By: Lorrie Ward | Category: Other | Issue: July 2012
Quinton Wong and Chef Huy Huynh invite you to Akira Sushi Bar in Owasso.
When Quinton Wong and Chef Huy Huynh decided to open a sushi bar, they considered Tulsa as a possible location. After all, they had worked together at Fuji Restaurant in Tulsa for 10 years. But when they saw that Tulsa had plenty of sushi bars already, they looked to outlying communities and decided that Owasso was the perfect place for Akira Sushi Bar.
“Many people in the Owasso and Rogers County area were driving all the way to Tulsa for sushi,” says Wong. “And we liked Owasso – it is a nice, family-oriented community.” To show support for its new hometown, Akira Sushi Bar has already focused on several local charities and causes, such as “Turn Owasso Pink” for breast cancer research and the Garden Festival (to raise scholarship money). “We believe in community involvement,” says Wong. “It is our way of giving back.”
Akira Sushi Bar opened its doors in February of 2012, and Wong and Chef Huynh would like to welcome both those who love sushi already and those who want to try it for the first time to visit Akira Sushi Bar at 9455 N. Owasso Expy., Ste. E and experience the relaxed, contemporary atmosphere and expertly prepared cuisine. “Expertly prepared” are two especially important words when it comes to sushi, according to Chef Huynh. “Most people don’t know that there are many levels of quality when it comes to purchasing fish,” says Huynh, who has been making sushi since 2000. “And since our customers are consuming raw fish, we really focus our attention on quality.” In addition to fish quality, Chef Huynh adds that good sushi is also about presentation. “We pay attention to detail,” he says. “We want to make the food look as good as it tastes.”
Along with a wide variety of sushi choices, Akira Sushi Bar’s large menu includes appetizers, salads, soups, and cooked chicken, steak and seafood. A quick lunch menu is available for those in a hurry, and sushi party trays are also available.
Those who dine in will enjoy a comfortable, cozy and clean atmosphere, with seating available in a quiet booth area, a more social open arena, or the sushi bar itself, where they can watch a game on the overhead television or observe as Chef Huynh and staff prepare their order.
Chef Huynh has no problem with being watched as he makes the food. “People find it interesting to watch,” he says. “And it motivates even better and cleaner techniques.” Wine, saki and beer are on hand at the bar, and Akira Sushi Bar will soon be serving cocktail style drinks as well. Wong and Huynh encourage people to visit the website at www.akirasushibars.com to view a more extensive menu, and they have asked customers to find them on Facebook for daily specials and happy hours.
Even if you have seen the extensive menu, Wong and Chef Huynh want you to know you are still never locked into previously planned choices. “Customers can come in and visit with the chef and have us put together what they want. Don’t be afraid to be creative.”
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