For sushi made with equal parts perfection and soul, check out Akai Hana in Upper Arlington. This minimalist venue serves traditional Japanese hot and cold plates, sushi, and Korean dishes. The vegetable tempura is lightly battered to give it a delightful airy texture. For the more adventurous, the ‘Spicy Crispy Shrimp’ features whole shrimp sautéed with hot pepper, jalapeños, snow peas, and a yellowtail jaw, which is then salted and grilled. Ramen bowls and meat and fish entrees are also available. The real draw at Akai Hana is the sushi. Made with the freshest ingredients, the specialty rolls are sensational. Be sure to try the ‘Spicy Scallop Roll’ made with scallops, mayo, and chili pepper, and in a strange twist, baked and served hot.
1173 Old Henderson Rd, Columbus, OH, (614) 451-5411