Saturday, October 08, 2011

Dim Sum @ Aki Teri, Cambridge

One of my favourite Cambridge restaurants has just got better! I am a huge fan of Teri Aki and Aki Teri, and I do miss the days when I used to live about 2 minutes away. They're not cheap but they are reasonable, and the noodles and sushi are consistently good.

Aki Teri is the most recent of the two, a mirror image of Teri Aki and, like most younger siblings, has struggled to find its identity for a while. They tried to do a slightly different menu and had a karaoke room for a while, but I think they ended up short-staffed and closed it down for a few months. It then did a stint as a cocktail bar but really, who want cocktails when you can have noodles and sushi next door?

Recently, it changed its menu considerably, and now does Chinese food instead. I've only had a brief look at the menu but I'm keen to return to try the hotpots. On weekends, between 12-4, you can get a dim sum buffet for £12. And it's good.


We were advised against wasting when we sat down - apparently, they will charge you for any leftovers but presumably that's only if you take the piss. In any case, it makes you think about what you grab from the buffet a bit more.


I loved the cold noodles with Szechuan sauce, salty and spicy although I couldn't tell you what was in there. Had a few portions of them. I also had a silly number of gyozas, both in spicy soup (which was a bit bland on the flavour front, just spicy) and pot-sticker style ones. I particularly like the latter, with the contrast in textures between the crispy bottom and the soft, chewy top being quite addictive.


I braved it and tried chicken feet but wasn't too keen. I found them a bit slimy but the taste wasn't bad.


Sticky rice wrapped in lotus leaves was good, although I was slightly disappointed that the filling was chicken and mushrooms rather than chinese sausage.


There were a lot of steamed pork and prawn dumplings, pork buns, and some rather lovely glazed sticky buns with some kind of chicken filling. Rice rolls were good but I would have preferred them pan-fried. And custard buns were a good way to end the meal. We were also offered a little pot of either black sesame or green tea ice cream. Good times. Basically, go.

Teri-Aki & Aki-Teri
6-8 Quayside 
Cambridge
CB5 8AB

2 comments:

  1. Looks good, i love a bit of dimsum. Charlie Chans is quite good too and similarly priced.

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  2. We had a party booked for 12pm, we've just sat down when the manager came and said that we've only got 1.5hr to eat. We had to wait 0.5hr before the food is ready. After the initial serving the bar is nearly always empty, the food only worth £6 per head and there was no ice-cream. After the bill was paid and also gave tips, we scanned through the menu again and spotted down the middle of menu in bold print 'You have 2hrs to eat'. Normally I don't give reviews but I am very disappointed. Don't go there.

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