I feel like sushi is one of those foods that is hotly contested--people either love it or they hate it, and some people swear that you pay for what you get when it comes to quality (two of my friends have still not resolved that debate). Never one to stick my nose up and walk past smaller, not-so-high end sushi places, I figured I’d give Wasabi Sushi Philadelphia a try. Maybe I just don’t have as refined of a palate (hahaha), but I don’t have a problem with cheap sushi.
Located in the suburban-esque Philadelphia neighborhood of Somerton, Wasabi definitely well-loved among many locals. What originally blew me away when I first took a glance at the Wasabi menu were the sushi roll prices--they definitely lived up to their reputation for being affordable. But beyond the prices, I was also definitely pleasantly surprised by all of the variety Wasabi had to offer. Offering so much more than just sushi and the classic maki rolls, guests can also order from their selection of Thai food entrees, hibachi, bento boxes, and even salads.
But I had come with the intention to try their sushi, so stuck to the sushi portions of the menu. From looking at Wasabi reviews online, a popular roll that I figured I would try was the Sweet Potato Roll, so I ordered a Sweet Potato Roll and the Super Salmon Roll along with the Edamame appetizer and Seaweed Salad (to say I felt a little awkward as a small person ordering all of this to eat alone would be an understatement haha yikes!!!).
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The Edamame and Seaweed Salad were pretty good (though I’m not too sure how those could be made poorly), and nice to munch on as I waited for my rolls to come out. I didn’t have to wait too long, even though it was decently busy on a Thursday night around dinnertime. The Sweet Potato Roll came out first, and it was...fine? The idea of sweet potato in sushi was originally kind of strange to me, since it didn’t even have fish in it, but was literally just sweet potato and tempura. It was still good--don’t get me wrong, it just wasn’t as flavorful as I normally like my sushi to be. But for just $2.25, I definitely have no complaints, so attention any and all sweet potato lovers: this could definitely be the roll for you. (I don’t even think I’d ever heard of a Sweet Potato Roll before coming to Wasabi).
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The star of the show was definitely the Super Salmon Roll--with salmon, avocado, and cucumber on the inside and spicy salmon on top, it was definitely more up my alley. I love love love raw salmon in my sushi, and I was a big fan of how the roll had salmon on not just the inside but spiced salmon on the outside, as well. It was really flavorful and, like the Sweet Potato Roll, definitely comes at an unbeatable price. I got an 8 piece roll for just $6.25, and as far as I’m concerned, the fish tasted fresh and delicious--none of the fishy taste that sometimes comes with not-as-great sushi.
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I would definitely recommend Wasabi Sushi to anyone in the area looking for a nice hidden-gem of a sushi spot. You’d be hard pressed to find anywhere else that delivers fresh and tasty sushi for these prices, and with an extensive menu, there’s bound to be something for everyone. Even though I only came here once and ate in, from the reviews I’ve read online, Wasabi delivers consistently great-quality sushi and if you’re feeling a little lazy or want to order in to work, there’s also Wasabi delivery. Yummy, affordable sushi with fast delivery? I’m definitely on board.