Atlanta >Bars & Clubs > Wasabi Sushi Wine & Ake Lounge
184 Walker St SW, Atlanta, GA | Directions 3031333.750903 -84.398671
Neighborhoods: Northeast, Northeast, Castleberry Hill
Some of Atlanta's best sushi in Castleberry Hill. – In Short
Sporting an ultra mod décor and a fish-only menu, this is exactly what a sushi spot in an industrial loft district should be. Stark white plastic tables and chairs and cherry red mono-color wall hangings are the dominating design schemes in the Castleberry shoebox. Matching the sleek, deco design the menu follows suit with a sushi-only selection. Don’t look for overly-sauced rolls or teriyaki chicken, this is miles from the Americanized Ru Sans. Of the nigiri offerings, hamachi (yellowtail snapper) is buttery and silken, and worth a second round. Along with the serious fish selections, whimsical rolls still get a douse of fun (bubble gum roll) without losing integrity. The sunset strip roll combines salmon, shrimp and spicy hamichi, while the standard tuna and eel rolls come out at perfect temperature.
Great sushi in a cool industrial artistic 'hood – This is exactly what you'd expect from a sushi restaurant in one of Atlanta's most artistic-friendly neighborhoods. Castleberry Hill is a loft district, and fittingly Wasabi has a minimalist modern interior and a simple sushi menu. The sushi menu is all raw fish, and don't expect to find any kind of tempura or noodle dishes for the non-sushi fan.
And that's why I like Wasabi. It knows it's place in the Atlanta dining scene. It does a great octopus salad, has a few special rolls and does different drink specials every night. It's not as authentic as somewhere like Tomo or Ege, but it's miles away from Ru Sans or Harry and Sons.
I've found I really like my sushi to have a little kick to it, so I go with the Bulls Eye roll, which gets stuffed with eel and some type of crunchy mixture, then topped with yellowtail, a sliver of jalepano and a dollop of sriracha sauce. It's a wonderful combination between the sweet eel and the spice that comes on the back end.
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