Gateway to the East

Wasabi has everything a sushi-lover could want, from artful presentations to the legendary fugu

If you're truly adventurous and want to pop for $99.95 (per person, plus a week's notice!), Lee will prepare a multicourse extravaganza centered on fugu -- the blowfish notorious for its lethal toxins. (Of course, Lee assures, he's specially certified to prepare such a dish.)

I know about as much about sake as I do about fugu, so the sake menu came in handy. Wasabi offers a variety of the rice wines, from the house brand (served hot or cold) for $3.50 to the high-end boutique stuff, which goes for $35 a half-bottle. An abbreviated roster of California wine from reliable vintner R.H. Phillips is available, by the glass ($5.50 to $6) or bottle ($24), while a more extensive selection of Japanese plum wines are offered ($6 to $6.50 a glass, $24 to $27 a bottle). We stuck to beer, washing down our meals with bottles of Kirin and Sapporo. True to Japanese restaurant form, desserts at Wasabi are limited to ice cream (in unusual but delightful flavors such as wasabi, green tea and red bean) and fried ice cream.

Understated elegance: the sushi bar at Wasabi
Jennifer Silverberg
Understated elegance: the sushi bar at Wasabi

Location Info


Wasabi Sushi Bar

1228 Washington Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63103

Category: Restaurant > Japanese

Region: St. Louis - Washington Avenue


Sushi rolls $4.25-$9.95 (6 to 8 pieces each)
Sushi $1.25-$2.95 per piece
Sushi combo $16.95-$19.95
Wasabi combo $19.95 (for one)
Tempura combo $9.95-$12.50

314-421-3500. Hours: lunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; dinner 5-9 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 5-11 p.m. Fri., 3-11 p.m. Sat., 3-9 p.m. Sun.

1228 Washington Avenue

With the opening of Wasabi, Kitchen K down the street and Infierno, the new late-night Mexican eatery that took over the Hungry Buddha space, Washington Avenue's stock as a restaurant destination is rising. After all, how many lounges can one possibly visit without pausing to eat something?

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