Having spent more than 20 years in Japan and with a Japanese wife, I think it's fair to say that we can tell good Japanese food from bad. We've had the bad in Dublin (you know who you are!). But Wasabi is (almost) without exception as close as you'll get to authentic Japanese food in Ireland. Delicious tempura, noodle dishes, donburi (rice bowl) dishes, teriyaki and sushi. You won't find a wide range of Japanese drinks, but some basic sake, umeshu (plum liquour) and beer are enough for me.
I've sometimes wondered whether authentic Japanese food is actually what the Irish palette wants. We've booked Wasabi a couple of times but have never seen it full. I think it's also partly down to a failure to aggressively market the place. Which is a shame, because I'd hate to see it close due to lack of business. There is usually a Japanese person working, which is nice, though they tend to be working-holiday visitors.
I did say "almost", and the menu items that disappointed were surprising - the white rice and the wasabi of all things! The former tasted like it had been left for a day in the rice cooker, and the wasabi was the cheap stuff out of a tube rather than freshly grated. We mentioned both things to the staff so maybe they will have improved. The tofu also wasn't great but then where can you possibly get fresh tofu in Ireland?
A variety of online and print vouchers have made many trips to Wasabi a no-brainer for us. But even without them we will continue to be regulars.
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