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Wasabi: THE St. Louis Sushi Restaurant

November 26, 2011

Wasabi Sushi Bar recently opened a 7th St. Louis area location in Fairview Heights, Illinois, and I was lucky enough to be among those in attendance for their soft opening (BIG THANKS Jamey Stegmaier). Wasabi has been delighting St. Louis residents since the opening of their downtown location in 2003, and the new location looks to continue this tradition.
Attending a soft opening makes you feel a bit like a celebrity, and the smorgasbord of delights Wasabi offered the other night did nothing to dilute that feeling. I’m accustomed to ordering a few pieces of nigiri and and an obligatory Wasabi special (obligatory because they’re amazing and not to be missed), but attending the special event the other night offered me an opportunity to sample Japanese fare that was outside of my normal order. Wasabi prepared an array of raw fish sans rice and seaweed–something I’d actually never had but rather enjoyed, as well as other delicacies like takoyaki (octopus dumplings). To top it all off, Wasabi offered a tasteful arrangement of fruit dishes and green tea-flavored cake balls, which were creative and delicious.
Meeting John Kim, one of the owners of the Wasabi establishments in the area, topped off a great night. John treated everyone in my party like VIPs. His calm demeanor amidst a busy night showed that he’s clearly done this before, and his perfected menu are further testament to why you should stop in one of his locations for a Wasabi special and a Kirin Ichiban (Japanese rice beer) if you’re in the area!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 29, 2011 9:10 pm

    I found your blog because Wasabi retweeted this post – glad I did! I love following any and all STL blogs. I’ve been to the Wasabi in Edwardsville once and really enjoyed it!

    • Laura MacDougall permalink
      November 30, 2011 8:09 pm

      Thanks Stacy! Thanks for the comment! Let us know if there is any place in STL you would be interested in us writing about.

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