by Kat Robinson
More sushi, sorry. Readers have pointed out to me that my assessment of sushi bars in Little Rock wouldn’t be complete until I had dined at Wasabi. So the hubster and I gave it a shot.
The little modern eatery across from the Statehouse Convention Center is hard to park near, but is in a good location for pedestrian traffic. We were able to quickly find a seat around one that Friday.
There are many lunch specials on the menu. I was tempted to try the Tempura Platter ($6) but instead decided on the Wasabi Lunch Box ($7.95). The hubster went for the 2 Quick Sushi Roll Lunch ($7.95). We also chose a roll off the sushi menu separately.
My lunch came with a cold house salad with a ginger dressing. It was better than most ginger dressings, but there sure was a lot of liquid in my bowl.
Lunch came out rather quickly. The hubster’s 2 Quick Roll Lunch was 16 pieces of maki, half California roll and half Spicy Tuna. The California roll was typical but with Masago rolled on the outside. The Spicy Tuna was definitely spicy.
My own Wasabi Lunch Box came with the expected four pieces of California Roll, chicken in a Hoisin-based sauce, white rice and the daily special -- which this day was a beef tenderloin stir-fry. I was very surprised that the special would be another protein, but I wasn’t disappointed. Bits of black pepper and garlic nicely seasoned the beef, carrots, broccoli and onions, a decent savory for the sweetness of the chicken.
The big surprise, though, was yet to come. That was the Stop Drop and Roll ($10.50), which included soft-shelled crab, crawfish and asparagus. The asparagus was a little crispier than I might normally like. The crab was fine, but the crawfish… well, yeah, there was some crab boil involved there. While not too spicy at first, the heat ramped up after consumption and required a liberal application of iced tea to quell it.
What I hadn’t seen was the sign on the wall advertising the Volcano Roll 2. Our server told us it was fried twice and is a big favorite. Well, something to try next time.
The prices at Wasabi are a little strange. While some items are nicely priced, others are a bit more expensive. But the rolls seem to be longer than what you get most places, so I suppose that balances out.
You’ll find Wasabi at Main and Markham just down from the River Market. It’s open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. (501) 374-0777.