Akasaka is a Japanese and Korean restaurant in Surrey serving sushi.
I'm surprised time and time again that one need not go far in search of good food. I've passed by Akasaka multiple times and have been meaning to try it- finally went in when they sent me a coupon and invitation to put my name in for a free sushi draw. $500 in free sushi? I'm in!
The menu at Akasaka offers a wide range of options - a mix in style between Japanese bistro and traditional fare. I appreciate the innovative take on some of their specialty rolls and appetizers. We tried the salmon tataki salad,French Kiss Roll and Jazz Roll. All were well prepared, fresh and tasty. Particularly, the French Kiss roll was one of the best fried rolls that I ever had. It was fried perfectly, with the right amount of crispiness while still giving the rice a nice chewy texture. The filling was not affected by the frying and still fresh.
As for service - we used one of the coupons but left the flyer and the remaining second coupon on the counter after paying. The server ran after us outside into the rain to give us the flyer back "for next time".
Will be back.
My family have always lived in Vancouver and love eating out. Sushi is one of my favorites so when we had to move to Surrey for business I was upset to be so far away from all my favorite restaurants. A friend recommended us to Akasaka and were pleasantly impressed. Everything is fresh and their sauces are unique. Some of our favorites are Ebi Mayo, Queen's Roll, Popcorn Scallop, Scallop Salad, Sockeye Salmon Sashimi. Pretty much any or their specialty rolls are good. Service is friendly however, they are not too good when it comes to large parties, had some mistakes on our orders but then again most restaurants will get that once and awhile.
My wife and I rarely take the opportunity to eat around the Surrey area, even though we both work there. On a Friday night after work, we decided to give Akasaka a try based on the good reviews. The restaurant certainly lives up to the hype!
We were seated promptly when we arrived. We were there quite early, around 5pm, and there were only a few tables with guests.
The menu had the standard fare, with the addition of many special rolls. As we hadn't tried Akasaka before we opted for some more standard items as the special rolls are quite pricey ($7-10 each!)
We ordered a Favourite combo (California roll, BC roll and Dynamite roll), a Spicy Tuna roll, and Toro Nigiri, Saba Nigiri, and Atlantic Salmon Nigiri.
All the items were pretty standard sizes, but wow, everything was very fresh! The tempura in the dynamite roll was crisp and warm. All the raw fish was sweet and fresh. We liked the fact they added some teriyaki sauce to the BC rolls, as not all places do, making them more moist. Overall, excellent quality, presentation and freshness!
Service was excellent as well. The waitresses were friendly, and efficient.
Now onto price. Prices are a little on the higher side here, but it's balanced out with the quality of the food and the service. Given the prices I wouldn't say this would be a regular place to eat, but certainly a nice place to bring family or friends if you want a quality meal.
Overall we will definitely come back given the chance.
This place has changed owners and names numerous times. It's that japanese restaurant right beside Oriental buffet. I thought it wasn't that great, but when I went once, I kept going back.
Their sashimi is very fresh, big in portion and vary in variety. Their rolls are funky and very filling. I love how their sunomono is so much bigger than other restaurants. My favourites here are the Crispy Roll, Power of Love Roll, Ahi Tuna Sashimi, Ebi Mayo, and Agedashi Tofu.
The best deal here is the Sashimi Boat Combo B, which includes 20 different appetizers, a HUGE sashimi boat accompanied with a spicy hot pot with rice for 100. It says it's for 3 people usually, but I was stuffed when I came with 5 people. A very generous portion indeed.
Their restaurants have tables and rooms. Ask for rooms as they are quieter and the service is actually better there because there are more rooms than tables.
Try it, and you'll love it.
A great sushi restaurant in Surrey?! Wow I didn't think it could happen.
We've been to Akasaka a few times now and brought friends. This place really is a hidden gem beside Guildford mall. Their rolls are nothing short of spectacular. The tiger roll and crispy roll are two of my favorites. The presentation of the rolls is always great, and how do you beat sauce that's deep fried?
They also serve some korean dishes, and we had their bul-go-gi. I found it to be really good! The place seems to be run by Korean people, so maybe that's why.
Service was exceptional. You can choose to sit at tables or in private tatami rooms. The waitresses don't speak perfect English, but they're very friendly, polite, and helpful.
If you live in Surrey (or even if you don't), you have to give this place a try!
I have been to this place few times already and they do have really good lunch combo with variety of sashimi and tempura and sushi and special item of the day from the kitchen.. But my fav of all time is their oyster motoyaki! wow..sooo good.! they have this really yummy sauce so creamy and tasty sizzled right on top of the oyster and it soaked beautifully with steam rice! Service needs some work on as in if they smile a bit more then it really brighten up the whole place!
For Mother's Day, we had reservations for a large group (over 10) and arrived on time. There seemed to be confusion with the number of people we said we had and took some time to sort out. I think they were trying to put us into a smaller table. Got seated and it took literally 5-10mins for tea to arrive. It wasn't overly busy at that time but we knew that it would get busy soon and that the true measure of a good restaurant is how they handle crowds. Let me tell you, this restaurant FAILED!
Because we had 3 families at the table, various orders were put through. Pretty pricey compared to other well known Japanese restaurants. Some had dinner combos (sushi, chicken, gyozas, tempura) and then some ordered bento boxes and appies. It was odd that the sushi came out lightning quick. I'm guessing that all the sushi was pre-made ahead of time - efficient but is it really fresh? The food tasted pretty good. The big concern was that although the sushi boats, appies and even the chicken terriyaki came, where were the other dinners for the ones that ordered the boxes? We asked about 3 times and were told that the restaurant was very busy. Ok, thanks. But, don't you normally try to serve everyone food at the same time and NOT 30mins in between? Most of the food was already finished while some were just wanting some food. Even those that ordered the dinner combos had to wait for their tempura (which came after the main dish of chicken terriyaki).
So, the experience receiving the food wasn't great. Too bad because the food was actually decent.
THAT wasn't the bad part. About 1hr 15mins from when we sat down, waiting for our tea, waiting for all the food to arrive, the bill was dropped on our table. Also, waiting numerous times to get tea re-filled too. I think that the people who had the bento dinners, they only got 20mins of eating time! There was no asking for drink orders and no mention about ordering dessert. It was basically, GET OUT because our next reservations were arriving soon. It literally came out of the lady's (assuming Manager/Owner) mouth that they needed the table for the next reservation.
SO.... thank you for a delicious meal but cruddy and rude service. WE WILL NOT RETURN and take our business to places that appreciate people.
This was one of my top sushi places in surrey to go to (it's great for going for a movie right after, or taking a walk in green timbers), but one day i decided to order take out, and alaska roll and salmon sashimi.
So this costing 17 dollars, i figured it would be what i ordered. but when i looked at the bill it said "smoked salmon roll and salmon sashimi", now as most sushi lovers know alaska roll is essentially raw salmon and california roll. when i inquired about this (i HATE cooked salmon) they acted defensive and refused to fix it/discount it. so they lost a very loyal customer
I must confess it has been many years since I last visited this spot. At the time it was called Shoji, who has since retired. It had a very good reputation, doing a brisk lunch business.
Today there are many Sushi restaurants to choose from in Surrey. This is certainly one of the larger and has the added advantage of the private tatami style rooms for dining.
We ate there recently on a busy Friday night but were almost immediately seated. service was prompt, and the food very good indeed. I would recommend this to anyone who has never dined in the more tradational tatami style.
I visited this restaurant with a tour group. Our water was not refilled. Needing some water at the end of the meal to take some medicine, I asked. The reply I got shocked and humiliated me: "Go to the bathroom. It's the same water." it was quite unpleasant to be treated so discourteously.
I work in Surrey so i've been to a number of restaurants in Surrey. Akasaka is by far my #1 spot, it is roomy, clean, ample free parking in front of the restaurant, and attentive servers. Food is awesome, always fresh and lots of variety. There are a number of rooms (have to take off your shoes) and numerous tables for you to choose from. I not only tried sushi, i also tried their Korean dish, it was good, comes with 5 side-dishes like all the traditional korean restaurants do.
Definitely a great place for jap / korean food.
Just went for lunch here after reading other reviews and was very happy with it. Newly renovated, the place looks very nice inside and out, service was fast and good, the food was very fresh and the portions were the perfect size. Excellent gomae - one of the best I've had. The fish was very fresh and two of us were pleasantly stuffed for $30. Will be back for sure!
This is an excellent place to take guests to show them some of the best sushi Vancouver has to offer. Great portions, slightly elevated prices, but entirely worth it! Lots of tatami rooms so you don't have to sit in general population if you don't want to. Worth it!
I ordered a few rolls tonight and they are all good. Boston Roll and Rainbow Roll were awesome; Volcano Roll and Vegas Roll were good. My 1st Salmon sashimi is great but the 2nd round is so-so. Tempura is just OK and you can forget it. I had the Chicken Don and Chicken yakisoba for the kid and both were decent. The portion is just average. The price is.., well, it’s not run by Jap; I think it is slightly higher. The restaurant seems clean and organized. This restaurant used to have very good service but not tonight. Not enough setting, 1 cup for 2 medium sake, no share bowl for kids (Don and yakisoba), I have to ask several times in order to get my needs. It’s not a busy night and they have a few waitress. Service was the only dent tonight.
The first time we tried this restaurant was when we first moved to the area about 15 years. There weren't too many Japanese restaurants around in Surrey at that time. We were very impressed with the food and the service back then. Kind of forgot about it but went back not too long ago and was very impressed that they had not lost their touch. The food was great and certainly within the top few Japanese restaurants in Surrey.
I have had the good fortune of having a lot of Japanese friends who have taken my out to some really great sushi places, so I know great sushi when I have it. The food was outstanding, the service was great and the ambiance was awesome. My Boyfriend and I decided to check out this place since it's right across from the movie theater in Guildford. We were so happy with the food. It costs a little more than some sushi places but well worth it and the portions are a good size. I will be telling all my friends. It made our day.
They have specials with a little bit of fish (I am talking a tiny piece) that sits raw atop of a lot of rice (not Greek amount but bigger than the fish) and that is it. You get to put soy sauce on it at every table and station. They have cooked food as well.
well i suppose this is authentic and all but I am not a fanatic for Japanese food. The japanese waiters and chefs are not very attentive and slow in bringing second and third dishes. The decoration is cheap and mainly pictures from Japan.
toilet only average clean which is normal in oriental restos.
Every time I go to an Asian restaurant, I notice that almost 98% of the time, the staff is the worst kind you will ever come across. They’re rude, they’re snotty, they don’t give a damn. They drop off your food and when you ask for something, they’re always so impatient about something. Sure, the food is delicious but even if I tip, that money isn’t even going to the chefs.
Akasaka is different. My family and I have been going to this restaurant for YEARS and they have never let us down. The specialty sushis are out of this world. Whoever decided to put crab meat and cream cheese in a sushi AND deep fry it is a bloody genuis. The gyouza’s are definitely to die for. These are a MUST for appetizers. The complimentary dipping sauces are great too. The tempuras are also worth the buy and they come in huge portions. I’ve never had salami in my life but my dad likes them very much. You must also try the Aspharagus and Bacon with teriyaki sauce. Those are genius. Hands down, genius. The udon noodles are a bit blad but after some salt and chili, they’re quite good. Make sure to give the mango ice cream a try after your meal too!! The BBQ & Sushi combo are great for huge group. I always get the chicken bulbogie (or however you spell it) and it is absolutely amazing.
The serving staff are very kind, patient and are always ready to serve you with a smile. They are mostly older women (not seniors; just not teenagers) but recently they have some new addition to their team and they are a bit younger. Nevertheless, they carry out the similar attitudes and excellent customer service as their higher-ups.
Upon entrance to the restaurant, not only will the serving/host staff greet you but so will the chefs working behind the sushi bar! And then again on your way out! There are tables in the restaurant as well as private tatami rooms that can hold up to 10 people (but I believe they are more!) and each tatami room are separated by a sliding door. Also, there are bells on each table that you can ring if you need something from the staff and they usually reply right away (again with a smile each time!).
I never hesitate to give a 15% tip at this place, sometimes even more! A lot of their menu items are, unfortunately, a bit overpriced but I personally don’t care because they’re always worth my money. If I could, I would come to this place every weekend. They never once let me down. Great job, Akasaka. God forbid you ever close down without my knowledge while I’m in Burnaby!
My husband and I big time sushi lovers and usually go out once a week night for it. We have tried numerous places (from downtown Vancouver to Langley) and Akasaka is one of our favourite places to eat sushi at. Its great food at a reasonable price. Their specialty rolls are great. Their crazy boy roll rocks!! We go here on a weekly basis and their service and food have been consistently good. I have taken family members there as well and they all love going there now. Parking can be an issue at times as they are packed every night!!!
My husband and I love it! He isn't much a fan of Japanese but he like it here! HUGE menu with lots of different things to try. Plenty of choices for vegetarians as well.
Try their crispy rolls...AWESOME!
Get there early as they fill up quickly. People know this is a good place to go for Japanese. I don't think you can make reservations either!
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