Bistro Wasabi surprises with fresh flavors and a cool atmosphere – Shaw Local

From their first step inside, diners entering Bistro Wasabi may feel like they are not in a basic Lake in the Hills mall, but experiencing a bistro of Asian-inspired downtown.

This is evident in the cool, dim lighting of the sushi bar where diners can enjoy their meals while watching the chefs create colorful and interesting Japanese-inspired dishes for others.

On a recent visit, a friend and I enjoyed a few dishes, including beef rolls with asparagus ($9/$16). These are exactly as named, with a thinly sliced ​​New York strip loin steak wrapped around asparagus, and they’re delicious. Coated in a sweet teriyaki sauce, they are the perfect starter for a bite-sized meal full of flavor. Available in small and large portions, they can be turned into a main dish.

California Rolls, Kanikama, also known as Imitation Crab, Avocado and Cucumber.

I tried a California Roll ($7) made with kanikama, also known as imitation crab, avocado and cucumber. I’m not very adventurous when it comes to seafood, but for me it was fresh and tasty. What I really liked was that it was filling without making me feel stuffed.

Appetizer of golden prawns, steamed butterfly prawns with golden sauce and served on garlic rice.

My friend ordered the Golden Shrimp appetizer ($14). These are steamed butterfly prawns with a golden sauce, served over garlic rice. My friend said it was “absolutely the best golden shrimp from any Japanese restaurant because they place it on a bed of cooked rice with roasted garlic and parsley. It’s so fresh.

A sushi and maki platter, Sapporo Roll, made with a spicy mixture of crab and shrimp;  Cancun Roll, cooked shrimp, pico de gallo and avocado;  Rainbow Roll, crab, avocado, cucumber, masago, amberjack and raw salmon and tuna.

Next comes the main event: a platter of a variety of sushi and maki – lovely to look at and an experience to eat. My friend ordered a Sapporo Roll ($8), commenting that it would be “a favorite for those who like a slightly spicy mix of crab and shrimp; but don’t expect it to be really hot for those who like burning mouth.”

The Cancun Roll ($7) has cooked shrimp “and it really reminds me of something I ate in Cancun,” my companion said. It is made with prawns, pico de gallo and avocado.

The Rainbow Roll ($17) is made with raw crab, avocado, cucumber, masago, amberjack, salmon and tuna. “It was as fresh as ever, which is what you want at any sushi restaurant because it’s raw,” my friend said. “Everything was wonderful.”

Fried Rice, fried rice with a fried egg on top.

We also ordered a fried rice dish ($12) which was unlike any other fried rice I have ever eaten. Very tasty, it had a kind of sweetness and came with a fried egg on top. It was surprising and visually appetizing.

Of course, we started our visit with an order of warm, lightly salted edamame ($5), steamed soybeans, much like starting a meal with warm bread but lighter and less filling. This starter also comes in a spicy stir-fried version seasoned with chilli ($6).

We finished our meal with traditional Japanese Mochi ice cream scoops in assorted flavors including strawberries, cookies and cream. This dish is interesting, with scoops of ice cream covered in soft and fluffy mochi, a Japanese rice cake.

The restaurant also serves fully cooked dishes, such as teriyaki chicken ($18), New York steak (12 ounces at $34/16 ounces at $40) and rack of lamb (half $30/full $55 $).

Bistro Wasabi has two locations with varying menus and accepts reservations.

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WHAT: Wasabi Bistro

WHERE: 4590 W. Algonquin Road, Lake in the Hills, and 1578 W. Algonquin Road, Hoffman Estates

CALL: 847-515-2700, 847-202-1577, respectively


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