Today on the Bite Tonight: Wasabi
Located in Midtown on Woodward Ave and Kirby St, is Wasabi Korean & Japanese Cuisine. Offering a wide array of Korean and Japanese selections, Wasabi has been a favorite in Detroit since 2008. We were disappointed that the lunch boxes aren’t available on the weekends (that’s what brought us there), but we still managed to make the most of it. See how they ranked.
Atmosphere: 3.5 out of 5 bites
Price: 2.5 out of 5 bites
Quality/Taste: 3.5 out of 5 bites
Service: 3 out of 5 bites
Wow Factor: 3 out of 5 bites
Avocado & Pickled Radish Sushi Rolls: Fresh, light and delicious!
Chicken Tang Soo Yook: Deep fried chicken and mixed vegetables in Korean sweet
and sour sauce. For the most part this dish came equipped with the expected fruits, veggies, and lightly battered fried chicken. But, despite the description on the menu, there were pieces of fish thrown into the mix. You can imagine the horror on my moms face when she found out what she was eating were small pieces of fish and not a vegetable.
Side note: MY MOM DOESN’T LIKE FISH.
Dinner for 3: $60
The look on my moms face when she asked our server what the tasteless, white thing on her plate was, then was informed it was fish: Priceless!
Other than the deceiving explanation, this dish was good. The chicken was crispy and wasn’t covered with a large amount of breading. The sauce was thick and that perfect balance of sweet and sour.
Tip: If you put something as significant as fish in a dish, put it on the menu, please!
Bu Lkogi: Thinly sliced tender rib eye marinated in Korean barbecue sauce. The flavor of the steak was slightly sweet and delicious. The marinade made the steak super tender. The only thing I wished for was a little more sauce so I asked the server for a side of Teriyaki which took the dish to the next level. The fresh fruit garnish lightened up the fact that you were eating rib eye.
Dolsot Bibimbab: Assorted vegetables over rice with beef and fried egg baked
in hot stone bowl served with Korean hot paste on the side. This was my brother’s pick and I almost wished I would’ve ordered one for myself. First of all, the fact that the food is cooked in a hot stone bowl and comes sizzling to your table is amazing. The dish reminded me of a deconstructed or layered fried rice. Once it arrived at the table, my brother mixed up all the ingredients and broke the egg yolk. Bibimbab means “mixed rice” and that is exactly what this tasty dish is.
What I liked about Wasabi is that you had your choice of Korean or Japanese dishes. It was really slow for being a Saturday afternoon and because of that service lacked slightly. However, I was really impressed with the unique (to me) menu items and the fresh homemade fruit sake. We tried the Pineapple and Ginseng flavors and there were pretty good. I have frequented many Japanese places, but now I can add a Korean restaurant to my list. Thanks, Wasabi.