Wednesday, April 10, 2013

WASAN - Authentic Japanese Restaurant

This little restaurant in the East Village has a very small sign on its door.  You might pass it.  Located on 4th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues.  In the past few weeks, I've returned to this restaurant because their dishes are not the usual you see in other Japanese restaurants.  And best of all, I find it reasonable for what they have to offer.  Supposedly, in Japan, the good restaurants do not have big signs.
Look at the door knob on the left arched door. That's how small the sign is for this restaurant.

As a sushi aficionado, I had to order a hamachi sashimi with jalapeno sauce as shown in their menu
We ordered the dessert that had beans.  Here, the beans is the bed where the delicate light "mochiko" desserts are served.  It is a nice light dessert. And the beans are not the usual red.  This is more black and it's deliciously delicate.
One of my favorites is this fried oyster where they pour a very light delicious broth on top when it gets to your table to be served.  It's usually the special for Thursday nights.  But I've seen it too on Saturdays.
For those who love foie gras, this is the Japanese way they serve it.  I think it's glazed with some soy or teriyaki type sauce laid on a piece of endive with sushi rice.
They do have a wonderful large salad, but tonight, I opted for their Brussels sprouts with gooey cheese
On the right is the way they present the eel dish.  It is more substantial than the usual eel sushi.

On the right is their version of the sukiyaki.  I notice it did not have the thick cellophane-like noodles. 

And if you love cooked fish, you can order the Hamachi collar which can either be deep fried or grilled upon request.  This alone makes a good size meal.
This place reminds me of some places I've eaten in, in Tokyo.  They also offer Japanese cooking lessons in the premise but in Japanese or Nipponggo.

TO EAT HERE IS LIKE EATING IN A TAPAS BAR.  The portions are not very big and can be shared if you wish.  For this most recent dinner, I opted for eating what you ordered instead of sharing it.

108 E 4th St
(between 1st Ave & 2nd Ave)
New York, NY 10003
Neighborhood: East Village
(212) 777-1978


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