The first word that came to mind when I entered Mr. Wasabi was soothing. The claret colored walls made the dining room cozy, shady & quiet. It was a welcome counterpoint to the noisy, hot and humid day outside on Union St. Abstract artwork in shades of purple and green hung on the walls and soft Japanese pop music played in the background.
I was immediately greeted and seated at a small table near the front window. There are larger booths along the right side of the “L” shaped dining room.
Mr. Wasabi serves familiar Japanese dishes such as sushi, sashimi, teriyaki, katsu, soba noodles, tempura, full hibachi dinners and for a little twist, Pad Thai, sautéed noodles with seafood and veggies that is the national dish of Thailand.
There are 5 soup selections from the traditional miso ($2) to seafood soup ($6) with shrimp and scallops. Half a dozen salad choices include, green salad ($4), seaweed salad ($6) and seared pepper tuna salad ($8). Appetizers ($4 – $8) include edamame, gyoza – Japanese dumplings, harumaki – Japanese spring rolls and crispy calamari.
The choices for sushi and sashimi run from a la carte ($4-$7 for 2 pieces) which include: tuna, yellowtail, eel, salmon, mackerel, fluke and more.
Rolls and hand rolls range from $4 for cucumber to $11 for a rainbow roll which is crabmeat, cucumber and avocado toped with tuna, salmon and whitefish.
All the “American” named rolls are available: California, Philadelphia, Miami, Hawaii and Alaska. I often wonder if Japanese people visiting the USA for the first time think of these as American food. I guess it is… how many people in Japan do you think eat avocado in their sushi???
There are also 15 “Signature Rolls” ($11 – $15) with names such as “On Fire Roll”, “Do the Mayo”, and “Out of Control”.
Hibachi dinners which include 2 shrimp appetizers, miso soup or salad, vegetables and white or fried rice range from $15 for vegetable to $24 for lobster tail.
Since I visited in the afternoon, I took advantage of one of the lunch special that is served Mon-Sat 11 – 3:30.
The lunch box specials include: miso soup or salad, California roll, shumai and rice with your choice of vegetable, chicken, steak, salmon or shrimp served teriyaki, katsu, curry or hibachi style. ($8 – $10)
I was in the mood for sushi so I opted for the Maki Lunch. 3 rolls of maki with soup or salad for $11.
I started with an order of gyoza ($5). 6 pieces of well-seasoned pork in delicate wrappers, perfectly fried. Not a bit greasy.
The salad that came with my lunch was crisp romaine lettuce with thin cucumber slices and standard ginger dressing. Refreshing but not anything you don’t get at any Japanese restaurant.
The maki rolls were perfectly shaped and had just the right balance of rice to fish. This allowed the flavor of each individual fish to shine through.
Everything was fresh and the service was quick and efficient.
I will definitely be back.
Mr. Wasabi 1671 Union St. 518-388-9222
Mon-Fri 11:30 am – 10:30 pm
Sat Noon – 10:30 pm
Sun Noon – 10:00 pm
Major Credit Card Accepted
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