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Wasabi Asian Plates & Sushi Bar
12 West Main St, Somerville
Hours: Mon–Thurs, 11:30 am–10 pm; Fri, 11:30 am–11 pm; Sat, 3–11 pm; Sun, 3–9:30 pm.
Style: Trendy lounge with black booths, sparkling lights and minimalist metal décor; Pan-Asian cuisine, specializing in sushi.
Don’t Miss: Start off with a tall glass of Sapporo ($6), a classic Japanese beer served on tap. For a taste of South Asia, try the samosas appetizer ($5.50), deep-fried vegetarian curry dumplings with cilantro sauce. The sushi bar is known for its freshness and consistency, so don’t miss the sashimi dinner ($21), twenty pieces of assorted fish and shellfish such as yellowtail, salmon, giant clam, and squid-wrapped tuna. In the mood for something more inventive? Try one of the special maki, like the salmon tobbiko ($8.50), which has spicy salmon and avocado inside and a rainbow of caviar outside, or the Spider roll ($8.75), filled with deep-fried soft shell crab, avocado, cucumber, scallions, and caviar. For landlubbers, there are noodle and meat dishes. Try classic chicken teriyaki ($14) or the wok-seared beef ($21) sautéed with black bean shrimp paste and a touch of Remy Martin X.O. sauce. A must-have dessert is the mochi ice cream ($6.50), a Japanese confection made from mochi (pulverized sticky rice) with an ice cream filling. Choose from vanilla, chocolate, green tea, red bean, or mango.
Heads Up: Since it opened in 2004, the restaurant has had a steady stream of busy nights, so call ahead for a table. While the floor plan is open, it’s still possible to have an intimate meal. There are also a limited number of seats at the sushi bar.
The Scoop: Forgot to make a reservation? Wait at the bar, which has an enticing selection of cocktails that beg to be tasted.
12 West Main St
Trendy lounge with black booths, sparkling lights and minimalist metal decor; Pan-Asian cuisine, specializing in sushi
Cuisines: Japanese, Malaysian/Indonesian