2244 N University Pkwy, Provo, UT | Directions 8460440.264075 -111.667915
Only Place for Sushi – We have tried and tried Sushi around town and Asuka is the only place to get awesome sushi. Dont bother with the other places, no one can beat the quality, price ,or size of the rolls. Especially good on busy nights.
Asuka's is good – never seen someone who can't spell write a good review about anything LOL!
not that good, not that bad – When I entered the restaurant, the Sushi Chef was sitting right by the front door-the public main entrance-smoking cigarettes.
I was sat at the sushi bar, and I was the only customer in the restaurant
When the Chef finally got done smoking, he came back to the bar area without even washing his hands.
Save Your Money! – A big group of us used to go here because our little minds didn't know that there were OTHER sushi joints in happy valley. Now when I say big, I mean at least 6 people ordering the all-you-can eat buffet once a week. So we were "regulars". Everytime we went we were mildly satisfied, particularly because everytime we went our waitress would only smile and not really listen to our requests. So the specific event that made it so that we never went back wasn't that big of a deal, it was how they handled it.
A friend decided to tag along on "sushi night" and wanted to see if she would like coming more often or not. She didn't order anything and when she didn't the manager came out and said that she had to order at least a drink and miso soup. We were all a little offended but we weren't too unhappy. Then she took ONE of my sushi and the manager came RUNNING, "NO SHARING! NO SHARING!!" We were all appalled that they had actually been scrutenizing our table that much. When we left, he charged us an additional $.50 for her eating that one sushi. After that happened we NEVER went back because we thought it was ridiculous the way they acted, especially for being frequent, profitable customers.
Sushi Ya is waaaaay better :)
Terrible at everything – This place sucked major dong, i will never go here again in my life. I would rather go off to the side of the road, find some dead animal and eat it, thats basically what there sushi is anyway. I dont understand how anyone can honestly say they like this place. Ok so its kinda cool to watch them cook, but they arnt even all that good at what they do. Im not saying i could do it, but i wasnt that impressed. I strongly recommend not going here, just head over to olive garden across the street, it has edible food.
Excellent place to have a great time – I wouldn't call my self a sushi expert, but i do think i am an expert on what tastes good. I love this place, and going is always a big event for me. I think the food tastes great, and weather it is the freshest or not i couldn't say, but it IS fresh and delicious. This place is located in Utah so you cant expect the fish to be right out of the water fresh, but it is the freshest i have found here. Concerning the customer service, i have gone when service has been lightning fast and I've gone when it has taken a while to get my food, but every time they have been friendly and courtious. I think that this place is great for large groups or couples, and if everyone orders the unlimited sushi things get served family style which is really fun. I would suggest going to this place as an activity itself or as the end to an activity because you don't want to feel rushed. The atmosphere is best for those who want to kick back and have a good time eating and talking with freinds.
Awful management and fish not fresh. – I tried to get them to fix an error on my well over $40 check in the amount of $4 and they refused. I ordered a side order as well as my meal and I received my side order but was not given all of my meal(I should note that this happened to EVERYONE at my table). When I received my check I pointed that out to our waitress and she said she was sorry and that she would have the side order(which was $2) removed to even it out then she came back and said that the manager would not let her do this. We then talked with another waiter who also said there was nothing he could do. I said you would think that the customers happiness would mean something and he said that there is new management and that he has had quit a few complaints since. Also, my friend ordered the salmon(she order's it everywhere) and said that it was very fishy tasting and she thinks it was not fresh.
WORST SUSHI EVER! – My wife and I ordered 6 rolls and some tuna and yellowtail sashimi to celebrate a special occassion. This was, without exception, the worst sushi I have ever had. First, the "spicy tuna roll" had bits fo fresh tuna that had been chopped into tiny pieces in a blender, mixed with a heavy portion of mayo and CANNED TUNA! I kid you not - there was canned tuna and mayo in the sushi roll. Second, the yellowtail rolls were very "fishy," which means the fish was not fresh. The odor and foul taste was so strong we couldn't really appreciate the flavor of the sushi. The sashimi was acceptable. It was plated nicely and was surprisingly fresh.
My advice: Try Happy Sumo (rather expensive) or Sushi Ya (less expensive). Asuka was great when I visited 5 years ago as an undegraduate at BYU. It's gone downhill since. If you absolutely must go, avoid the the maki rolls.
From a Japanese food lover, the perfect balance of high value and high quality. – Asuka is currently my favorite Japanese restaurant in Provo. It is very high quality but the prices are less than Happy Sumo, a top-notch trendy sushi bar nearby. Cool. I was very impressed with the large sushi portions and the many options. The menu was slightly confusing, though, but mostly because there were so many different options. We had a california roll, and one of their specialty rolls. The rolls were significantly bigger than I'm used to and looked and tasted very fresh! The terayaki beef we had to complement our sushi was a tender juicy steak, cooked to perfection, and a nice size. The prices were great too, at 5 bucks for a basic roll and 12 for the fancy specialty roll. I couldn't complain, and the steak was 11 dollars; good deal. The service wasn't noticably bad or good. It did seem a little lax, but adequate. I sometimes eat at the two little Japanese restaurants on center street: Demae and Osaka, and while I enjoy these places (especially their prices, and the ambience at Osaka), when I want to step it up a little without breaking the bank I'll head to Asuka.
I went back and had their Hibachi . The chef was funny, experienced, and amusing and the quality was good, similar to other Tepanyaki restaurants I've been to. The sushi was still good.
Slow, Poor Customer Service – My Boyfriend and I went into Asuka for the second time last week and were so disapointed. The first time we went we has the Tepanyaki and it was wonderful! Then we went for the 12.95 all you can eat sushi. We ordered and sat for 45 minutes before the server came and told us that she lost our order. She took it and we waited at least another 1/2 hour! There where 4 other tables. We where not compensated for the inconvenience at all. Not even a free soda. Had I left happy I might have been convinced to come back and give them another chance, but they made no effort to do so and they have lost me as a customer. They didnt offer to even fill our sodas. While we where waiting we where ignored. The sushi was alright. Not worth the hour and a half wait.
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