ASA was definitly better when it first opened. The service is kind of.....inconsistent. On some days, they're pretty good, and on others, they just take forever. I don't know if it's just how many people are there, because I usually go in there around the same times.
The chefs working behind the counter are really friendly, but the foods just decent.
Since Dai-ichi closed, this is where I usually go for my Sushi fix in Kerrisdale. I definitely prefer ASA to some of the other Sushi places nearby (there are at least 7 within walking distance from 41st).
I was here last weekend with my b/f, and would most likely not return again. While the selection of sushi rolls was unique, tasty, etc., I found the prices to be a little higher than expected. This is especially true if you order a bento box, but I assume most customers order from their wide selection of rolls, rather than from their bento box selection.
In many places around Vancouver, you can order bento boxes that are cheaper, and tastier. And in that neighbourhood, there are many other Japanese restaurants to choose from, either directly on 41st Ave, or on West Boulevard.
In general, I was more disappointed with the service, than with the prices or food. Service was slow, and it was hard to flag the server down for tea refills and for the bill, then change. With so many other choices in the area, I would go to other places before giving this another try.
A friend of mine introduced me to Asa over a year ago, and it has rapidly become my restaurant of choice for take-out sushi. Seating is quite limited (2 or 3 tables and a large wrap-around sushi bar), so take-out is the main attraction.
I love their spicy tuna rolls, and they make all of the standard rolls very well. Their BC rolls are also very nice and are much higher quality than I usually find at take-out restaurants.
I also frequent Sushi Garden when I'm with friends (and when I don't mind lineups), however I do all my takeout from Asa. The only downside is that they don't do hot food (I love Oyakodon), but it's not a big problem as the sushi more than makes up for it.
Also check out some of their exotic rolls with cheese and other unique ingredients!
I used to go here on a regular basis, but stopped going because I found a new favorite place to go. Irashai, just down the street.
This time around we came here becasue Irashai was too full and we didnt feel like waiting.
My gf ordered a dinner box. Chicken was cold and quite flavorless, the tempura was cold and it looked like the deep fryer was dirty because the batter was quite dark, but it may have just been over cooked. The only good part was the sushi, but even that was just ok.
I ordered a few of their special rolls, Mango roll, Canuck Roll, crazy boy roll, two pieces of salmon and one piece of inari. The rolls were ok, but I found the rice to be quite dry and their sauces were not very tasty.
I went up to pay because we only saw our waitress when she brought the food, she never refilled tea or water. So im standing up there waiting to pay and I get a good look at the kitchen, my god it was filthy, and not just from the days operation, you could see it hadnt had a good cleaning for a long time.
To top it all off both of us got upset tummies!
Never go, its not worth the pain!!!
I have been to this place and I have to admit that the sushi is good. Very traditional style and If I was corrected, it is Korea mix. Some very interesting Maki (Roll). Very Clean (Very important) and feel comfortable eat in. Mainly for take out. The Sushi Chef are very prolite. Recommend!!!
Last night, I decided to get some sushi with my friends while walking down Kerrisdale. A friend of mine suggested that we go to Asa for some tasty rolls. When we got in, we ordered a crazy boy roll, crunch roll, Canucks roll, firecracker roll and two servings of beef teriyaki. While we waited for our order, I got on my phone and searched Asa Kerrisdale. I noticed some bad reviews on the cleanliness of the restaurant and the service. However, as I looked around, I noticed that the floors were pretty clean and a waiter told me that the interior had been renovated recently. The interior actually felt kind of cozy and the service was pretty quick and friendly as well. We didn't really go at a busy time but our food came out quickly and tasted great. The special rolls were all spectacular and the beef teriyaki was fairly tasty as well. So, next time I eat sushi in Kerrisdale, it's going to be at Asa!
I have been going here for years and while the food is great, I never expect much for service. The servers are meek and do not speak English very.... well most of the time, forget items ordered and almost never refill your tea or drinks without having to ask them too!
All that being said, for take out, it's hard to go wrong here! the Sushi is generally extremely fresh, the rolls and special rolls are lager and have great value. i have introduced NUMEROUS people to this place and all go away LOVING the sushi including many hardcore sushi eaters!
Again, don't expect great service if you plan on dining in, but the food is very good and take-out is a GREAT way to enjoy the food without the poor service!
Having been to so many Chinese-owned sushi places around town, it's a breath of fresh air to go to a Japanese restaurant that is owned by Japanese people.
The food was really delicate. I really liked the first page, with all the different and special rolls. They're really creative. I only had the chance to go one time and only tasted one roll, but it was really really good. I would definately go again just to try all their different special rolls.
This is my absolute favourite sushi place because the tuna sashimi is simply succulent, and the tenderness of the avocado roll is stellar. The quality for the price point is unmatched when compared to other sushi places I frequent in my own neighbourhood in the West End.
There are myriad rolls to try, and some of my favourite are the crunchy spicy tuna and the tora tora roll.
The service is horrid though. Even when there are just a few tables occupied, you are hard-pressed to get a tea refill, get your table cleared, or any other normal service you'd expect at a sushi restaurant.
One other beef is that in the summer, they leave all the front windows and the door open, and the noise from the buses is loud and invasive.
Another average sushi place in Kerrisdale. Service is OK. Sushi is OK. The lobster roll and genki roll was quite nice. Did not like the teriyaki chicken - made with chicken breast and found it quite dry. Beef yakisoba is better than Irashai which is down the street from Asa. Would say that it is good value for the food if you are looking for a decent meal without paying too much.
Asa sushi of Kerrisdale has been my favorite sushi place since 2 years ago when I moved into the neighbourhood. After moving else where about a year ago, I've been back several times for those specialty rolls that I love. It is a somewhat small restaurant with an authentic Japanese style (even the waitresses are Japanese, which is not the case in a lot of sushi places in Vancouver). While I'm impressed with the taste of their food, I'm really unimpressed with their service time after time. The most recent visit was for dinner at 6pm on a Sunday. The place with packed with people, the phone was ringing off the hook with take out orders. There were two waitresses working 12 tables, even though it was busy, I still couldn't understand why I needed to ask 3 times for a cup of tea. The sushi took about 45 minutes to come. I had a feeling that they did not put in-store customers orders a priority, instead they made their sushi on a first come, first serve basis, often with large phone-in orders. I suspect the shop owner has a different restaurant running philiosophy from mine. You'd always want to keep your in-store customers happy first, before you attend to the take-out orders. Perhaps the least they could do was to hire another waitress to keep the very minimum of serving tea to their customers.
what i like about this restaurant is their large selection of sushi rolls. i really like the crazy boy roll - it's a california roll with a crispy outer shell and it's cut length wise so, it looks like a little canoe. the mango roll was delicious - the mango was sweet and paired well with the cream cheese and crab meat in the center. this is a good place to try out different variations of rolls.