On Saturday we found ourselves in Livermore and I was in the mood for sushi, so we settled on Bistro Wasabi. I have to admit we were a bit skeptical, a sushi place in a shopping center/mart didn’t sound too reassuring. We decided to be adventurous and try our luck with this seven-month-old sushi joint.
The Shut-Up-and-Give-it-to-Me-Quick Version:
We were pleasantly surprised; great sushi at amazing prices. I might need to find an excuse to head to Livermore more often.
The I-Like-to-be-Wrapped-Up-in-All-the-Details Version:
The restaurant is small (about 8 tables and four bar stools) and another couple beat us to the last open bar seats, so we put our name down and waited about 10 minutes before being seated. The place doesn’t have much décor, but is clean and doesn’t feel overly crowded. I noticed, right way, that the waitresses were very nice.
Their menu has quite a few dishes; they serve bento boxes, sushi rolls (hot and cold) and the standard sushi options (nigiri and sashimi). We stuck with just nigiri and some edamame. I, personally, don’t consider modern rolls with sauces and such, sushi. Don’t get me wrong, I like to indulge in a “sushi roll” every now and then, but in order to review a sushi restaurant it is essential to order sushi.
What we ate (and drank):
- Green tea (free)
- Edamame ($2.95)
- Hamachi nigiri (yellowtail) ($3.95)
- Sake nigiri (salmon) ($3.95)
- Hirame nigiri (Hirame) ($4.95)
- Toro nigiri (fatty tuna belly) ($10.95)
- Kuro nigiri (black snapper) ($3.95)
- Amaebi nigiri and fried heads (sweet shrimp) ($5.95)
- Spicy tuna hand rolls ($4.95 each)
The sushi, in general, was extremely fresh and melted in our mouths. The nigiri was really well served; the pieces of fish were quite long compared to other restaurants. Another positive note was the prices, my standard of great sushi at reasonable prices is Hide in Los Angeles, but Bistro Wasabi was even cheaper (I was shocked)! All the sushi was delicious, my favorites were the toro and sake. We asked for another order of the salmon because it was so good. I was very happy to find that they serve amaebi (sweet shrimp) with the fried heads. I don’t normally like shrimp nigiri, and won’t order it unless it is served with the heads, but this shrimp was great – not too chewy and had a good taste (I often find it lacks flavor). The sushi really spoke for itself and all the hesitation we had, turned into gleeful satisfaction. If you are in the area, this is a must try! And if for some reason you still need more convincing, there are premium outlets less than 10 minutes away. You can work up an appetite shopping and then delight yourself with some Bistro Wasabi.