Having been showered with accolades since its establishment in the Hyde Park area of Cincinnati, Dancing Wasabi is a trendy Japanese cuisine place with a specialty for sushi. Created under the watchful guise of sushi chef Charlie Choi, this place serves good, fast lunch cuisine for the many small businesses and neighborhoods that pack this quarter of the suburbs. Most interestingly, it’s an early-morning meal option for the bustling surrounding nightlife; as late as 4 a.m. this place is a bustle with hungry bargoers looking for something good to eat. Sushi might not be the first thing that comes to mind after a night of drinks, but one way or another, day or night, Dancing Wasabi should be a destination.
The sushi is the real draw of the restaurant; it’s the thing you’ll be getting if you’re here late in the night. The basic items are pretty good, the California roll, the standard of sushi, is good, the vegetables are crisp and the crab is good. The firecracker roll, an enhanced version of the California roll featuring spicy tuna and some tempura, is a vastly tastier version. I tried a few similar kinds of sushi, and the ingredients are fresh, but the sushi is still about average. The rice is a little dry. The rolls are very small. It’s good enough, but if you’ve never tried one of the top-notch sushi establishments around the city, it just doesn’t add up.
The is also a sizeable menu of soups and salads as well as seafood, turf entrees, stir-fried rice bowls and teriyaki and some noodle dishes, a little of everything, really. The cuisine is decidedly favoring spicy dishes and fish. I feel that Dancing Wasabi has a great convenience factor in its food; it’s relatively quick, it’s pretty inexpensive and it’s open for a lot of the time that other places can’t handle, but the food remains only average. I will say that, for a person who is newer or more unfamiliar with sushi, these rolls are pretty tame compared with what else is out there.
The people at the restaurant are pleasant enough, even late at night they’re very accommodating and even on weekends when the crowd becomes a little rowdier.
People seem to be attracted to this place for its convenience. In that regard, it’s really got no competition in the area. On the other hand, though, if you’re sushi fanatics may not be so easily inspired by the menu. It really depends on what you value most.
- The sushi is what brings people here, but the specialty rolls are relatively tame options. It’s a pretty good choice if you’re new to sushi, though.
- You’ll really enjoy the convenience of having a place to eat sushi late at night. Really, that’s the thing people seem to know about this place.
- Also, keep in mind the soup, salad and seafood entrees. They’ll make a good lunch or dinner option.