Asakusa is located across from Metrotown Centre.
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.
Now i used to go to all the buffets in burnaby pigging out eating more than needed lol but than i got tired of the weak taste and tried out a few other sushi spots to which i cant remember but anyways my mom told me about this place and let me tell ya it is tha bomb! No where i've been can you find a place that offers pieces of a roll that size up to my moms palm. Now not only do you get large quantities here and amazingly fresh taste but you walk away with a smile on your face knowing that your meal cost less than 9 dollars. I recommend the dynamite and anything with salmon, shrimp and avocados....i just dont recommend the tuna. Now i'm not a dining critique much but that tuna tasted kind of watery compared to all the other fish for some reason so if thats what tuna's supposed to taste like than go for it regardless you shouldnt miss out on this one.
I eat here sometimes up to three times per week. The sashimi is always very fresh and very reasonably priced. The service is good too. My friend is a health inspector and has suggested that it is a favourite for the inspectors because it is very clean and fresh. I would certainly recommend this place as a casual sushi restaurant.
I have been there few times and the food is great, the sushi is huge but the service is not very nice, i also agree with someone else saying that the waitresses are never smile. I went there at 2:00 pm and everybody finished lunch, it's quiet at that time, i ordered a Vegetable Tempura, she said yes okay but later came out with a Prawn Tempura. The place is small but nice and clean and i think the tables are putting too close to another, no privacy.
I visited with my daughter on Friday lunch since the sushi garden was full. Tuna sashimi was big pieces and not red color rather looks like albacore or toro (fatty tuna) but there's not much taste so not very good for me. At least it seems fresh. Rolls are decent but not the best. I don't complain with the amount, price and service. Much better than Seattle area. I feel I would come again if the sushi garden is full.
As per title, usually there isn't much of a line up, so you can sit down right away instead of the long line up at Sushi Garden. The food is not as good as Sushi Garden however, but close.
I usually get one of their sashimi combo that comes with 4 or 5 pieces of sashimi plus a roll of sushi. Their friendly staff lets you change the sashimi (either salmon or tuna) depending on your taste.
They also have lunch specials for you to order at dinner time. If you get the lunch combo that comes with tempura and cali rolls, ask them to give you tempura souce and no terriyaki souce on tempura, unless you like to eat tempura with terriyaki souce.
If you're looking for a casual, unfussy Japanese Restaurant this is it. The decor or ambiance isn't better than any other mom and pop run place but what will keep you coming back are the mouthwatering meals. THE best place for your money and your tastebuds! The Dragonfly Roll is beyond words... melt in your mouth unagi!