Mr. Wasabi

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Across from Gershon’s on upper Union Street is one of the only Japanese food places in town. Mr. Wasabi dishes out classic Japanese cuisine, from teriyaki to sushi to udon. The ambience is rather classy, with Asian abstract art on the walls, selective lighting, and potted plants. It’s a warm, open environment.

Dinner goes much smoother and more pleasantly with servers who seem to actually care about your experience. The waiter was kind enough not to make fun of me for still learning to use chopsticks, so that’s a plus.

The menu is pretty long and tough decisions had to be made. The options for starters are many, but the ginger salad and the rock shrimp take the cake. There’s something about the ginger salad that ignites the pallet. Light, sweet and gingery; I have no complaints.

This week Marc Perlman ’19, resident food critic, takes a trip to Mr. Wasabi, a home to classis Japanese cuisine. Courtesy of Marc Perlman
This week Marc Perlman ’19, resident food critic, takes a trip to Mr. Wasabi, a home to classis Japanese cuisine. Courtesy of Marc Perlman

The rock shrimp rocked my world. This appetizer has bite-sized pieces of tempura shrimp tossed in a spicy mayonnaise sauce. A tender blend of sweet and spicy, the shrimp is close to perfection. The second the appetizer was finished, the entrées materialized. The filet mignon hibachi looks like it was made in the Feigenbaum Center for Visual Arts.

Cubed steak in the center, encircled by cut up vegetables; it was a masterpiece. As for the taste, the steak was well-seasoned and the vegetables had a bite to them, but overall the dish lacked an X-factor. The fish sauce and another soy-based sauce added desperately needed diversity and flavor.

But in the end, they did not give the dish the glistening it needed. It required a little something extra to lift it up a notch. Ultimately, while the dish was good, it was very boring. The pad Thai was pretty good. Noodles cooked well, chicken nice and tender, the dish came together quite nicely. It also had a unique sweet note contrasting the peanuts.

Mr. Wasabi is known for its sushi, and for this it doesn’t disappoint. With innovative insides, you won’t be bored. The “Do the Mango” sushi roll has tuna, avocado and mango, wrapped in rice paper with citrus mango sauce.

This particular kind of sushi roll is probably something you haven’t had before. The flavors work well off each other. I would recommend it.

In summary, Mr. Wasabi has some good options and some okay options. If you do find yourself stopping by the Wasabi residents, I would highly recommend the rock shrimp.

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