Wasa Sushi

Written by on June 4, 2013 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(No website found at time of publishing) – Market Place in Irvine, California


How I heard of this place: Around the corner from UCI (University of California Irvine) is my sister’s favorite sushi establishment: Wasa. After a grueling three-hour dissertation defense with her PhD committee, she was craving sushi – and we immediately obliged.

Type of cuisine: Japanese. Seafood. Sushi Bar.

Wasa Restaurant/Bar

Ambiance: Every posh outdoor mall should come equipped with its own sushi bar. The Market Place in Irvine, its desert sand exterior, tall, one-story establishments set in a fancy strip-mall resembles something more out of Hollywood films than suburbia. We parked our car and walked up to Wasa, where large planters hosted growing trees immediately outside the restaurant. Upon entry, the extensive sushi bar, complete with three chefs greeted us with smiles and exuberant welcomes.

Wasa Sushi Bar

We seated ourselves at the opposite wall in booth seating accompanied by chairs at one of the six linen-covered tables. Making ourselves comfortable, we perused the menu for the day’s selection.

Wasa Seating

What I ordered: Both my sister and I wished to enjoy the bounty of the sea with the chef’s special assortment of sushi ($18): tuna, salmon, albacore, halibut, yellowtail, freshwater eel, tiger shrimp, spicy tuna roll,

Wasa Assorted Sushi

and sashimi ($20): ahi tuna, Atlantic salmon, albacore, halibut, yellowtail, tiger shrimp.

Wasa Assorted Sashimi

Our meals were each accompanied by miso soup and a house salad topped with a ginger dressing.

Wasa Salad


My husband, hungry as the caterpillar, started with the Halibut Ginger ($14): thinly sliced halibut, sprouts, and masago served with ginger vinaigrette,

Wasa Halibut Ginger App


and completed his meal with the Salmon Teriyaki ($17): flame broiled Atlantic salmon with house teriyaki sauce.

Wasa Salmon Teriyaki

What I loved: The freshwater eel: always my favorite! I thoroughly enjoyed the salad, the teriyaki salmon (of which I had a miniature sample). The sashimi was so fresh that the rubbery texture was unnoticeable, giving a melt-in-your-mouth quality to each cut. Wow. (My mouth is watering as I remember the meal…)

Why I loved it: Friendly staff, highly qualified sushi chefs and a clean atmosphere of serenity and peacefulness. Contentment in action.

Wasa Cat

Cost: Average to high ($15 – $20 per lunch entree)

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