1228 Washington Ave, Saint Louis, MO | Directions 6310338.631732 -90.198111
Monday 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tuesday 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Thursday 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Friday 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Downtown St. Louis (West), Saint Louis, Downtown West
Great and not-so-great – If you stick to the basics, Wasabi is as good as it gets in St. Louis. The rice's texture is perfect; a little strong in the seasoning but that's common for Americans. The basic fish types -- hamachi, salmon, white fishes -- are also great. Where Wasabi slacks off is in other items. Examples: The saba is overseasoned and too firm, as if bought preseasoned like in many other places. The natto roll -- and points to them for even having natto -- had too much dark sesame oil and not enough scallion. Miso soup is bland (probably bland dashi) and tiny. Service is great. Parking on street. Cleanliness generally good but they need to replace the drape over the window to the kitchen. Portion size average but rice to fish ratio a little high. It's the second most expensive sushi in St. Louis. But they have oshibori!
Much less than I expected – Considering the reviews and the former Best Of moniker, I expected so much more. The bottom-line of any sushi is the quality of the fish. Although the location, ambiance, and service were appealing, the sushi was well below average. Wasabi served me the first piece of unagi Ive ever had that tasted fishy. The bluefin, yellowfin, and fatty tuna were not fresh. Rolls were loose and the rice was not sticky. A seriously sub-par sushi experience that was priced on the high end. Although the location was trendy, the food was not. Best sushi around is still Crazy Sushi in St. Peters. Worth the drive.
The best Sushi place I have been to – I have been to alot of sushi restaurants and this one is simply in a class by itself. The sushi is well prepared, the service is great and the environment is very neat. You must try the Wasabi roll, it is to die for
dont be ordinary! – I have eaten at sashimi all over the world, and to receive the quality that you get at WASABI in both STL locations is a testament to their undying dedication to the customer. Try the toro, blufin, halibut, as questions invent and create your own meals Dont be so ordinary. Get some good Sake and something RAW then go anywhere in within a 400 mile radius, and youll agree they are the BEST. They have the Heart, Skill, and the willingness to do whatever it takes to please you.
One of the best places for sushi in STL – Although landlocked in the midwest, Wasabi still offers the best sushi I've had in St Louis, although a bit pricy in comparison to places on the East or West Coasts. The decor is great for a date location too.
thoughts to ponder – Anybody who makes it a point to eat california rolls does not know sushi very well. Most places use imitation crab in california rolls. Some advanced sushi eaters will eat a california roll if it is drapped with fish as with a specialty roll and then it's okay because a such a roll with real crab would cost a fortune. Most sushi in America is much bigger than is traditional due to local tastes. Nigiri and maki rolls are generally on the small side, the huge portion thing is all american.
Imitation Crab Meat?? – Having worked in states from Massachesetts to California, Minnesota to Texas - and quite a few in between, I have had the pleasure to eat sushi in many different cities across the country, and as such I have quite a few standards to which I expect each sushi bar to reach. One of these is the use of real crab meat in its California rolls - that imitation-flavoured pollock simply isn't up to the job! I regret, Wasabi fails miserably here. Considering the price they charge for their offerings, I expected the real thing, and was very disappointed.
As for the other sushi, whilst the fish was indeed fresh and moist, the portions were somewhat on the chintzy side - and they were charging top-dollar, too. The meal proved to be the most expensive I have ever had in a USA sushi bar - and I could have eaten more.
Fantastic sushi experience – A promising new comer to the average St. Louis Japanese restaurant scene. Huge, delicious maki rolls, tasty entrees and appetizers, fresher-than-average nirigi's and sashimi's combined with a classic traditional Oriental decor make this a sushi experience not to be missed. Services is excellent, but slighly pricey for average consumer taste, on par with other Japanese places. However, the size of the specialty maki rolls and portion of dishes offered make its value exceptional.
Downtown professionals flock to this loft district hipster hot spot for rare pufferfish and pleasing plum wine. – The Scene
Housed in a converted Washington Avenue warehouse storefront, Wasabi deftly balances its large, raw space with tasteful Japanese accents. Soft lanterns, bamboo columns and tea-house music create a serene vibe. The kimono-clad staff attends to patrons' needs without being intrusive, allowing a wide swath of under-40 downtowners to sit back and enjoy the artistry of the food.
From hot hand towels to hand-pressed mochi profiteroles, Wasabi's staff delights in making your meal a pleasurable experience. Delicate gyoza dumplings satisfy without being filling; the cucumber snomono salad is light and refreshing. But the real star is master chef and co-owner Jong Wook's menu of signature seafood dishes. The popular Wasabi special features a California roll with tuna and tempura nuggets, drizzled with a wasabi cream eel sauce. Sashimi and nigiri lovers won't find fresher fish this close to the Mississippi. Fried or mochi ice cream, both house specialties, make for delightful cappers.
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