Cuz Kara and I went to Wasa Sushi Thursday night in Irvine to catch up and hang out. Let me preface this post by telling you that I'm a HUGE sushi fan - nothing beats salmon eggs popping in my mouth and that creamy, velvety sea urchin resting on my tongue. I will hate on you if you think california rolls are sushi...calling me a biatch but don't call yourself a sushi lover if all you eat is imitation crab with avocado! :)
So you walk in and you notice the modern light fixtures, the real Japanese sushi chefs (yay...no poser Koreans shouting to us in Japanese), and the beautiful flower vases. They've done modern right.
We order the standard salmon and yellowtail as well as my favorites - uni (sea urchin), ikura (salmon eggs) and giant clam. So how can you f-up sushi? Pieces that are too small or large (ahem California Roll, Santa Monica) or sushi that's just not fresh. How did this stack up? Pieces were perfect size...easy to fit in the mouth and sushi was soft and easy to eat. No fishy taste but not quite melt-in-your mouth, warm rice Sasabune-style either.
We ordered the Catalina roll as well - spicy tuna wrapped in soy paper topped with seared albacore, garnished with Japanese shiso salsa. Delicious! The salsa gave it a sweet kick and though soy paper reminds me of human skin (gross, I know, but I had to say), the spicy tuna and albacore made me not think of such things.
Dessert ranks up there as one of the best I've ever had at a sushi joint. Bananas, fried, with ice cream and raspberries. Now I am not a huge dessert person (like husband Sam or Grace sis) but this thing was divine. The crispy, warm part on the outside of the banana coupled with the cold ice cream and the sweet but tart taste of the raspberries all came together beautifully!
So how does this rank?
Great for the OC. Keep your expectations in check and you'll enjoy a nice sushi dinner at a modern sushi joint in Irvine. If you want super fabulous, I've died and gone to heaven, this may not be it. Moderately priced..with beers our check came in at around $80.
Who Should Go?
+ People who live in the OC who want moderately priced sushi (2 pieces were about 5 bucks, sashimi plates $11 and rolls about $15).
+ People who love fried bananas, esp with ice cream and raspberries!
+ Look for Opah, it's a big building right next to Wasa. It's located in the Tustin Market Center.
+ Parking can be a biatch bc there's IHOP and a slew of other restaurants right next door.
+ Expect a wait or go at odd hours.
Wonderful hanging out with you, cuz, and thanks for the flower! I'll see you next week. Till then, take care of yourself!
Wasa Sushi (Yelp)
13124 Jamboree Road
Irvine, CA 92602