912 E. Douglas
August 20, 2010
Phil, Mike, and Nicki ate at Wasabi which opened a month ago. It is owned by the chef, Steve Young, who has already started two sushi restaurants in Tulsa, OK that are now run by family members. Young grew up in Japan and learned how to prepare sushi from his father and grandfather who were fishermen before coming to the United States in 1990.
The interior space is nice, the service is decent (although they appear to have a propensity to drop glassware and beer bottles), and the food is good. The menu features standard appetizers, soups, nigiri, makiono, sashimi, bento boxes and they have a kids’ menu. It also has a special half-price sushi section that is very confusing and quite deceptive as you have to buy three of something (which was not clear) and some of the items on the list were not half-price (and were not marked as such). The latter of which was not discovered until paying the bill, at which point we strongly advised that they indicate exceptions on the menu.
The chef's special rolls were good. They even brought out a complimentary roll. In addition to the standard rolls (spicy tuna, etc.) they feature a line of thematically-named rolls – Coconut Gigolo, Hot Night Roll, Love Roll, and Sexy Roll. We ordered a Red Dragon roll. It came on a long plate in a cradle of tin foil, and it was on fire. Once the fire extinguished itself, we found this roll consisting of crab, avocado, and tuna rolled in panko and black sesame seeds, and topped with special sauce to be delicious.
The standard nigiri selections were good, but not great. Chef Young was very honest when we asked if certain fish was fresh and he told us to avoid some that were on the menu. A bit surprising that they did not have entirely fresh fish on a Friday night. The prices were reasonable but hopefully they can amend their menu to reflect what is half-price. Wasabi is not the best in town, but is still good and may improve with time.
White tuna: 4
Total score: 23 : Above Average
912 E. Douglas
September 25, 2010
Bart, Mike, and Nicki ate at Wasabi. Food was slightly better than we remember it from 5 weeks ago. The red dragon roll was just as delicious. And they have added asterisks to their menu to designate exceptions to the half-price nigiri sushi :-) Sushiscores.com continues to make a difference in the lives of people who search after, eat, and enjoy sushi around the world.