Sasaya is an Asian bistro offering both Taiwanese and Korean cuisine.
It's always comfortable to have a hotpot on a cold evening. The soup in the seafood hotpot tastes pretty good, but the seafood is extremely overcooked, may be a sign that the ingredients are not the freshest. The presentation also looks nothing like the giant pictures they put on their windows :):). The value is decent - not expensive, but at the same time, portion is quite small. Ambiance is nice and clean, a huge improvement from the previous restaurants at the same location.
The tofu hot pot trend is catching on like a bad cold. Although I think most of these places tastes the same, I like going to Sasaya because they offer a little more selection. If you're not in the mood for the tofu hotpot, which I don't normally get because of seafood allergies, they have other goodies on their menu like crispy chicken on rice. They also serve bubbletea drinks which I was a little iffy on trying, but I'm glad I did because they make them good!
Try to avoid lunch hour crowds because this restaurant is less than a block away from a highschool and can get pretty busy around the noon hour.
I have had lunch here a few times. Their food is pretty decent at a low price. I usually have some sort of crispy chicken or fish on rice, or their hotpot and bbq combo. Prices range from $5 to $7 for these items. I found their bubble tea drinks decent but not great.
Service is usually quite fast and attentive, and the food comes out within 5 to 10 minutes. Food here is quite consistent, so I come here for a quick bite to eat sometimes.
This has got to be the best seafood kimchi hotpot I've ever tried - and I've tried probably around three places in Vancouver. I love their flavoring. It's kind of sweet and mixed with spicy. Mild spicy can be requested. The hotpot comes with squid, tofu, egg, kimchi, bean thread, prawns (yes more than one!), and marinated pork. I think that's everything. It may or may not be authentic but it's really good. I wouldn't go for their appetizers though their yam fries are alright if you're into yam fries with an asian twist. They use a different kind of seasoning that's kind of sweet tasting. Must try! Decent price for what you get!
This is one of the restaurant in our regular rotation after our games. Good bubble tea, very good individual hot pot, nice selection of tasty appertizers, and consistently new items on the menu.
Food are very consistent in this place. They always taste the same. The hot pot and the bbq plates come promptly. However, be prepare to wait for some of their special items on the menu such as the green onion chicken. But the waitresses there will always inform you after you've ordered that the wait time for your dish is roughly about 20 mins so you won't be caught off guard and waiting cluelessly.
This seems very similar to Han Ju Hotpot, a taiwanese style of hotpot with korean influences.
I ordered the bbq and hotpot combo, very spicy. It was good but I don't think I would go out of my way to eat here as Han Ju is closer to where I live. It does have the combo option which HJ doesn't offer and fits the bill when you want a little of everything. Price is very reasonable.
I miss the free banchans provided in the typical korean restaurant and hate having to pay extra for side dishes.
Tried Sasaya last night - similar style to many small Asian bubble-tea/cafes. The food was inexpensive and was fairly quickly prepared. The quality was good, given the price, and it wasn't so busy that it felt overcrowded (although the tables are pretty close together).
The only complaint I have is that their drink menu is $1 to $2 more expensive then I would expect for drinks (slushes, bubble tea, milk tea, etc). What you save on food, tends to be made up in drink prices. If you just want a coke or something, that's probably preferable. That's the only thing keeping it from rating as "outstanding" value.
They seemed to be having some sort of air conditioning problem, so it was slightly uncomfortably warm in the afternoon sun (granted, this isn't a problem most of the time in Vancouver). Also note: Like many Asian cafes, this one is also cash-only.
I wouldn't recommend the korean mixed rice though(bibimbap). The sauce is just weird tasting which essentially makes the entire thing taste funny and the kimchi has a sour off taste. Also, the "bowl" they use is more like a black hot plate with no sides, which makes mixing without dropping stuff outside more of a challenge.
HOWEVER, I really love this place for their noodles, especially the seafood one. Somehow, they make the beef loaded with pepper which also makes the soup extra tasty too! I would recommend trying their milk tea bbt which tastes different from other places like Bubble World because they use green tea.
Just don't expect much about the service, in terms of how fast the food comes. There is a wait even if there are only two or three other tables. Drinks come relatively fast however.
This place has been one of my favourite for a couple of years already. I love their rice dishes and kimchi hotpot. Quality has been always consistent. One little compliant is sometimes it took them around 15-20 minutes to get the food out.
Just hoping that they could maintain the quality and won't jack up the price anytime soon.