Where: 71/ 2 Cape St Dickson
Cost: $60 (exc booze)
Phone: 6262 7888
Date Reviewed: 03-JUN-05
Wasabi is a new player in the revolving door of restaurants in the new building on Cape Street in Dickson.
The food was very good, with some interesting takes on Japanese Cuisine which were novel to me.
The service on the other hand was poor to the point my entree arrived after the mains.
This was caused by a mixup in the orders which had in turn been exacerbated by a waitress either unable or unwilling to give guidance with the menu.
Thatâ€™s some achievement as Iâ€™m capable of ordering food in Japan without too much trouble.
In a $20 vietnamese or chinese restaurant you can get past poor service. But in a Japanese restaurant prices are high and the service needs to be making the customer forget all about that.
Also the extractors on the teppanyaki bars werenâ€™t doing the business on the night. Which made it smoky at times.
Having said all that the wafu balmain bugs was exceptional. It looked amazing and tasted even better. My sampler entree (when it arrived) was fantastic.
Now, to the subject of teppanyaki. If youâ€™ve never had it before then I envy you deeply. Because the sense of wonder which unfolds the first time you eat that way with the chef slicing, dicing, and sizzling on the big grill in front of you with your friends all around, is something youâ€™ll remember all your life. Subsequent renditions will serve only to remind you of the magic of the first time.
So forget all my quibbles above. If youâ€™ve got a reason to celebrate (or perhaps need cheering up) then get down to Wasabi, lash out on the most expensive Teppanyaki banquet theyâ€™ve got.
But if you want a sit down Japanese meal Iâ€™d say Iori is a better bet on Friday nightâ€™s experience.