Written by on January 2, 2014 in I Eat Seattle, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(wasabiseattle.com) – Belltown, Seattle, Washington


How I heard of this place: Having opened in 2000, a good friend and sushi-lover introduced me to this streamlined, modern space (called Wasabi Bistro at the time) which added a Seattle flair to its sushi offerings and selection of live music.

Wasabi Patio

Type of cuisine: We have created a Japanese fusion menu with traditional Japanese ingredients presented in a contemporary style that has thrilled guests since our opening in the summer of 2000.”

Wasabi Tablescape

Ambiance: A modern interior, glass and mirrored wall surfaces,

Wasabi Mirrored Decor

a wasabi-colored bar space and sleek tablescapes,

Wasabi Bar

Wasabi is sure to please all those in favor of style and function.

Wasabi Diners

What I ordered: Upon being seated, we were offered a small plate of edamame, which helped quell the hunger until we were ready to place our orders.

Wasabi Edamame

To start, the four of us dining at Wasabi this evening chose one serving of the Mushroom Dumpling ($7) with sanbaizu

Wasabi Mushroom Dumplings

and one of the Grilled Asparagus ($5) with sanbai su sauce.

Wasabi Grilled Asparagus

For our main entrees, we shared the Dragon Roll ($14): crab, mayo, cucumber, and teriyaki sauce topped with eel, Las Vegas Roll ($10): eel, crab, avocado, cream cheese and teriyaki sauce, Seattle Roll ($8): salmon, avocado, cucumber and tobiko, Seattle Tempura Roll ($10): salmon, cream cheese, avocado and teriyaki sauce,

Wasabi Roll Plates

the Volcano Roll ($16): spicy tuna and asparagus topped with ahi & avocado, spicy mayo, unagi sauce, sriracha, tobiko, sprinkled with toasted macadamia nuts, and, at the recommendation of our server, one each of the West Hollywood Roll ($13): shrimp tempura, cucumber, avocado, tobiko with crab on top, and the Vegetarian Cowboy Roll ($10): asparagus, avocado, cucumber topped with panko breaded fried eggplant, teriyaki sauce and chili sauce.

Wasabi Sushi Rolls

What I loved: Remembering back to the days when we would venture Wasabi Bistro, I remember the Las Vegas Roll and Volcano Roll really well.

Wasabi Sushi Close-Up

On this return visit, however, after nearly five to seven years, those rolls hardly registered atop my list. My two favorites were those recommended by our server: the Vegetarian Cowboy and the West Hollywood.

Wasabi Vegetarian Cowboy Roll

Why I loved it: Simple, satisfying food in a hip environment, sitting alongside some of the trendiest hipsters in Seattle.

Wasabi Front Entry View

Cost: Average to high ($5 – $20 per roll)

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