This is pretty much the ONLY place I'll go to if I'm craving for some fusion rushi rolls. They have tons to choose from and they are all equally delicious! And there's lots of pictures to see. Been going there for 2+yrs and their food has been consistent but not their service. Their service is slack and I always hear them chatting in Chinese all the time. We never get our tea refilled until we asked and we didn't get any plates to eat the sushi rolls with. I just think they should use their time to serve us better esp we're paying a more than average price for their sushi. I definitely recommend this place for the yummy food but don't expect to be treated like a valued customer.
I would rate it high for "convenience" (I live in the area), but the sushi, sashimi, and soups just did not impress me.
Although their salmon sashimi was made with wild salmon, it didn't look as pink or firm as other wild salmon that I've had. Also, their seaweed is tough and stringy, which makes it difficult to eat (again, better seaweed at other restaurants I've been to). And the udon soups were so bland and I found the quality of their udon noodles not as good as others.
Service was decent, but the food was not worth the price in my opinion.
Asa Sushi in Kerrisdale is a great casual little sushi restaurant. The open air, cool and comfortable atmosphere makes for a relaxing meal in a nice ambience. Food is good. Roll pieces are the perfect bite-size and packed full of high quality ingrediants. No artificial crab here! The combos are excellent, and you get a lot of food for your money here. Service was very quick, and I have found that even when busy the service is friendly and fast. A great little restaurant that will keep me coming back for more.
I tried Asa Sushi for the first time yesterday even though I've lived in the area for a couple of years. I usually patron another Japanese restaurant in the neighborhood, but decided to try something different. The selection of rolls is very extensive with many of the rolls being slight variations of each other. The rest of the menu offers standard Japanese fare.
We ordered a specialty roll, salmon sashimi (wild), ika kaarage and oden udon soup. Both the specialty roll and salmon sashimi were very nice and pleasing. The ika kaarage was really small and I would never order it again, especially compared to a place like Toshi where the ika kaarage is similar in price but substantially better. Finally, the oden udon was mediocre and not memorable. Overall, the food was satisfying and in the future I would only order the rolls and sashimi again.
The service is really, really, really crappy, some of the worst I've had at a Japanese restaurant. There is only one server so the restaurant is understaffed in the service department even though there are multiple sushi chefs. It takes awhile to be acknowledged and given tea. Food that is ready to be served may linger at the sushi bar for awhile since the lone server has to do everything including receiving take out orders, which seemed to occur regularly. The dirty/empty dishes were not cleared at all and we had to stack them ourselves to make room for other dishes. Tea is only refilled if you ask. The service at the other Japanese restaurant I frequent in Kerrisdale is vastly superior, but I will return to Asa because the prices are better.
We went here a few weeks back for a late lunch. The sushi and tempura were fine (especially for the price), but the service was really lacking. Our waitress didn't seem to have any English at all....not only that, she didn't understand when we asked for Saki. We wanted to add to our order later, but had trouble getting any service even though it's a very small space and 3-4 servers were standing around. Will probably try another of the many sushi places in Kerrisdale.
We had dinner there last Friday (September 14, 2007) and the food and service were great. Although the restaurant was very busy, the staff were attentive and the food came quickly. We got good value for good food.
I like ASA best of all the Kerrisdale Sushit places (currently 5 or 6 to choose from). The food is fresh and always tasty (in a good way). The agadashi tofu is the best I've tasted in the city. The service is spotty - you have to be really persistent to get a refill of tea. It's great for take out, though - no delays.
THe sushi is decent here but don't get the cucumber, tuna or salmon rolls here because the two times I got this combo, the seaweed was sticky and the fish off tasting- signs that they premake these. Surprisingly, the cooked food is not bad- the udon noodles are glossy and smooth-like (fresh) and the tempura is good. Prices are reasonable.
CLEAN THE FLOORS!
I live in Kerrisdale and I walk up and down 41st every day - Asa is an okay restaurant that is just fine if you want a bowl of tempura udon or a quick dynamite roll. The service is okay, sometimes poor but they are friendly enough. The biggest problem I have with this place is how dirty the floor is. Always. That has got to be an indicator of how clean the rest of the restaurant is. I just wish the City of Vancouver would get it together and implement some sort of cleanliness regimen like the City of Los Angeles has done - nobody down there will eat at a restaurant unless they have an 'A' hanging in their window. Way too many restaurants in this town are filthy. I think I'm going to start speaking up and telling the owners how I feel about the cleanliness of their restaurants and I would really like my fellow dinehere members to join me. We don't have to be aggressive or unkind about it - I just don't think its too much to ask that our food is prepared and served in a clean environment. cheers.
Kerrisdale is a black hole for decent restaurants still and this place is a rare exception from the norm. The standard sushi fare is just that but the special rolls can be good, interesting, or in the case of the Crazy Boy roll, sublime. This is a superb warm roll with a homemade/invented sauce that is simple and excellent, in either its hot or regular modes.
Service is harried/disorganized but it's got a sense of ownership to it from the kitchen forward...best thing to do is to order takeout and then go to Chesire Cheese for a pint of Guinness while you wait.
I used to work in this Kerrisdale area for a few years, and had a chance to sample extensively the food offerings nearby. Eventually it came to be Asa's turn.
In truth, I am of two minds about the place. On the one hand, I think (most) of the food is good. I am no sushi expert, but both nigiri and rolls are adequate. It is run and staffed by Japanese people (mostly), but I do not see that reflected in the customer demographics, maybe because of the residential locale.
On the other hand, the service is terrible and the overall decor and ambiance lacking. Unlike some other reviewers, I like the open "garage door" style window during summer, and almost always seat myself at the window bar.
I particularly like the beef udon soup, it has the right balance of things I like, and tastes good. The rolls, nigiri and sashimi comes in generous portions, but not too big.
But there are many service related downsides. It often takes a while to be acknowledged when you walk in, the chef sometimes has to yell at the staff to pay attention. Return visits to check up are very rare. I have never received a soy sauce dish, and even the udon seasoning is hit and miss, I usually have to ask for it. Clean up and bill, very rare too, but that may have something to do with my sitting at the bar.
One of their strengths/excuses could have been lower prices, and indeed the prices were reasonable, but a couple months ago they raised them 10-20% across the board, and there are at least 3 other sushi options as good or better in close proximity.
They really need to clamp down on the service and hire staff that know what they are doing, because neither their location nor their prices are setting them apart.
i come here at least twice a week... it's a great casual place to have some lunch or dinner. the sushi was so good -- my favorites are the Crazy boy, Ninja, and Godzilla rolls. i always get the Udon and Agedashi Tofu - the sweet sauce is so good. service isn't great, but they're prompt and food's great.
Wow, that's some bad sushi. I've lived in Kerrisdale for a few years now and had gone to ASA Sushi half a dozen times and, while the sushi was never great, it was passable and a bit less expensive than the other sushi places in the neighbourhood. They have recently done some renovations, have a new website, and a nicely printed take-out menu by the front door. I wondered if they were under new management so I thought I'd give them another try. I ordered some Agedashi tofu (lightly battered deep fried tofu in dashi broth) and a tuna and salmon don (rice bowl). The tofu was hard and crunchy and the dashi was simply watered down soy sauce. There were a ton of diced green onions and some shredded nori in the dashi but it did nothing to improve the flavour or texture of the dish. The rice in the don bowl wasn't sushi rice – it was a long grain rice with the flavour you'd expect from Uncle Ben's. The fish wasn't fresh – the tuna had no flavour, a dull sheen and a rubbery texture, the salmon was inedible. In fact, I'm not even sure it was salmon. For $20 (including tax) there was no value in my meal as I had to throw a lot of it out. A very disappointing experience.
I like this place! I've been going there since one of my friends suggested this restaurant. I specially like Dynamite rolls and Dragon rolls, i mean i don't know why many negative comments are out there... anyway, i thought it was really good tho the taste and everything. But!! the server was sometimes not so nice because there's one time I went there with my mom(kinda long ago),I ordered Dragon rolls as usual but i guess the waitress misheard what i said, she took me a wrong dish. Then, i asked her to changed it ,instead she explained but still it sounded like somehow it was my fault mispronounced the name. I was a little bit upset about the fact that she talked back,however; foods are good ,completely satisfied.:D
I placed an order for delivery at Asa Sushi in the late afternoon when the restaurant was completely empty. The lady on the phone said it would take about 30 minutes. I pre-paid. Big mistake. I called back every 30 minutes for the next 2hours and tried to cancel the order but she kept saying that the food will be there soon and hung up on me. I eventually drove to the restaurant myself to pick up the food. The restaurant was busy by this time and my order had not even been processed yet. I couldn't believe it. I had to wait outside for 15 minutes. The rolls were butchered and the sushi and sashimi were warm and mushy. This was the worst delivery/ take out experience that I have ever had. Lousy service and lousy food.
We eat Japanese food quite a bit and wanted to try this place. We went for dinner and ordered 5 different rolls to try(salmon, tuna, california, cannack's, gozilla). The california roll fell apart easily and was tasteless. Very stingy amount of avocado. The salmon and tuna rolls were just okay. The cannack and gozilla rolls had this sweet soy sauce on it and it were way too sweet. Sushi should not be sweet! Also, you don't get miso soup or even tea at this place, just tap water (not even with ice cubes) in extremely cheap-looking colourful plastic cups that looked pretty old. I thought it was kinda gross.
Service was bad. Neither of us liked the waitress. We signaled for her to come wrap our food up and give us our bill, and she came over, got distracted by other things and had her head turned away, then she walked away! This place can get busy because of the location, but given the choices we have in this city, we would never eat there again.
I have had the opportunity to dine here many times and the reviews seen on this site seem to hold true: the food is solid value but be prepared to accept mediocre to poor service.
On one of the occasions, I asked the waitress if one of the dishes could be modified to accomodate my son's food allergy. I even offered to pay extra for the bother. The waitress took my inquiry to the chef who angrily denied my request. I actually witnessed him yelling at the waitress who then came back, flushed and embarrassed, to explain that she would ask him again once he calmed down (!). (It worked out in the end when he finally acquiesced... )
My six-year old didn't know exactly what was happening but sensed the tension.
The food itself is quite palatable and represents good value. The sushi is far from the best this city has to offer but this place is a fine drop-in for a quick fix if you can overlook the service issues.
I originally chose this place as it was crowded at 6pm on a Monday so thought I would be good. However, the sushi was really bad, it was dry and tasteless, falling apart before I even could pick it up with my chopsticks. Also, the service was really poor, I had to motion a few times for the servers to come to me (for soy sauce bowl, tea etc) - I hate doing that! Unfortunately I wouldn't return! The one redeeming feature was its price - it is very cheap sushi so you don't feel so bad wasting that amount of money!
We ordered a "crazy roll" which supposedly is a combination of spicy tuna, salmon and tobiko. Well my roll only had tuna and when I pointed this out, the waitress went to the kitchen and came back to tell me that the chefs said the menu was wrong. I told her that the reason I got the roll was to have the variety, not for plain tuna, especially for 8$ per roll. She went back to the kitchen and then came out wt some masago sprinkled on top. I told her that this was not tobiko but masago (a very much cheaper version of the fish roe). She then took it back and then brought it out with some tobiko on top. Honestly, the chefs should have either remade the roll of me as described in the menu, OR they should have at least put real tobiko on my roll and not tried to substitute it wt something cheaper in case i wouldn't notice.
As well, the restaurant was very cold. It seemed as though they were too cheap to even turn on the heat.
One thing though...our waitress was pretty nice and the food wasn't horrible. But the lying and trying to cut corners is bad enough for me never to go back there again.
Went to Asa last month (Aug 2008) just for their "creative rolls" and I must say the food is great but the servers there really need to brush up their floor-cleaning skills.... It's not dirty but you just don't feel right! Excellent sushi for taking-out for sure and if you want to try something different, this is the place to go!!