With outposts in Moorestown, Voorhees, and Collingswood, Akira is one of New Jersey's go-to spots for sushi, noodles, and grilled hibachi meals. Chefs behind the sushi bar expertly assemble rice, fresh fish, and vegetables into maki rolls and hand rolls, while their counterparts behind the hibachi grill put on a performance for diners by searing meats and seafood. The hibachi side of the restaurant gets lively with conversation and jumping flames, making it a festive venue for group dinners and pyromancer parties.
Sofia Karakasidou drew on recipes from her childhood in Thessaloniki to open her Zagat-rated restaurant Kuzina by Sofia. Her second venture, Kuzina Express, brings a more casual take on fresh Mediterranean cuisine to the Moorestown Mall food court. Karakasidou imports many traditional menu items, such as moussaka and housemade dolmades, from her flagship restaurant. But she gives other classics modern twists, stuffing pita burgers with spicy bifteki patties and crowning flatbread pizzas with gyro meat, crumbled feta, and tzatziki sauce. She cooks with fresh, local ingredients when possible, preparing for the winter by freezing enough farmers to provide fresh produce until spring.
For more than 35 years, Sea-Lect Seafood has curated an ample selection of fresh wild Alaskan salmon, sushi-grade tuna, wild-caught shrimp, and other sea-caught treasures. Each day, the staff crowds a case with crab cakes and prepares other foods—homemade soups and creamy chowders—to be savored at home. At the Maple Shade location, chefs craft hot dishes for diners who devour steaming meals in the cozy dining space rather than at home to avoid offending the family goldfish.Owner George Gladden first started working at Sea-Lect Seafood at the age of 15 as a dishwasher, then climbed his way to the top through his love of cooking fresh seafood, desire to please customers, and ability to speak lobster.