaweed, and egg sushi. All were delicous, especially with ginger and wasabi, but the prawn was amazing. Battered whole prawn had been sliced into sections, and each piece was wrapped in seaweed, rolled into a chunk with rice, then coated with sesame seeds. The combination of sticky rice and crispy fish was amazing.
The salmon was somewhat disappointing, as was the tofu: the latter was bland and flavourless. I did, however, discover the solution to this: to douse a little chilli oil over the tofu before eating. The oil was fantastically warm, and not too spicy on the after-taste, but with an amazing hot kick in the middle. And the meal was cheap, too, less than Â£40 with a bottle of wine for two.