Did you know that Akira Hibachi and Sushi, a terrific Japanese restaurant in Solon, has a birthday club? Sounds like something for kids but this is definitely aimed at adult sake sippers, sushi lovers and fans of udon and edamame. You must go there in person to sign up. Once you’re in the club, owners Hank and Anna Saito will mark your special date every year by mailing you a gift certificate during your birthday month for $15 off your next dinner. This is one present you definitely won’t want to return, and in my opinion the savings add an extra bit of pleasure to the whole cake and candle thing.
It’s a lovely place, just right for a celebration, but casual and affordable enough to be an anytime destination. I have enjoyed every bite of every meal I’ve ever had here and the artful presentation of the food makes it is as beautiful as it is good.
The restaurant does not have a website. Here’s what you need to know: 6025 Kruse Drive (in a shopping center), 440-349-6850. Open seven days a week.