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Japanese Fusion

The ingredients read like a fine steakhouse menu: seared beef tenderloin with avocado, cream cheese and spicy, marinated, fried onions.

The only difference — this mouth-watering meal isn’t found at one of Hampton Roads’ finest steak restaurants, but at an award-winning sushi restaurant in downtown Suffolk — Sushi Aka. And the meal described above is not served simply on a plate, but prepared in a sushi roll with a delectable chili aioli sauce drizzled about. When ordering, simply ask for the Cowboy Crisp.

Michael Hart

Celebrating its fourth anniversary in October, Sushi Aka has made a name for itself for fine sushi, outstanding flair and a pair of chefs with a style all their own.

“Just because you live in Suffolk doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the world,” Chef Michael Hart said.

Hart and Adam Edwards work magic each evening, serving hundreds of customers both inside the restaurant and out. Hart admits he has helped some clients out by ordering fish for their kitchens at home.

“If someone wants to do sushi themselves, that’s fine,” Hart said. “But just make sure you start with the best, freshest fish possible.”

For those who want to enjoy award-winning, fresh sushi and have an up-close view as Hart prepares it, Sushi Aka, located on West Washington Street in Suffolk, is open Tuesday through Thursday for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday for dinner from 5 to 9:30 p.m. and Friday through Sunday for dinner from 5 to 10 p.m.