Wasabi Teppankyaki Manuka.
As regulars of Wasabi Teppanyaki in Dickson, We were was keen to discover if the recently opened Wasabi #2 in Manuka was any good.
We went on a Saturday evening and by the time we got there at around 6.30 the place was half full and filling fast so I am glad we booked.
The first thing we noticed is that this restaurant is much more upmarket compared to Dickson, it also has a full sushi bar, much like the one at Iori in civic.
We decided to have go for the al’carte menu rather than the teppanyaki experience as we have done this many times and the thrill goes after a while. For starters we went for the wasabi sampler. This had an assortment of Japanese dishes, including salmon sashimi, sushi, grilled teriyaki chicken and beef skewers, octopus balls, assorted tempura and a savoury custard type dish. It was all very nice, although the two pieces of sushi were Californian rolls, which I though was is a bit boring especially when the had a full sushi bar.
For mains my partner got the Wasabi’s three jewels, which came out in a diamond bento box and contained tempura prawns, teriyaki chicken and ginger beef, it was all nice, and the teriyaki chicken was the standout.
I ordered off the menu and requested teriyaki salmon, and they were happy enough to do this. Although the salmon was delicious I do prefer it to be a bit more saucy. We also ordered the rice, miso soup and Japanese pickles set as the mains do not come with rice, this was an additional $6.50 each.
Service was very slow at first and we had to wait a good 45 minutes for our entrée’s to come, then the mains came straight after we had finished the last bite of our entrees which I find annoying as I like sometime in-between!
All in all It was a pleasant enough evening and the food was good, although I much prefer Dickson, its much cheaper, service is quicker and I think the food is better.