Before sushi proved how delightful rolled-up food could be, fish had been served folded over rice and woven into a basket. Celebrate piscine innovation with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of sushi and other Japanese fare at Wasabi Sushi & Asian Grill. Choose from two locations:
- Pontchartrain Boulevard in the West End
- Frenchman Street in the French Quarter
Wasabi—which was recently profiled by NOLA.com—puts its fleet of seasoned culinary artisans in full view at its expansive sushi bar, which turns out an all-encompassing menu of both modern and traditional sushi offerings. More than 30 rolls span the selection; enlist old standbys such as the california roll ($4.50) or get adventurous by trying the French Quarter roll ($13.95) and then trying to pick up your water with chopsticks. Meanwhile, fresh salmon or tuna sashimi ($10.50) arrives on a chaise of rice. Diners can also dip into a bowl of gyoza noodles accented by dumplings, vegetables, and beef ($11.50) or skewer wasabi-honey shrimp served with rice ($12.50 for lunch; $16.50 for dinner). In between attempts to recite the Japanese alphabet while gargling warm sake and cold Far East beers, guests can gaze at the traditional Japanese artwork that adorns the restaurant’s walls.
Wasabi Sushi Restaurant & Bar
Wasabi Sushi Restaurant & Bar’s cooks skillfully roll fresh sushi, grill up hearty teriyaki steaks, and cook elaborate Japanese noodle dishes. The kitchen adorns plates with delicate pyramids of battered tempura shrimp, artfully arranged slices of tender beef tempura, and colorful avocado rolls engraved with curator’s notes. Familiar dishes, such as yaki soba and california rolls, share table space alongside more traditional Japanese treats of sea urchin, albacore, or oshinko-garnished eel.