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Published December 23rd 2011
I don't know about you, but for me Japanese food is preferable to that of almost any other culture. Wasabi Bistro was a really nice surprise of a discovery. Located in the city about a minute's walk from Taylor Square, it's also very convenient if you're out and about in the city.
There are various online deals that you can purchase to receive discounts at Wasabi Bistro. One such deal is available on Cudo, where you can pay $59 for a seven course degustation menu for two.
My personal favourites from the entrée were the grilled salmon and the tuna. The salmon, depicted below, had a delicious sauce on it and was blowtorched to perfection. The soft texture is what gets me, as well as the lightly smoky flavour.
The tuna surprise, I think it was called – was exactly that. With two types of roe, red and dark, as well as tuna in lovely sauce underneath and greens, it was delectable. Just remember to use the sauce on the side of the plate – it's not just there for decoration, the dish tastes much better with it incorporated.
My friend ordered the wagyu beef. He likes his meat rare and so it's a bit bloody, but I'm sure you can ask for it to be well done or medium if you wanted – they did ask how he wanted it done just like at most Western restaurants. The salad on the side was described to be delicious.
My main was once again grilled salmon, which is no surprise. Unfortunately, this salmon wasn't quite as delicious as that of the entrée. It came out a little bit cold. The salad was nice, despite me not particularly being into alfalfa sprouts. The rice had a nice fluffy texture and the sauce on the side was interesting.
Overall, I would definitely recommend Wasabi Bistro to a friend and return to it. This isn't a bad place to take someone who hasn't eaten much Japanese food, as they will get a taste of variety. The set prices also mean that there's less unpredictability than what can happen with Sushi Train.
Japanese food is one of my favourite foods too! Though I haven't been to Wasabi Bistro, I've taste tested quite a few Japanese restaurants around Sydney and find the quality of the food to be pretty consistently good across the board. My favourites places to go for a quick japanese fix are Nazimi in the CBD and Hikaru in Newtwon - both offer great service, great value and always use really fresh ingredients. Would highly recommend both. Yum :)