Lunch Visit: Asahiya

I never got a chance to visit China Garden, the restaurant whose space Asahiya now occupies. So when I say my first impression of the space was good – I don’t know what kind of renovation (if any) went into making the restaurant look like this.

The second impression was not as good, as we waited by the entry for a few minutes before being addressed, and even more before we were seated.

I didn’t blame them much for the delay. The restaurant seemed understaffed for how busy it was on an idle Tuesday at nearly 2:00pm. But it’s only been open a couple of weeks, so I can understand their staff scheduling may be still under review.

I’ve heard that Asahiya (or is it Asahi Ya?) is the new restaurant by the former owners of Sakura. I’ve mentioned before that Sakura was my favoured of the sushi restaurants in town, though (and I haven’t done a post) what they are serving up at Hue Oasis in the Skky Hotel is quality as well.

So as far as I can tell Sakura is reopening this week under new management. I guess I’ll have to go back and check it out.

As for Asahiya, I’m not surprised that it’s the new Sakura, the menu is nearly the same (as far as I can tell) and the food seemed on par with what I expected.

I got a spicy sushi combo that came with spicy tuna, spicy salmon and a dynamite roll. We shared some spicy agedashi tofu (wow, I was really into “spicy” that day) and my husband had a Katsu Don.

For me, the standout was the tofu on this day. Though I was very hungry and it was the first thing to hit the table, so I don’t know if I trust my judgement!

I think they’ve continued where they left off with Sakura – and that’s a good thing.

Likelihood of return visit: High

Recommended dish: Spicy Agedashi Tofu

Tripadvisor: Not yet listed in Restaurants in Whitehorse

Asahiya: 309 Jarvis Street, Whitehorse, Yukon