I ordered the hibachi steak (medium) and a couple of appetizers figuring I d go ahead and enjoy it since I was springing for such while by myself. One appetizer came out (cold tempura shrimp) right before the entrée - which was smothered in teriyaki sauce and sesame seeds. I assumed they got the order wrong, since the hibachi shrimp dinner on the table next to me looked normal. I asked if that was the teriyaki steak and not the hibachi since the teriyaki glaze was running off the plate and since I didn t get any white sauce and the table next to me that ordered hibachi did. The waitress said that no, that was hibachi steak. I asked then what is the difference between the teriyaki steak and the hibachi steak aside from over $10 in price, and she was at a loss aside from mumbling something about how they cooked it before she left. I was starving and tried it anyway, and the steak was severely burnt on one side. A few minutes later the edamame came out (cold) that I ordered as an appetizer.
Tried the sushi today. Not impressed. For anyone who is a sushi lover, you can tell the difference between fresh sushi and sushi of questionable quality, and this was definitely questionable. The presentation was decent, but the sushi itself was lukewarm and tasted terrible. I requested green tea, and received a green tea mixture. My wife ordered the Duck and Pork noodles on recommendation from the server and she could not finish it. We are not picky eaters, but this was definitely an experience we do not plan to re-live. We were there right before dinner time and there were only one other group of customers there so there was no excuse for not providing good quality food unless the ingredients were of bad quality.
I've been to many japanese restaurants and I have to say, Asuka is the best Japanese restaurant around town. When I first walked in, I was greeted by the employees. They asked is I wanted to try the hibachi or sushi. My first visit I tried the hibachi. The chef was amazing. He was funny and the performance was excellent. The service was also excellent. They came back often to refill my drink. I really enjoy my experience at Asuka, I find myself going to Asuka atleat once a week now.
I wouldn't recommend Asuka to anyone who is looking for a good friendly costumer service, clean environment, and special dieting needs. My husband and I went there for a dinner. When we get there, it was hard to get a seat for two, so we waited for at least 40 minutes, but that's OK, we understood. Then we finally got our seat, then, here comes the worst part. Before we order our food, my husband asked if they use any soy sauce made from wheat or barley, since he's severely allergic to those things, and our waitress girl laughed at my husband for having a weird (in her opinion, no one should be allergic to wheat!) allergies. She said she didn't know. We asked her if she could go and talk to her manager or cook. She agreed and talked to her cook and ...they both laughed at my husband again!!! Can you believe it!!! My husband didn't choose to have a wheat allergy and it's his health issue we're talking about here. Finally she came back and said they will not use any soy sauce on my husband's food and we were glad. Then she brought our dinnerware, but the plates were sticky on bottom and chopsticks and spoons were dirty.Glasses they served had weird spots on them. So we called our waitress girl had her change our dinnerware. Guess what, she didn't say sorry! It would have been nice if she said sorry, even though, dirty dishes were not her fault. By the time, our food arrived I was already lost my appetite and my husband was trying to eat his meal. Funny, huh! The food was OK, err..should say tasted better than the service. When we left Asuka, the cook and the waitress girl again laughed at us!
I have no ill intention toward Asuka or people who work there. I'm just sharing my personal experience and telling you guys what happened to us. My husband and I will never go to Asuka's again. They say never say never, but in that case I really really want to say NEVER!
P.S. I also want to note that I'm an East Asian and I'm writing about an East Asian restaurant!
Had the hibachi which was average. Poor service. Actually, really really bad service. The place is dirty, the chef's uniforms were filthy. If you want Hibachi, go to a Benihana. As for sushi, and other dishes, I don't know, but I wouldn't even bother. Perfect for those who have no clue what good hibachi is.
Asuka is an average Hibachi restaurant. The food is good and falls in line with the cuisine style, though nothing is a specialty on its own. I enjoy eating there when I have a craving for Japanese, but there is truly nothing outstanding in this genre of restaurant.
On the flip side, it is nice to have a Hibachi place in town. So many cities lack this kind of ethnic cuisine. If you enjoy Hibachi, or Japanese food in general it's a definite recomendation.