After much debate as to where to eat and what not, we opted for Wasa Sushi (in The Bluffs shopping center) in Newport. Runners-up locales included Sage, Javier's, The Bungalow, Cafe Zoolu (sp?), but our guest ended up wanting some sushi.
Not knowing the restaurant stopped seating people at 9, we cut it a little close, but never felt rushed or as though we had to get out of there. The hostess was delightful, and took time out of what was a totally full house Tuesday night to highlight the renowned items on the menu. She said the desserts were also outstanding, but by the time we finished, we were so full!
Here's what the three of us ordered:
Negimayaki - grilled asparagus and green onions rolled in thinly sliced rib eye, grilled and sauteed in our house teriyaki sauce, served over a bed of steamed carrots and Chinese long beans - $7.95 (6 pieces total and LOTS of veggies and a yummy sauce).
Tustin Roll - spicy tuna, cucumber, crunchy style with eel sauce - $6.95
Dragon roll - california roll topped with baked eel, avocado, and eel sauce - 10.95
Ninja Roll - deep fried soft shell crab, avocado, cucumber, radish sprouts, yamagobo, smelt egg served with ponzu sauce - $8.95
Caterpillar Roll - baked eel, cucumber, topped with avocado and eel sauce - $8.95
Halibut (sushi) - $3.65
Sweet shrimp (sushi) - $5.45
Bluefin tuna (sushi) - $4.75
Yellowtail (sushi) - $3.95
And the best part, the Wasa treasures sampler plate:
Treasure Sampler - Albacore Tataki with Ginger Sauce, Ahi Tuna with Wasabi Sour Cream and Atlantic Salmon with Mild Miso Sauce - 6.50
The treasures, IMHO, are the true selling point for Wasa. The sauces make you want to lick the plate, and coupled with the fresh fish, is wonderfully complimentary (but not overpowering). I was somewhat astonished by the relatively cheap prices for this joint, and even more astonished that our total bill, for three people, including a couple glasses of pretty expensive wines and some beer, totaled $105.
The only thing that did not impress me was that one of our rolls was not rolled very well (I think it was the Catepillar roll). Just a lot of gaps between the contents, the nori and the rice, and the rice fell apart quite easily off the roll. Made for a mess, to be sure!
Anyway, this is my first OC sushi and roll experience, and I give the place two thumbs up. Again, the rolls and sushi aren't earth shatteringly amazing, but the Wasa treasures very inventive, tasty, and at a great price.
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Thanks again, 'Hounds, for posting on this place earlier!