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.