Asuka/Gaya in Blue Bell
This new restaurant just popped up on Zagat's. Other than what I posted below, does anyone know anything about it? Has any one been yet? It sounds interesting, and I've just starting eating Korean BBQ at Kim's on Cheltanham Ave. Can anyone tell me how they compare?
Dark-wood tables topped with high-tech grills for smokeless Korean BBQ are firing up both the Korean community and other locals at Gaya, a big, bright DIY specialist that's twinned with neighboring Asuka in a renovated Blue Bell landmark; diners opting to leave the cooking to the kitchen – run by a recent immigrant from Korea – have choices including hot pots, stews and made-to-order noodles (1002 Skippack Pike; 215-654-8300).
Historic stonework contrasts with contemporary spotlighted tables at Asuka, the handsome Japanese that shares a front door and kitchen with Gaya; there’s the requisite sushi bar and midpriced lunch and dinner menus brimming with tempura, teriyaki and sukiyaki (1002 Skippack Pike; 215-654-8900).
These restaurants are located on Skippack Pike (route 73) about a half mile east of Dekalb Pike (route 202). We drove by there a few nights ago and there were cars in the parking lot, so I assume the restaurants are both open. This building housed Johnny Cross' Italian restaurant for many years, followed by Savory Grille (a steak house that did not last very long). The building was empty for a couple of years before these Japanese and Korean restaurants. We will post once we try them as we live nearby.
If you decide to visit this restaurant, I think that it would be a good idea to give them a call before you head over because (and this may have changed by now) I believe that the restaurant is having a "soft" opening with somewhat inconsistent hours.
We were going to have dinner at Gaya on Easter Sunday -- we called beforehand and the staff told us that the restaurant was not yet open. On the other hand, I know that others have dined at the restaurant.
I have been to Gaya twice in the last 2 weeks on a Friday and Saturday night. We had the BBQ on one visit and it was very good. They beef was tender and the sides were great and the greens were the freshest. If you want a BBQ table let that be known when you make your reservation. I was disappointed in the price for a glass of wine...$8.00. The staff is friendly and the room is attractive. Enjoy!