Wasabi is one of those rare restaurants which takes you
to another place as soon as you enter through the doors.
Outside, a neighbourhood of wonderful Victorian
houses; inside, you could well be in Japan. The décor
is slightly tongue in cheek, with a plethora of smiling
waving cats behind the bar area, but with a Japanese
essence throughout, blending modern canteen-style
eating with traditional lanterns (sit at the back, and you
can watch the chefs cook and prepare your food).

It’s not just about atmosphere here though – the food
is equally central to the whole experience. The top of
the Wasabi menu confidently states: ‘Japanese cuisine
is famous for its ability to delight and satisfy even the
most health- conscious diner.’ Wasabi has really taken this to heart. Indeed, eating here is almost too good to be true. With food so light (and small dishes starting at £1.90), its all too easy to spend the entire evening here eating, eating, eating, and never feel uncomfortably ‘full’. The menu has an incredible variety of choice, that speaks not of a desire to try to please everyone, but purely of the chefs’ ability.

If you’re a sushi fan, the only diffi culty will be where to start – though the 10 piece Nigiri Sushi is highly recommended (£10.80). If you’re not, there is so much more, from vegetarian Yaki Udon noodles to Teriyaki
Chicken. The ultimate all-rounder has to be the Wasabi
Bento Box – a delightful lacquered open box, with
separate compartments for Tuna and Salmon Sashimi, Chicken Teriyaki, Pork in Breadcrumbs, Rice, Miso soup, Californian Rolls – it could easily feed two
and only costs £12.90. Washed down with crisp Japanese beer, or warm sake in earthenware beakers and cups, and finished with fresh Japanese tea, neither you or your wallet will leave feeling empty.