Asa offers Japanese take-out and eat-in.
After reading all the good reviews I just happened to be driving by and figured what the heck. Am I glad I did. Ordered a bunch of takeout and it was great. Sushi is sushi but sometimes the things that make some places better than others is the minor stuff. I like my rolls cut into 8 pieces and not to be over laden with rice. The rolls here are perfectly held together and bite size. Enough of those other places that do 6 pieces with rice falling all over the place. I shall return.
This is definitely a take-out restaurant to try if you desire sushi for a great price.
The sushi is tasty and most of the rolls are bigger than ones you would find at other restaurants so you would get a lot more for less money. The sashimi is fresh and are also given in large amounts.
The service is normal for a take-out restaurant so there is not much to say about that. I am not expecting 5-star service in a small place like this. It appears to be run by a family.
As mentioned, the cost is more than reasonable and they have many deals and combos to choose from.
It is basically perfect for regularly dropping by and grabbing some sushi on your way home. However, if you're looking for an special night out in a dine in restaurant with excellent service, this is probably not the best place for you.
A little hole in the wall place run by a Japanese couple. Great for take outs! The "restaurant" only sits about a dozen people or so. Items are well priced, fresh and delicious. My first visit, I ordered the BC Salmon Roll and was a bit sceptical when they put a sauce on it. But since then I was hooked! I love their roll that has tamago and ungai in one, topped with the same sauce and what taste like fried onion flakes. Whatever it is, it was so delicious. I visit at least once a week! They don't have much else, is if you're looking for terriyaki or gyozas etc. this isn't the place for you, but if you're looking for good quality, then make sure you give it a try.
I tried one of the sushi combos from this small "hole-in-the-wall" restaurant and found the fish to be fresh and they actualy use real seasoned sushi rice (most sushi restaurants use plain rice). The place is pretty tiny and so I did the take-out and when I finally did eat the pieces they were still warm and tasted absolutely wonderful. Will definitely be back to try more of the combo meals.
Near the corner of Rumble and Royal Oak Ave in south Burnaby is the fantastic little Japanese take-out, Asa Sushi. This is one of those little hole in the wall locations that serves very good quality sushi and sashimi. The restaurant is tucked into one of those non-descript mini-strip malls that is dominated by the 7-11 store.
The Asa Special offers two California or two BC rolls for $5 or you can choose to have two Dynamite rolls for $7. The rolls are full-size and truly delicious. I have also tried a number of their sushi and roll combos and been very pleased. The sashimi and individual sushi they make is of very good quality and size.
On one wall inside the restaurant are photos of the many creative rolls they offer; we have tried a number of them and have always been very pleased with the quality and taste.
There are a couple of tables inside and some seats at the sushi bar but I see this restaurant as a great place to get take-out for a quick and healthy snack.
I've been getting take-out sushi from Asa for over 2 years now and have always enjoyed their food, but things seem to be going downhill lately.
I'm not sure what the problem is, there are still a lot of customers and the place is busy, but it's like they've lost their flair for the sushi they're making.
As another reviewer noted, the BC rolls, which used to have freshly grilled salmon with the skin are now cold and use processed (canned) salmon. Some of the fancier rolls also seem to be slipping in quality and presentation. They don't have any hot food on the menu (except for Miso soup), which wasn't the case when they first started (they had beef and chicken rolls).
I believe one of the original owners may have moved on, and I'm not sure if the remaining chef can hold the quality high on his own. As much as I've enjoyed their food, if the quality continues to slip, I'm going to have to look elsewhere for my sushi.
Don't ever sacrifice quality for cost - if you need to raise prices in order to keep the quality high, do so. I may patronize restaurants less frequently if the price goes up, but if the quality drops, I won't go there at all...
I usually come here around lunch time because my school is only a mere half a block away from it. This quaint little place is crowded especially at lunch, however, that doesn't stop people from dropping by. Now, personal experience, I know that they're udon is okay, and their chopped scallop roll is alright. However, their Salmon rolls are amazing! They consist of still warm rice and a healthy helping of salmon. I can say the same for their tuna rolls, avocado rolls, and basically any other rolls of the likes.
Though I think they only offer this during lunch time during school days, they do have chicken teriyaki rice. And only a limited number per day too.
I'm not a big fan of sesame seeds, but mmmmm.... they're teriyaki is just as good as their sushi.
I probably will continue to return here until I graduate.... =)
I was house sitting for my parents and pulled out the take out menu's to find some sushi. I picked Asa Sushi because it was snowing heavily and it was a short walk up the hill. I ordered over the phone and picked up my food 30 mins later. When entering the restaurant I noticed a strong warm fishy oder. ew! I ordered Gomae, Miso Soup, a BC Roll, a California Roll, and a Dynamite Roll. I arived and payed for my order, around 25$, and it was ready. The man behind the counter then fetched me my miso soup out of a crock pot behind the counter that seemed to be almost empty. When I arived home I opend up my gomae to find a very small portion. I could fit it into a table spoon. After my appy I went onto eat the miso soup... which tasted just like it cost 1$. As for the rolls... even after walking my food home in sub zero temperatures my sushi was quite warm, above room temperatue. My California Roll was average, Dynamite Roll OK but have had way better, and my BC Roll Was not very good at all... I believe it was made from canned salmon. I've never had canned salmon in sushi before. I was very tured off. The place is small, smells bad and the food was barely eatable.
Although i have had ASA sushi, i would not eat it if i had other sushi choices. I personally find there sushi not to be authentic, if you have noticed, their tuna roles are a bit to large for me. And if you don't catch them at a busy time, they don't seem to put much effort into it. They have some good deals though. Thats what lured me there, the prices. For 5$ you can get 6pc tuna roll, 6pc salmon roll,and 6pc cucumber roll. Or 2 BC rolls which are quite tasty, or 2 California rolls, which could be better, but are still not bad. For 2$ more you can get 2 delicious dynamite rolls, which could possibly be one of the best dishes there. Or even if you have $2.50 in loose change, you can get some Teri Salmon Tri, which is a fun little riceball with smoked salmon in the middle. A good deal. My conclusion is that this place is good if you want a tasty snack or a good deal, but if you want some mighty tasty sushi, go to the kimi sushi up the block.