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).
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.
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.