WASABI Asian Cuisine

Address: 556 Sackville Drive Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia

Websitehttp://wasabihouse.ca/wasabi-asian-cuisine-sackville/

Date / Time Visited: 4:50PM to 6:40PM on 2 January 2014

Genre: Asian

Meals served: Lunch and Supper

Reservation: Nil

Here are some of our thoughts (please listen to the podcast for a full description):

Wasabi Asian Cuisine - mural

Wasabi Asian Cuisine – Mural

Ambiance / description of place:

  • Chris – Nice Asian murals, Chinese lights,  comfortable
  • Margaret – Red / black / white / orange colours, not overwhelming, comfortable, neat & clean

Greeting / Reception:

  • Chris – Friendly and courteous
  • Margaret – Fine / pleasant
  • Charlotte – Immediately sat down – no wait

Menu prices:

  • Chris – Reasonable, but better value the more you eat!
  • Margaret – Hard to say – no comparison
  • Charlotte – Reasonable, but better value the more you eat!
Wasabi Asian Cuisine - Light Fixture

Wasabi Asian Cuisine – Light Fixture

Variety:

  • Chris – Plenty of sushi, sashimi, tempura, etc.
  • Margaret – A few non-sushi choices
  • Charlotte – Lack of desert variety
Wasabi Asian Cuisine - From left to right - Spicy tuna hand roll, Alaska hand roll, Mango cheese roll, Rainbow roll

Wasabi Asian Cuisine – From left to right – Spicy tuna hand roll, Alaska hand roll, Mango cheese roll, Rainbow roll

Why we chose the menu items that we did:

  • Chris – All you can eat sushi!
  • Margaret – Because it wasn’t sushi!
  • Charlotte – All you can eat sushi!
Wasabi Asian Cuisine - Miso Soup

Wasabi Asian Cuisine – Miso Soup

Smell / look / taste of the first course:

  • Chris – Spicy tuna hand roll is nice – bottom had no rice (like ice cream cone)
  • Chris – Rainbow roll very colourful
  • Margaret – Miso soup – not a pleasing taste
  • Charlotte – Alaska hand roll – good
  • Charlotte – Mango cheese roll – amazingly amazing (her words!)
Wasabi Asian Cuisine - Clockwise (from top left) - Philly roll, Dynamite roll, Deep fried California roll, Salmon dragon

Wasabi Asian Cuisine – Clockwise (from top left) – Philly roll, Dynamite roll, Deep fried California roll, Salmon dragon

Smell / look / taste of the second course:

  • Chris – Salmon dragon – pretty and tasty
  • Chris – Deep fried California roll – tasty, but hard to get used to warm sushi
  • Margaret – Green salad – had orange & ginger sauce
  • Charlotte – Philly roll – no comment
  • Charlotte – Dynamite roll – too spicy (but not for Chris…)
Wasabi Asian Cuisine - Green Salad

Wasabi Asian Cuisine – Green Salad

Wasabi Asian Cuisine - Salmon pizza (top), banana yama roll (middle), California hand roll (bottom left), Tempura shrimp roll (bottom right)

Wasabi Asian Cuisine – Salmon pizza (top), banana yama roll (middle), California hand roll (bottom left), Tempura shrimp roll (bottom right)

Smell / look / taste of the third course:

  • Chris – Salmon pizza – possibly my new favourite non-traditional sushi dish.  Crust was crunchy, the sauce very tasty and of course the salmon
  • Chris – Banana yama roll – more of a desert sushi – good transition to final course.  Habit of dipping in soya sauce – non-traditional taste pairing with banana.
  • Margaret – Katsu-don (panko-crusted chicken cutlet , onion, egg & mushroom on rice) – chicken tastes nice, but the other stuff is bland or not to my taste
  • Charlotte – California hand roll – no comment
  • Charlotte – Tempura shrimp roll – no comment
Wasabi Asian Cuisine - Katsu-Don

Wasabi Asian Cuisine – Katsu-Don

Smell / look / taste of the fourth course:

  • Chris – Banana tempura with chocolate ice cream – okay, but nothing to write home about.   Disappointed that neither the green tea nor the black sesame ice cream were available (supplier issues)
  • Margaret – I was expecting round slices
  • Charlotte – Banana tempura with vanilla ice cream
Wasabi Asian Cuisine - Banana Tempura with chocolate ice cream

Wasabi Asian Cuisine – Banana Tempura with chocolate ice cream

Service / wait staff knowledge:

  • Chris – Well timed (after course, enough time to re-look at menu)
  • Margaret – Did not remember that I didn’t want ice in the iced tea, but she knew the drink from sight.  Used to place with faster service, but ordering fresh takes time!
Wasabi Asian Cuisine - Close-up of sushi pizza

Wasabi Asian Cuisine – Close-up of sushi pizza

Overall dining experience:

  • Chris – Really liked the freshness of the sushi.  Presentation was exciting – looking at all of the meals being prepared and being placed on the counter (oooh – that looks good!).  Great variety
  • Margaret – First ones in, but by 6PM the place was pretty full.  Need fork – don’t like taste / feel of wood chopsticks – ended up using a spoon.  Not a place you would go to if you’re in a hurry.

Would you go again:

  • Chris – Yes
  • Margaret – Only with family members – would not come on my own (I don’t like sushi!)
  • Charlotte – Yes
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