While in Cancun, it is quite possible (and sometimes quite tempting) to stay for a week and never leave your resort, much less the well-trafficked Zona Hotelera. But doing so at the cost of not trying some of the more unique culinary offerings, especially away from the posturing pseudo-glitz of the hotel strip, would be a mistake. Wazaaabi, situated just west of the lagoon in Plaza Peninsula, is certainly a restaurant that is worth venturing out for. Their extensive menu and high quality sushi could easily compete with the sushi houses of San Francisco or New York in all categories but one: Wazaaabi's prices are probably half of what you'd find in those larger cities. Their citrus-spiked house soy sauce and spicy edamame are just a few of the many pleasant variants that give their sushi a unique twist, and the patio seating, live music, and outdoor bar make for a surprisingly enjoyable ambience despite the lack of any real scenery to speak of aside from the adjoining restaurants. While the indoor part of the restaurant is currently under construction (they are adding private karaoke rooms), it did not interfere with the dining experience. The generosity and graciousness of the manager, Eric, are on par with the finest restaurant service I've received in any city, and if your Spanish isn't perfect he is more than happy to help with English translations or any menu questions. This level of service and personal attention came despite the fact that every table was full. He even had a personal printed sign awaiting us at our table, which was ready immediately on our arrival for our reservation. The fact that we had a large group didn't slow them down a bit. If you're in Cancun and hungry for Sushi, this should definitely be your first stop. It may not be as familiar to your hotel concierge as Margaritaville, but don't let their blank stares, or your cab driver's, deter you (have the address ready). Wazaaabi is a great and authentic Cancun experience, as unique as it is spelled.
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