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The argument for authenticity in a restaurant can be negated by a single question: is the food any good? In the case of Wasabi, the food is exceptional, and it doesn’t hurt that the interior – a faithful replica of a modern izakaya, complete with a well-stocked manga library – is so precise that you’ll be knocked for six to find yourself back among the Abu Dhabi roadworks at the end of the evening. Points are also awarded for maintaining a lively and relaxed atmosphere. Japanese restaurants are often treated with a peculiar reverence, so it’s nice to find somewhere in the capital that swings to the sound of Japanese salarymen letting their fringes hang loose. As far as the menu is concerned, you can’t go wrong with the sashimi, which is arguably the finest in the capital. The plates of yakitori are also worth a mention, piled heavy and high enough to be a main course for most people, though served here as a side dish. Best of all, Wasabi is a top-class restaurant that won’t break the bank, which is more than you could say for its equivalent in Tokyo. So much for authenticity.

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff
Time Out Abu Dhabi,

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