I love sushi, but I’m also very particular about it. So, usually when I’m eating sushi from home, I’m ordering from one place and it’s Mr. Wasabi on Upper Union Street.
Sushi to me can either be fantastic or not that great, there’s really no middle ground. First, you need fresh fish- most important. If the fish isn’t fresh, it’s going to have a fishy smell, be disgusting and probably make you sick. Then, I don’t want my sushi to have too many flavors. Sometimes there are too many sauces and too much fish in one roll and they don’t really blend together well. Third, it has to have an overall good mouthfeel. Personally, I hate cucumber in my sushi because of how it feels with the smoother fish. Am I picky with sushi? Maybe (yes), but I know what I like and it’s usually expensive so I want it to taste good.
We have a ton of great sushi restaurants in the area but I started ordering from Mr. Wasabi once it opened because it was the closest to my house. As with any sushi, it’s best served in person inside the restaurant, but that’s not always possible. We order from Mr. Wasabi all of the time and it’s delicious.
As with most restaurants, they have their bad days but overall, their food is delicious. I like getting the three-roll combo because then I can go back and forth between the rolls (Hawaii roll, Eel Avocado roll and Tuna roll). My must-order from Mr. Wasabi is the big salad. The salad itself isn’t anything fancy but that ginger dressing is the best I’ve had. Literally, I drink whatever’s left. We’ve gotten the crab rangoon before and, it’s good, but the crab rangoon filling ratio to fried part ruins it a little. The Japanese regulars are all great: edamame is always great, rock shrimp is cooked well with a great sauce and the pork bun is okay but you have to eat it fresh. If sushi isn’t your thing, their ramen and pineapple rice is also great, too.
If you’re looking for a yummy Japanese restaurant to try, visit Mr. Wasabi on Upper Union St. in Schenectady. They’re food is delicious, quick and it’s super convenient.