Miami Foodie

Asaka

Posted on: March 15, 2009

Many great restaurants in Miami can be found in strip malls. Asaka Japanese Restaurant is no exception.
I pulled up to this tinted window establishment inside of a strip mall in Aventura, with my date. With raised eyebrows, and a held breath of doubt, I became slightly nervous, but all the more determined to prove him wrong.

Kani Crab-Sa - salad roll, with cucumber, crab, asparagus, rice wine dipping sauce.

Kani Crab-Sa - salad roll, with cucumber, crab, asparagus, rice wine dipping sauce.

Inside was a typical Japanese restaurant, but with low volume background house music, and about 8 patrons sitting at the Sushi bar, doing Sake shots with the Sushi chef… My kind of place!!

For starters we ordered the Kani Crab-Sa, a salad roll with PAPER thin cucumber wrapping chunks of immitation crab meat, and a slice of asparagus, served with a light rice vinegar dressing. The dish was light, tasty and refreshing, prefect for a hot summer Miami night. My only obvious recommendation was to replace the imitation crab with real whole chunks of crab meat.

Biscaya Roll - Yellow Tail, Tuna, Scallion Tempura, topped with Spicy Mayo and Eel Sauce

Biscaya Roll - Yellow Tail, Tuna, Scallion Tempura, topped with Spicy Mayo and Eel Sauce


My favorite rolls were the Biscaya roll and the Florida roll.

The Biscaya roll is large, heavy enough to constitute a full meal. Inside the roll consists of Tune & Yellowtail, rolled into rice, then dipped in scallion tempura, and topped iwth cpicy mayo and a sweet eel sauce. The outside is crisp, and the flavors dance together beautifully, almost addicting until the final piece remains. The roll would have been perfect, had it been cooked slightly less, so that the fish inside is still raw. Nevertheless, delicious and great quality sushi!

Florida Roll - Lobster, Lettuce, Avacado, Mayo Dressing

Florida Roll - Lobster, Lettuce, Avacado, Mayo Dressing

I also recommend the Florida Roll, the Floridian version of the Boston Roll, replacing the crab with Lobster. Refreshing, clean fresh lobster rolled with lettuce, avocado mayo is simple, yet satisfying, fulfilling anyone’s sushi crave.

Overall, the quality of the sushi was good, the service was friendly, and the vibe local. I would say better quality that Hiro’s, but not as extensive of a menu. If you are looking for a local sushi joint with quality sushi and not that long of a wait, this is a great place!

MIAMI FOODIE RATING: 3 of 5 stars!

Asaka Japanese Restaurant
20355 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33180
(305) 682-9331

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