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“Authentic Japanese with friendly service” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Asa-Don

Asa-Don
179 King Street, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
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Ranked #5 of 355 Restaurants in Newcastle
Cuisines: Japanese
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Perth, Australia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Authentic Japanese with friendly service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

I recently went to Asa Don for dinner with friends. I had been trying to get in for a while but the kitchen closes quite early (8pm I think) and I never seemed to make it. It was definitely worth the wait though. It's a small restaurant with a cute outdoor area, the atmosphere is very pleasant & not too noisy. Our waitress was very friendly & it's BYO (corkage a very reasonable $3 per bottle I think). We had an absolute feast, sharing starters edamame, pork gyozas, pickled cucumbers & chicken kara-age (delicious fried chicken). We all enjoyed our mains, I got the special which was ramen in a spicy broth. I don't think Ive had more authentic home style Japanese outside of Japan & it cost less than $30 each including our drinks.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Newcastle, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“We love it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

My husband & I have been many times and it never disappoints us. Absolutely amazing food.
thank you thank you thank you.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Newcastle, Australia
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53 reviews 53 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“never sloppy, these people care about food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

i regret every time i go somewhere else for japanese in newcastle because these guys do it so consistently well. friendly clean yummy, its great. so popular though now hard to eat in but what do you expect when somethings this good. book ahead and enjoy

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Newcastle, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Amazing food and service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

Great food using the freshest of ingredients. Our family of four loved our meal. The service was very friendly and prompt. Great value for money. Highly recommended

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Newcastle, Australia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Food and service to die for!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

I recently enjoyed dinner with a friend at Asa Don before going to see a film at the Tower Cinemas . This was my first visit and I returned a week later with my husband for lunch because I enjoyed our experience so much. The staff are extremely welcoming and courteous, and the food is mouthwatering and delicious! The whole atmosphere is so authentic, calm and peaceful with added little touches like the fresh sunflowers on each table, the beautiful green teapots and of course the food which is the most authentic Japanese food I have tasted outside of Japan. Asa Don does not take bookings for lunch but there was not a problem finding a table. Dinner is a different matter - book a table if you don't want to be disappointed!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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