Food Porn: Wasabi (Elmwood)

Even though I visited the Hamburg location last year, I’ve been looking forward to trying out Wasabi on Elmwood. Since Sakura, I’ve been wanting more sushi and while Wegman’s offers up a decent selection and a “quick fix”, they really don’t compare to having it served fresh and in a restaurant setting.

I always looked at the Wasabi location and thought it looked incredibly tiny and I was worried that we’d have to wait (especially on a Friday night). I actually counted seating for about 24-28 while we were there, so it’s a safe bet that on a busy night you might have to wait.  That said, luckily we walked in and were seated right away.


The Wasabi menu will look familiar to any sushi lover; nothing very different then what I had at Sakura or the other Wasabi location. They have an actual kitchen so you can order some Teriyaki chicken/fish meals but what they’re known for, obviously, is their sushi. Looking over the menu I noticed they had Toro, a dish that I absolutely loved last year and really wanted to try again. On their “special” menu they were offering Blue Fin Toro, so I ordered one piece as an appetizer (pictured above). It totally blew me away.  My previous Toro experience was delicious but actually had a more “meaty” texture and taste. This time the fish had some better marbling and when I put it in my mouth it melted instantly. If you think you hate raw fish, I highly recommend you try this (note: for 1 piece it was $5.95).

As with tradition, I also ordered their Edamame as an appetizer. They were pretty decent and had a good amount of sea salt on top but were scorching hot inside. I actually burned my mouth so my recommendation is to let them sit and snack on them slowly.

We both ordered two Sushi rolls each and I ordered their Spicy Tuna and Spicy Salmon. In retrospect I probably should have ordered two items that were drastically different but I was in the mood for a spicy roll. It didn’t live up to the Spicy Tuna I tried at Sakura as the actual spicy sauce wasn’t as flavorful and pretty mild in comparison. Regardless, I still enjoyed the meal; the rice was cooked very well and they put a pretty generous amount of tempura in the roll.

The prices are pretty reasonable at Wasabi, our rolls were about $4.50 each and aside from the decadent Toro, our meal was pretty cheap. I personally haven’t been to Kunis still (I know, it’s long over due) but as of right now Wasabi is my go to Sushi restaurant downtown. To note, however, they don’t have an incredibly wide variety of “unique” sushi rolls but they do have some “House Special Rolls” (about 10 different types) and those range in price from $9.50- $11.95.

With the limited seating, I think Wasabi really excels as a premium take out Sushi option. In fact, I made sure to take a menu on my way out and have since ordered some to-go for a fast and cheap weeknight dinner. For anyone who lives in the city and wants to try some cheap sushi of pretty good quality, call them up and get a couple rolls. It won’t cost you much and they have some great “safe” options to ease you into the world of raw fish.

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3 thoughts on “Food Porn: Wasabi (Elmwood)

  1. Wasabi is my go-to sushi place as well, and for lunch it’s ridiculously cheap. My friend and I will get three rolls to split for lunch, and the total bill is about $10. Even though they’re $5 or so each on the menu, the bill always states “three rolls” for $9.98.

  2. Tim Mathis

    Just an FYI – http://www.naturalnews.com/029383_tuna_endangered_species.html

    Blue Fin Tuna is an endangered species. They should (and probably do) know better.

    Enjoy your reviews, but thought you might want to know about this….

    • Don Burtless

      I just recently listened to a TED conference about the fishing industry and learned more about poor practices in general. It is a huge bummer and while the dish was delicious, I certainly won’t be ordering Blue Fin Tuna any time soon. Thanks for brining it to my attention, I had no idea at the time, and I’m hoping that the tuna was purchased before this status but I’m doubtful.

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