#Indianapolis – Asaka Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar has been on my radar for a while. A mutual friend had tipped me off about the restaurant being “the most authentic Japanese restaurant she had ever been too.”
She is Japanese so I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to have authentic Japanese cuisine.
I can’t say that I still wasn’t a little skeptical, though, because good Japanese food has been hard for me to come by. Only in New York City and in San Francisco’s Japan Town district have I ever had something that matched the real thing.
A couple years back during my undergraduate studies I studied abroad in Japan and the taste of Japan blew me away. Before my travels I had only had sushi and miso soup and after living in Japan I couldn’t get enough of all of their cuisine.
Living in the United States, more specifically Indianapolis, it’s been hard to find a restaurant to supplement the taste which has been absent in my life post-Japan.
On a chilly Thursday evening I arrived at Asaka Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar with all my expectations and appetite in hand.
Walking in the first thing I hear was Japanese being spoken which was an indicator that I had stumbled on to a place that was much different than most sushi places that I’ve been to. Passing signs written in Japanese and figures like maneki-neko, I was excited to experience Asaka’s food.
Asaka Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar is owned by a Japanese owner who is a chef at the restaurant. Two of his daughters help run the restaurant, one of which is a sushi chef.
Reading over the menu I decided on having miso ramen, Dracula Rolls and miso soup complemented with a Sapporo beer.
Festive, the Dracula Rolls were a special for the evening. Asaka regularly has specials for patrons, especially when it comes to sushi.
Asaka’s happy hour features many deals on sushi, from 5 to 7 p.m. sushi can be priced as low as $3.
Upon first bites of my miso ramen was rich, warm and delicious. Ramen was one of the foods that I enjoyed most in Japan and to have ramen that resembled the taste was satisfying.
When it came to the Dracula sushi rolls each roll was as delicious as the last.
Sushi can be an easy thing to imitate but isn’t such an easy thing to make delicious. When you have a roll where the ingredients complement each other and fills your mouth with flavor that’s when you know you’re having good sushi.
Each item that I had off their menu was as delicious as the last, I’m convinced Asaka Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar makes some of the best Japanese food that I’ve had outside of Japan.
Their menu spans from takoyaki, battered balls that have octopus inside, to Japanese curry – you’ll find items on Asaka Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar’s menu that Japanese people know well.
If you’re looking authentic Japanese cuisine look no further than Asaka Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar. As someone who has experienced the cuisine in its native culture I can confidently say you won’t leave disappointed.
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