My wife had seen reviews of Wada before we headed to Paris. Sushi is not something we associate with Paris, or even France, but Wada received such rave reviews we decided to see if it was worth the hype and really comparable to what we take for granted (i.e., great sushi) in LA.
We were in for a shock, and then the delight. First, Wada is hard to find. Tucked among nondescript building facades across from a hotel -- at first we thought it must have closed. We had the address, so we kept searching, but the byzantine and often errant numbering system in Paris almost stymied us. But then we found it, ventured inside to find it empty -- or so we thought. Moving further into the tiny dining room we spied a lone figure in a back room, who turned out to be the proprietor, chef and waiter all in one. No other diners were present, which seemed odd at 9 pm on a Friday night, but on the strength of prior TripAdvisor reviews we stayed, and oh are we happy we did. We selected a combination of sushi, sashimi and some starters, the specifics of which would be selected by the chef -- that is, the "trust me" tradition of sushi the world over. We were delighted and amazed by the quality, variety and excellence of what we were served. What a delightful evening. When we left a small gratuity in addition to the unusually reasonable price of the meal (indeed, remarkably reasonable for both Paris and for sushi) we were greeted by prolific thank yous and bows, making us feel like departing royalty. By the way, other diners joined us after a while, which we took to mean that dinner in Paris is even later on weekend. evenings. If you need a break from French fare, or just a sushi fix far away from home, definitely make the effort to find Wada. What a delight it is.