As I get to work my way through what Orlando has to offer in Sushi, I’ll be dropping by here and adding a thread in this forum. Due to the nature of my job, I get to eat out A LOT, on the road and home in Orlando. This is my opinion based on what I saw and ate all around. When it comes to Japanese cuisine, other than Miso and the occasional serving of Edamame, I only eat sashimi and sushi.
I’ll start with Wazzabi, just because I ate there today and many here know the place
Honestly, I’ve been disappointed with Wazzabi. I gave that place 4 chances and it never wowed me. The fish was on and off but the rice was never properly seasoned.
This is not your average strip mall sushi place; it is large and nicely decorated. The sushi bar is huge and can seat at least 15. The seating area outside is furnished with carved large pieces of wood for seats and tables. I sat there once and didn’t find it comfortable. I recall that the temperature was a little chilly inside one time. It was comfortable when we visited today. The location is good and accessible. Complimentary valet outside, which seemed unnecessary since the parking is right there. No optional self parking on that lot.
Service was good; we were seated fast and relatively well attended to.
I find it alarming though when you glance at the sushi bar and can’t tell the sushi chef from the bus boy. I didn’t converse with those behind the bar to be able to tell if any is truly a sushi chef. A place as large as Wazzabi should have at least 2 or 3 authentic chefs.
Maybe they have chefs, not good chefs though. A good sushi chef pays as much attention to his rice as much as he does to the fish. The seasoning was off in at least 3 out of the 4 times I was there. The fish on today’s Rainbow Roll fell off as soon as the waitress laid the boat on the table, the tuna was a pale pinkish red and what they call a volcano roll looked like (and tasted like) a supermarket California roll with coleslaw on top. I didn’t feel like shedding extra $15 to try the Toro today. The sake, saba and hamachi tasted ok.
This probably would be the last time we visit Wazzabi any time soon…. This time for real.