The traditional method for preparing sushi requires slices of raw fish to be held over unlit fires in order to secure that signature “uncooked” flavor. Explore such innovative foodsmithing with today’s Groupon: For $15, you get $30 worth of Asian dinner fare and drinks at Wasabiya Japanese Cuisine on Baxter Avenue. Today's Groupon is valid for dinner only, which starts at 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Wasabiya’s skilled sushi chefs draw on years of experience rolling and stacking fresh ingredients to create what the Courier-Journal has called “the most innovative sushi dishes in the city.” The menu’s distinctive line-up serves its rolls raw, deep-fried, baked, or repeatedly poked with sticks by curious fifth-graders. Gird your tongue in a suit of armor and take on the asparagus, tuna, and ponzu sauce of the White Dragon ($11.95), which earns a double-chili-pepper spiciness rating—the equivalent of making out with the sun’s smiling face. Less fireproof palates, however, will prefer the Tropicana Spider ($9.95), fried soft-shell crab and avocado with mango and wasabi mayo pirouetting across the top, or eschew raw fish rolls entirely for a plate of grilled teriyaki red snapper ($14.95). The restaurant stocks libations for all persuasions so that you can wash down the wahoo with wine, beer, sake, or samurai shampoo.
To give a cozy vibe to its spacious seating, Wasabiya paints its brick walls a vibrant green and accents them with hanging lanterns. Adding an element of surprise to the experience is simpler than hotwiring an electric eel thanks to the restaurant’s sushi bar, which allows the chefs to get creative and improvise a sushi concoction based on a weird dream they had the night before.
- Tables are widely spaced for comfort, but try to get a place at the sushi bar, where you can watch as owner Shawn Shin and Boston-trained chef Henry Shin (no relation) create the most innovative sushi dishes in the city. – Marty Rosen, Courier-Journal
- We've eaten a LOT of sushi and sashimi all over the U.S., and to say that this was some of the freshest and best tasting sushi we had ever had would be an understatement! – Mark G., Yelp, 7/19/10
Wasabiya Japanese Cuisine
Head chefs Shawn and Henry Shin—who has been a chef since he was 19—curate Wasabiya Japanese Cuisine’s menu of traditional and contemporary Japanese food including more than 65 sushi rolls. Whether classically prepared, partially fried, or oven baked, each roll follows an inventive recipe. The New Orleans packs spicy crawfish and cucumber, and the Kentucky Derby unites spicy crab, shrimp, scallop, and cream sauce while 165,000 people watch you eat it. Wasabiya’s staff rounds out the menu with cooked entrees such steak sukiyaki and shrimp and vegetables battered in a light layer of tempura crunch.
962 Baxter Ave.
Louisville, Kentucky 40204Get Directions