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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
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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Romantic

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Posted by: Amani on 25 Sep ' 13 at 12:09
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

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I've been going there often, and I have to say I LOVE that place! Perfect degrees of privacy, excellent selection, service, flavors...the list goes on. this is my PERFECT go-to sushi place in Abu Dhabi.

Posted by: Bernard on 27 Jan ' 12 at 08:59
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Ambience is perfect. Must try the crispy sushi. Staff respond to your needs off the bat.

Posted by: nesrine on 10 Jul ' 11 at 06:07
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

super amazing !! loved the food, best i ever had!! so fresh!

Posted by: Greg on 10 Jun ' 11 at 13:31
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

My wife and I had what was probably the best Japanese food experience of our lives at the Wasabi. The food is most definitely a cut above the competition's and the service, while not stellar, was certainly adequate enough. Each table has a pager for summoning your server.

However, the location is horrific: good luck getting there and then finding a place to park. We eventually had no choice but to use the neighboring Sheraton's valet parking service and then hike over in the heat.

We'll go back when the weather is cooler or when all the surrounding construction work is finally finished.

Posted by: Gala Marseiile on 21 Nov ' 10 at 16:13
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Best Japonese rest in town WELL DONE!

Posted by: Jose on 06 Nov ' 10 at 09:04
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

never tried before japanese food and I love this place, I feel like travelling to Japan... arigato!

Posted by: US Epicure on 25 Sep ' 10 at 16:52
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

So after reading the good reviews, we decide to try Wasabi for a birthday dinner. Worst dining experience in Abu Dhabi thus far. We waited (and waited, and waited) for an hour for miso soups that never appeared, spring rolls that were apparently a figment of our imaginations and only got two of the four suhi rolls that we ordered. Don't bother, run down location in the middle of horrible construction with marginal and expensive sushi.For these prices and a MUCH better experience, head to their sister location, Toki, in the Hilton hotel.

Posted by: Savio on 13 Sep ' 10 at 12:52
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Been to a lot of Sushi places around the world (but not in Japan) and I give this place my Thumbs up when it comes to Abu Dhabi; Dubai definitely has many more restaurants but this ones really cosy and the staff are really friendly and knowledgeable about the different dishes. However for some of you who dont like Mayo in your sushi, be sure to ask....

Posted by: Fatima on 11 Apr ' 10 at 12:00
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

1 of my favorite sushi palces, nicely served very tasty, have karaoke room (nice to go with friends), pleasent service, but the issues that many construction work going on at the mean while, its difficult to reach there.

Posted by: Zacata on 16 Feb ' 09 at 14:38
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I just want to back up the review. I ate there last night and this place is great. It's always a good sign when there are loads of Japanese people eating there when you walk in. Very nice, very Japanese, and excellent Sushi. The menu has plenty of other Japanese dishes for those who aren't into it but like Asian food. I thought it was terrific value, especially for Ab Dab.

If you are in town and want to get your Sushi on don't miss it. One note is that it is a bit hard to get to at the moment because of the road construction. You can't actually see it from the street but don't let that stop you.

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