Food Porn: Wasabi (Williamsville)

Alli has been craving sushi again this week but the only problem is that we were starting to run out of new sushi places to go.  Luckily, she realized that we haven’t featured Wasabi’s Williamsville location, which is hands down their nicest location.  Nothing against the Elmwood or Blasdell location but their Williamsville location is much larger and has a great modern, elegant interior.  On a Friday night we were able to walk in and get seated right away, but as the night went on this place became packed and we marveled at the large number of “take out” bags that begin to pile up around the chef’s counter.

I’ve been getting bored with my sushi rolls lately so I decided to switch it up and order only Sashimi (just pieces of raw fish, no rice).  So I was excited that I might be able to try something new, here’s how it went….

We started off our meal with an order of their Beef Negimaki (pictured below) which is thin pieces of beef that are rolled up with scallions inside, then grilled and covered in a soy sauce with sesame seeds on top.  It was pretty delicious, not only was the beef extremely tender but the sauce was tangy and salty and tasted great.  The crushed up scallions in the middle had an interesting taste and the only thing I didn’t enjoy about the dish was how the beef was a little stringy and would get caught in my teeth.  But I would definitely put up with that annoyance the next time I’m at Wasabi, these things were delicious and I’d probably order it just for myself.

Alli still loves her sushi rolls and ordered herself their California Roll (she understands shes boring with this choice) and their Spicy Crab (her favorite).

So when I said I was in the mood for Sashimi, I really meant it.  I ordered the Sashimi Dinner (~$19) which means that the Chef picks out about 18 different pieces of fish for me.  Most of the time I really like it because it usually forces me to try something new. However, the down side is I generally have no idea what I’m putting in my mouth.  I know, I know…I could ask the server or if I sat at the Sushi Bar I could ask the chef himself.  But I don’t like to ask and we weren’t sitting close at all.  Luckily there is this thing called “the internet” and I’ve tried to figure out what I ate via  Google Image searches.

The Tuna (the dark red) and the Salmon (stripped orange to the right) were obvious; I’ve had those so many times I knew what they were immediately.  The Tuna was cut thick and almost tasted like I was eating a piece of beef; not as delicious as the Toro I’ve tried in the past but since I didn’t want to encourage the fishing of endangered species I passed on the Blue Fin Toro.  The Salmon was very fatty and almost hard to eat at times, but I ate it up.  Now on top of the slice of lemon were two tiny raw shrimp. I’ve never had raw shrimp and I understand the lemon was to “cook” the shrimp but when I ate the first shrimp it didn’t taste like anything I’ve had before.  The shrimp had a unique texture but also a bitter flavor, I’m glad I got to try it but I won’t be ordering it again.

So for the pieces of fish I had to do some research.  After searching around I’m fairly sure the triangle gray-ish pieces were Mackerel.  Their skin gave the exterior a harder “crust” but the inside was very creamy and tasted great. There were some really tiny, circular pieces in the middle of the plate that I believe were Escolar.  Now apparently, after doing my google searching, I realized there are all types of potential stomach horrors that go along with eating it.  Funny enough, this fish tasted like chicken, enough that Alli had a bite herself and actually enjoyed it.  Very mild taste with a flaky consistency, not “slime-y” at all.  On a side note, had zero issues afterward.  Finally the other fish that I believe was Yellow-tail on the far left, another very mild fish that was fresh and delicious.

It’s not cheap, but for 20 dollars I was absolutely stuffed with sushi.  I’ve had the problem in the past where I would walk away from a Sushi Dinner only to be starving an hour later, that did not happen on that night.  Wasabi just continued to show me that they might be the best deal for your buck in the Sushi world of Buffalo.  Their rolls are incredibly affordable and they have no problem giving you an extra piece of sushi here or there.

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