It is a truth universally acknowledged that a Leeds city worker in possession of some spare cash for sushi at lunchtime will only be sorely disappointed. For a long time now I have been yearning for good quality sushi within a reasonable distance of my very central office. Well, now that is changing.
I and my work cohorts have been stalking the opening of Wasabi for months, sneaking glances in the windows to see how finished it is, making plans for a group visit when it opens. The time has finally come! And thank goodness because quite honestly, supermarket sushi is just awful; the rice hard and the variety pretty poor. I don’t normally review chain restaurants but for Wasabi I will make an exception. Since finding them in King’s Cross station I have been hooked. Their sushi is fresh and tasty and a reasonable price, plus I can make my own sushi selection and pick one of their noodle pots. Oh, and there’s gyoza, did I mention the gyoza?
Much to the jealousy of my Wasabi-loving colleagues, I was invited to the opening where I tried lots of sushi I wouldn’t normally have tried, like spicy salmon gunkan (which apparently is the word for battleship in Japanese which this sushi is shaped like), crabmeat and avocado hosomaki featured below. The crabmeat sushi is rolled in spring onion which I hadn’t seen before and tasted great without getting onion breath!
As I mentioned before, you can also buy noodle pots – just select one from the shelves and they will fill them up with broth. My favourites are the chicken teriyaki (featured below) and the prawn tempura ones. I really enjoyed the spicy chicken soumen – definitely going to try that when I go again.
We also tried some tasty snacks – not sure how these will be served up in the restaurant and they are not part of the noodle pots but the chicken gyoza are so delish – did not want to share with Mr LTT but we got the last ones!
I heard one of the team telling someone how delicious the dorayaki were so couldn’t resist trying one. It’s a like a pancake/whoopie pie filled with delicious sweet filling and was a nice end to the treats. I would never have picked it normally but these events allow me to widen my eating horizons, which can never be a bad thing.
And despite knowing the menu pretty well, let me just tell you I did not even know that the following thing existed. MIXED SESAME MILKSHAKE. It was sweet, it had that nutty toasted flavour, it was cool and soft as a cloud. Honestly I was blown away by it probably because I was so surprised I liked it. I’m not one for milkshakes much but I am still thinking about it now and I suspect I will probably dream about it later too. Do try one, you won’t be disappointed.
Wasabi opens in Leeds Trinity from Wednesday 19th Feb. It’s on the outside near BHS (next to Leeds United shop).
Disclaimer: I was invited to the preview evening and ate for free but opinions as ever are my own.