Wasabi has had a difficult run. It’s next to the more widely known Sushi Zushi. When it first opened, plumbing issues created an unpleasant smell in the restaurant. And it has never seemed very busy.
But it should be. In a town where any food wrapped in rice is considered sushi, Wasabi is serving up flavorful modern rolls at decent prices.
You can tell Wasabi is a Texas restaurant because the rolls are large and in charge. The more complicated the roll, the more toppings it has. The Green Planet is almost buried under a mountain of seaweed, and the Hollywood Roll has plenty of spicy mayo and eel sauce on top. Deep-fried rolls usually send me into a rant, but the Golden California Roll has a light tempura coating and was delicately fried, creating a thin shell.
I judge sushi restaurants by the creativity of their chef’s choice rolls. You’re giving the chef free reign to go crazy, so it’s always interesting to see what they do with that power. At Wasabi, this is known as the Whatever Roll. You can specify spicy or not, and I suppose you can even request a type of fish, but that takes the fun out of it.
I’ve had Whatever Rolls of all kinds — from simple, classic rolls with mostly fish to rolls with tempura shrimp and asparagus. It really depends on what the chef has on hand. This visit, we requested spicy, and we got it — both rolls had jalapeno slices. One had three kinds of seafood on top, including seared tuna. Both were moderately spicy, with plenty of fresh fish and crunch.
Based on the Whatever Rolls alone, Wasabi is worth a visit. There’s ample seating at booths, tables, and the sushi bar, and the service is quick. The fish is pretty fresh, and I’ve never had a problem getting a table. It’s not incredibly authentic, but it is incredibly tasty.
Wasabi Sushi Bistro
9921 IH-10 W