REVIEW: Mr Wasabi, Schenectady [PHOTOS]


Those of you who know me, know of my love for all things sushi. One of my favorite places to eat when I come home is Mr Wasabi (1671 Union Street, Schenectady). I live in a pretty close distance to the restaurant so when I call for delivery, they already seem to have my address on file. My favorite sushi is an Eel Avocado Roll. In every case I’ve come across eel, it’s cooked. Those of you who don’t wanna to eat raw fish, maybe you should try eel, but be forewarned that from what I’ve heard, you must have a particular taste for it. I’ve been to many the sushi establishment and Mr. Wasabi is one of my very favorites (and that includes NYC too).

Eel Avocado Roll

The eel avocado roll ($6), with a drizzle of eel sauce on the top, is very smooth. What I like about this roll is that it’s better at room temperature. Most sushi that I get from a store is kept fresh in a freezer/cooler but eel avocado is meant to be eaten at room temperature. The eel is a soft fish and the avocado of course is soft as well so eating this roll with hard cold rice, in my opinion, could be considered a crime against food. I usually eat this roll along with a regular avocado roll ($4) just because I like avocados. The great thing about the eel roll in my opinion is that it’s not an overly fishy taste, nor smell for that matter, so you can easily go from eating this roll to another roll or anything else. This even applies to a light dish like salad.

Seared Tuna
This time, I wanted to try something new. I couldn’t pass up getting my eel avocado roll but instead of the regular avocado roll that I usually get with it, I got Seared Tuna ($7). In all honesty, I had no idea what I was ordering. I assumed that since I like tuna (this fish is usually served raw or mostly raw, not like what you find in those cans) I couldn’t go wrong. What I received was about 5-6 pieces of seared tuna on top of salad with a shalot balsamic vinegar that was fantastic. My favorite parts were the pieces of mango on the side. There was no mention of mango in the menu so it was a welcomed surprise. The tuna was pepper seared and boy could you taste it. There were a few occasions when the pepper was a little much to handle but I think that was just my palate. Overall, it was a good meal and I’m glad I got to try a little something new.

I feel every time I get Japanese food I need to get edamame ($3). These soy beans are great with just about anything you can order but expect to share. You eat them by popping out the bean from inside the pod. I never got an answer from anyone about why you don’t eat the pod but when I first started eating it, I followed the crowd and that’s what I was told and that’s what I did.

I’ve mentioned in an earlier post that I used to buy mochi from an asian convenience store near my dorm at NYU. Though I didn’t see it on the menu, I asked and Mr Wasabi serves it also but with more flavors. Also to my surprise, they deliver it too! I ordered mango mochi that was delivered to my house and kept in my freezer until I was ready to eat it. I don’t remember exactly how much it was, I want to say $6 for an order, or two mochis which is a tad expensive but worth it for the treat; they are delicious.

Mr. Wasabi is one of my favorite japanese food places in the area, I highly recommend either delivery or eating in. The atmosphere is warming and during the day they put on the Yankee games so I don’t have to miss them to go out to lunch. They have the bento box lunch deal which I’ve personally never tried but next time I’m there for lunch, I’ll let you know!

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