Fargo-Moorhead’s Foodie Friday: What’s up, Wasabi!

Sushi… Seriously. Who doesn’t LOVE sushi?

Specialty Roll

Well, I guess there are a lot of people who are freaked out by the whole uncooked fish thing… but I LOVE SUSHI! And I don’t care who knows it! BTW, when I refer to sushi I mean the rolls… I know, rolls are not technically authentic sushi… but only true sushi aficionados are really picky about using proper language. So for this blog, cut me a break.

Now I know what you’re thinking… Sushi in Fargo? Really? Fargo is smack dab in the middle of the United States, so far from an ocean that even the “fresh” seafood in the grocery store has been flash frozen, stuffed in a box, shipped halfway across the country and thawed for visual effect. But trust me… Wasabi Sushi & Asian Grill knows how to make some tasty rolls!

Crazy Cajun Roll

Crazy Cajun Roll – Courtesy of Wasabi via Facebook

Wasabi is discretely located at 623 NP Avenue in Fargo behind the Drunken Noodle (that’s another blog). As you walk through the front doors you really have to walk through “The Noodle” to get to the sushi and Asian goods. It’s a little strange, but again, trust me. Make your way back to the huge sign stating “SUSHI” that hangs over the doors as you enter. Once in, you have the choice of sitting at the sushi bar or at a traditional table. I’m a table kind of girl because I think bars of any kind create difficult conversation. The choice is yours.

The menu offers excellent options for appetizers, Asian entrees, basic rolls, sushi and specialty rolls. I always go for some Yaki Gyoza (Japanese style dumplings – steamed, please!) and the specialty rolls. The menu offers some “Wasabi Originals” that always offer a tasty mix of fish, veggies and sauces. I’ve never been disappointed in the special rolls. The basic rolls are very standard. If you do a combo of one basic and one specialty roll, eat the basic first. The specialty rolls are so full of flavor that the basics are bland in comparison.

Besides the great selection of rolls and Asian dishes, Wasabi offers a great atmosphere and a full drink menu, including saké in hot and cold versions. Saké, pronounced sah-kay, is an alcohol that is fermented from rice and is often considered a type of wine. This Japanese drink is served in a small ceramic decanter with a small cup like the one seen below. It’s a really interesting flavor that is not at all like grape wines. I suggest giving some saké a try with your roll… as long as you are experimenting.

Image courtesy of Fianna Village Liquor via Google Images

Image courtesy of Fianna Village Liquor via Google Images

I should also mention, for those of you who are not sushi fans, Wasabi offers some great cooked items as well! Entrees range from Chicken or Tofu Teriyaki to Beef Bulgogi (a marinated beef dish) and even include some salad options. For you newbies to sushi, give the California roll a try. California rolls contain cooked crab meat, cucumber and avocado and are a great intro into the flavors of sushi. As you peruse the menu, you will see some things you may not have tried before – seaweed and miso – and others that you have never heard of – tobiko and siracha – so be sure to ask your friendly waiter for some clarification as needed!

All in all, Wasabi is a great experience with awesome flavors to share with you! Check them out next time you are having a craving for some Asian food!

Wasabi Sushi & Asian Grill
623 NP Avenue
Fargo, ND 58102

Entrees $10-$15
Basic Rolls $5-$7
Specialty Rolls $11-$15

Monday – Thursday 11am-9pm
Friday & Saturday 11am – 10pm
Sunday 12pm – 8pm

Reservations accepted. I encourage them for Weekend evenings.