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Wasabi at City Walk

Stan | Aug 9, 2004 09:29 PM

I had never been to City Walk, and this made me feel uninformed. So I went for a visit. City Walk is a place for people who want things to be big and loud. And hey, who doesn't want things to be big and loud from time to time? Needing to take a short break from the sensory saturation of the place, I ducked into a Japanese restaurant there called Wasabi at City Walk. Outside it's big like everyplace else, with big fake-typewriter letters reading "Best Sushi in LA ..." with no attribution, but inside it is surprisingly un-themed, pretty much just a square box with a sushi bar in one corner. The menu as you'd expect is largely rolls. I got the unagi domburi. It was a little expensive but not absurd. It came with a small but nice enough salad and a not very good cup of miso soup. The unagi was actually perfectly good. The rice, however, was awful, wet and sticky and unappetizing and creating an oppressive lump in my stomach. Afterward I commenced my second walk-through of the City Walk maelstrom, this time looking up at the architecture the whole time and stopping in at all of the restaurants. The guy who designed the place, Jon Jerde, believes in amping everything up to the max, and even well-established restaurant brands have gone through a process of loudening in the City Walk environment. This process seems quite interesting at first, what with the bigness of it all, but careful study reveals how mechanical it mostly is. I can't imagine it helps the chow.

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