Asakusa is located across from Metrotown Centre.
Food was pretty solid. The tempura tasted more like fish and chips than japanese tempura. Offputting but not actually bad tasting.
Service not great but I was generally happy until the end when they cleared the table and we waited forever for them to ask us how it was or if we wanted anything else, or we wondered when we might get the bill. Nothing every happened, we figured out I guess you have to pay up front. A mark off for that, and while it may be a small thing, I'll probably never come back because I don't like to have to line up like a sheep to pay for my meal when there are so many other places where I don't have to do that. I'm sure this is fine for more people though.
I'd almost give it 5 stars for value as the meals are decent, cheap, and portions large. We couldn't even quite finish our basic lunches. I would have given 5 stars if the service was better.
Ambiance isn't much, pretty simple hole in the wall, biggest issue is it's just a bunch of tables crammed together in a room.
It's not all bad though, it's just a simple basic place to get a good meal for cheap. Can't really fault it for what it is, just not my favourite type of place to go to. I certainly would rather go here than Sushi Garden, which is a gong show and served me bad food. For me I'll not eat Sushi anywhere near metrotown though as I think most of the sushi restaurants in this area are not very good for one reason or another. I would have found this one decent if service was just a bit better.
After moving to Burnaby we tried really hard finding a decent sushi place, but sad to say realized they dont exist in North Burnaby, so we had to travel south to metrotown area.
The service at asakusa is quick and polite, the food is consistent in terms of quality and quantity, and the prices are fair as well. This is definitely the top sushi place in Burnaby, we always go there at least once a week...
All around this place is good. It's so close to the Sushi Garden, it could be a Sushi Garden alternative.
I got there early, but the place was packed by 6:30. In my opinion, I think the sushi is better than Sushi Garden, but the price is about the same.
The service was quite outstanding. They had a smile and was quite attentive. The prices are very reasonable.
It was a horrible experience! Bad service and a bit old sashimi! I don't recommend it at all! The only server in the store saw me was standing at the front door and she didn't try to say hi or whatever to me. After I found a seat that face to the window by myself, she didn't even try to give me the menu! I came towards her and asked for the menu at the end. Because of the sunlight, I asked her if I could change the seat. She replied me impatiently:" just wait!" I ordered sashimi for 1 and prawns tempura. I only ate half of the sashimi because I can see they were old. The prawns tempura was ok but used too much flour. I only paid 10% tips cause I felt there was no service at all! By the time I paid my bill, I gave the pos machine to her and told her "thank you". She didn't said anything back to me!
I just moved here and have been going to Asakusa for about two months. Usually I order the Sushi Combo 5 (3 nigiri and an alaska roll) and I've always been pretty satisfied with it. However, if I ever order the Dinner Combo's which have the teriyaki on sprouts and tempura vegetables, it is never good. The sprouts are always soggy, as is the tempura. Each time we've gone there, the quality of the Dinner Specials has gone downhill.
Good thing about this place is that the portions are a good size (nigiri is always a fair size/thickness) and I can get full off of $7 of food.
The waitresses are always very nice, but I think it has to do with whoever's cooking that day when it comes down to the quality of the food.
I decided to give this restaurant a try, to see if it would be worth it to take a couple of kids there. I walked in, and as soon as I entered the restaurant, I was greeted by the employees behind the sushi bar. The restaurant is small and cramped, with little ambiance, but I find that this is common for most small sushi restaurants. I was seated promptly, and was given a menu along with a cup of tea. I decided to try the Spicy Salmon Don and a miso soup. At about this time, three more tables filled up with people and each new group that walked into the restaurant were greeted by the staff.
The miso soup was brought as soon as I ordered, and it was tasty, but about the same as most other sushi restaurants. Then the salmon don was brought. The bowl was average in size, but I thought that the food was beautifully presented. The salmon was covered with a special sauce that was spicy (but not too hot). Under the salmon sashimi was a good amount of shredded daikon and then the rice. The rice was proper spiced sushi rice and was great with the sauce and sashimi. I found the staff to be attentive and pleasant and had no problems getting my tea refilled.
I then saw a plate of sashimi being delivered to the table next to mine. I thought that the sashimi was a beautiful piece of art and was informed that it was Sashimi for two. The amount of fish on the plate was plentiful, and I could see myself ordering this if I am able to return with friends.
All in all a good experience and I will be back.
so i always order take out from here and 9/10 the food is great. there will be that one time where the salmon isn't as fresh. the portions plus $ you pay for it is definetely a steal to me. i never had a problem with service so no complaints. the ambience...i don't really care for this but i will say that the place looks crammed and is overall too tiny. overall i strongly recommend this place.
Two of us went for dinner on a Wed nitght. Got there at 6:30 and was half full. It is small - maybe 40 seats with 5 bar seats by the chef station and another 5 facing the street. Orders came within 15 minutes. The price to portion ratio is just above average. The dragonfly roll was pretty good. So were the spicy tuna sashimi and the spicy scallop roll. But the baked oyster was disappointing. The cheese sauce and the filling were quite tasty. But the oyster itself has no taste. The soft shell crab was soggy and the smallest I've ever had. By 7pm, it was filling up and with only 2 waitresses, the service went downhill. They forgot our order of bbq salmon head and belly which was slightly over-cooked. But it was so crispy I could eat some of the bones like crackers. And I quite liked the sauce that came with it. Overall, I would come back but likely as a backup to Sushi Garden.
This past Wed was 34 degrees, so we decided to go out for dinner to escape the heat. We first went to Metrotown mall and wanted to try out a new Japanese restaurant by the same owners as Aji Toro. We didn't want their all you can eat section, so we went to their ramen side. While we waited for our table, a little girl had a bleeding nose and had to walk out of the restaurant to cool off. The ramen kitchen was right at the front so it added to the heat. As soon as we were seated, my 8 yr old son complained of the heat, so we left the restaurant before the server gave us the menus.
We decided to go across Kingsway and try out Asakusa Sushi restaurant. I was hoping they have good air conditioning. When we walked in, it was nice and cool, so we sat down and wanted some sushi. We ordered salmon sashimi, which was fresh and of large size. We had the Mexican roll, consisting of tuna and avocado and it was all right. We had a Vancouver roll and it was very good. The best item was the deep fried salmon head and belly, which was fresh and quite a big size. It was not overcooked, so it was moist and tasty. This restaurant is not owned by Japanese and neither are the cooks, but the food was good even though it lacked the authentic Japanese taste. We heard the staff speaking Vietnamese.
The service was attentive and fast. There were 2 waitresses and they were fast and courteous.
The value was very good, as our dinner came to $32 for the 3 of us before tax and tips.
The ambiance really had no Japanese decor, but the most important thing that hot day was that they had air conditioning.
I've been it this restaurant many times. This restaurant runs by Vietnamese but the food is very good. Sushi is fresh and hot food is well made. You can actually order lunch special in dinner time. Service were acceptable. A good place to eat if you don't want to spend a lot.
Me and my bf decided to check out this little hidden place and were not disappointed. Unlike many Japanese restaurants, this one has a fast service, although they did forget to bring one of the items that we've ordered.
Sahsimi, miso soup, and sushi rolls were all excellent. Very fresh, generous, and tasty. Will definitely go back.
Surprised at most of glowing reviews as this place being a Sushi Garden alternative, I thought I'd give it a try after driving by seeing yet again the big lineups at Sushi garden.
I was suspicious and reluctant to go here, knowing that cook/staff is Vietnamese and almost there were NO asians eating here.
To make a long story short, I should have trusted my gut feeling. Sushi was not horrible, but not even close to being good, and most of all not even close to being authentic Japanese and would not come back again.
Chefs just couldnt' help to "vietnamese" the sushi....big, big, big, rolls cut different sizes, not authentic ingredients, and my sushi tray came with "substitute fish"....I thought I was back in Hakata Sushi (read my review) or Samurai on Cambie.
Even my hot saki arrived just warm....they probably even dont' have an authentic saki warmer and just nuked it for me.
People giving this 4-5 stars is confusing quantity with quality. T&T has better sushi.
There are positives about this place, good, fast service, ingredients mostly fresh and no waits with easier parking out front.
Sushi garden has big lineups for a reason...and still the Sushi champ of Burnaby.
During my visit here, I ordered the Dragonfly roll and the Rainbow roll. Both rolls were filling, as they are quite big, and the sashimi on the rainbow roll were fresh. Although their prices have gone up, still a great value. Service was curt, quick and attentive, nothing special. The interior is small, so when it gets busy, it tends to be a bit crammed. Hockey games are usually shown on the T.V's, so it's definitely an alternative when the pubs are full and one feels the craving for sushi.
Was not impressed with the sushi here. Just marginally better than AYCE places. Also, there was a weird chemically cleaning product smell in the restaurant and that really put me off. The yam sushi I ordered tasted greasy. I think the tempura oil needs to be changed. Maybe I came on an off day. The portion sizes look big and this place seems popular, but I don't think I would come back. Too many other great places in the city.
I know for a fact that the cooks and most of the workers are Vietnamese but they do a great job at making Japanese food. I been coming here forever and I am so happy to have found this small great place. The service is always great even though at time there is one server but she always dose a great job in manning the restaurant and being a server myself I do not understand how she dose it. I have not been to many sushi joints in Burnaby but out of the few ones I have been to nothing compares to the food here. I highly recommend this restaurant and do not be shy to get the lunch special at dinner they always let me change the California rolls to BC rolls there the best in town crispy inside and soft outside.
Maybe it's true .. all good things do come to an end? Have been going here regularly for months, but in the last two visits there has been a noticeable decline in ambiance and service. Food is still decent, although the sashimi is not as good as it has been. Service is generally poor, and staff there are hardly accommodating in that they'll force a couple (2) to sit where they want you too, often that tiny table by the door or the bar along the window, even if there are larger tables open. We will probably continue to eat here if in the Metrotown area, but more than likely spread our business around.
I come here almost every week for dinner. It's great! The food is always good - hot, fresh and tasty. The prices are low and the platters huge! Remember to try out the Avocado and Cheese sushi - it's amazing!
If you like a sushi place that is simple (no special service, no fancy dishes etc), cheap, and has great food...this is for you. The service isn't great, and it can great quite crowded sometimes, but it's worth the wait. I'm vegetarian, so there's not that many options, but the vegetarian food they have is good too.
This place probably rates as one of the best Sushi restaurant in Burnaby for me. The place is very small and cramp, but I never had any trouble getting a table. Keep in mind, I always eat out in a group of about 4-6 people. The waitresses are very pleasant and attentive. They were quick to take our order when we were ready and refill our tea when needed. Their menu does not contain that many special rolls but the sashimi there are HUGE!!!
So big that my friends and I always had to split them in half with our chopsticks before we ate them.
Try the BBQ Oyster. So good!
I've been to Asakusa many times and was generally my go-to sushi place but stopped going about a year ago because I was so turned off by their service. You ask for water, the server comes back with tea. They forget your pop and still charge you for it. The lighting in the restaurant is full-on, yet it is impossible to make eye contact with your server. These admittedly are minor quirks but one day I had just had it, and stopped going for about a year.
Well, I returned recently to see that things haven't really changed however I'm not sure if it's because of a lack of training or lack of actual staffing (the back end is very crowded at times).
Asakusa has great sushi - fresh, tasty, good portions. The 'other stuff' (teriyaki, tempura) is done really well too. It is a popular place. Just don't expect fine-dining service.
It's a really small place, I wouldn't say it's a nice place to sit down and eat but they get a lot of take out orders. The service isn't that good, the waitresses never smile or ask to refill tea.
However, the food is awesome. The sushi offers a huge piece of fish on top of the rice (bigger than the plate you put soy sauce in)!
The sashimi is fresh and for you salmon sashimi lovers, the pieces are cut to about 2cm or so (very thick and delicious) for a great price of $5/5 pieces.