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Go Wasabi in Astoria, not worth the price!!

Titan May 29, 2004 09:47 PM

I had some Sushi delivery the other day from Go Wasabi in Astoria. The sushi was slim and tiny. Also, rice was almost al dente (good for pasta but not for sushi). Worse yet, my sushi set was supposed to contain a piece or two of yellowtail which was nowhere to be found. Instead, there was a piece of tilapia or stripe bass. Yellowtail is too expensive they didn't put it in although they clearly advertise that the sushi set comes with yellowtail. I was still hungry after spending almost $20.

I will stick with Tokyo for sushi in Astoria. I usually get full and satisfied for much less money.

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    Daniels von Daniels Jun 4, 2004 04:31 AM

    I agree that go wasabi is not worth the price.

    Shima, on Broadway, is a much better deal, and they tend to have some interesting specials.

    I suppose now I have to try Tokyo. Where is it?

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    1. re: Daniels von Daniels
      titan Jun 4, 2004 08:38 AM

      Tokyo is on 24th ave. bet. 31St. and 32St.

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        muppetdiva Jun 25, 2004 10:52 AM

        Although I was happy to see a nearby sushi place, I"m not gonna bother. I was skeptical already...isn't it a chain? As for Tokio on Astoria Blvd, it's okay, but nothing to write home about (which would be here, I suppose!) I'm looking forward to checking out JJ's Fusion, recently posted here.

        1. re: muppetdiva
          babar ganesh Jun 25, 2004 05:47 PM

          i liked JJ's fusion -- it's certainly an adventurous place given the neighborhood, and it's trying very hard. i think it falls into the "just a bit off" category -- everything was just a bit off. hopefully it's going to hit a good stride, though -- promising.

      2. re: Daniels von Daniels
        npverni Dec 3, 2006 04:48 PM

        Tokyo is in Japan. Try that Spicy C and S at Go Wasabi before you make reservations, its

        *worth it*

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        Colleen Jul 13, 2004 09:33 PM

        I beg to differ with you. Being that my husband is Japanese from Japan, we only go to restaurants usually run by Japanese sushi chefs. We made an exception for Go Wasabi. The size of the fish is the same size that you would get at most other good sushi restaurants in Manhattan. I went to Sushi Den in Manhattan which has a huge reputation for one of the best places to get raw fish from and you know what, the price was twice as much for half the amount of fish, and it wasn’t as good. The fish taste good at Go Wasabi, it taste fresh, so fresh and yummy and leaves no fishy after taste in my mouth. I have ordered their biggest meal for Sashimi which is $18, and wasn’t able to eat all of it because it filled me up. I have ordered from Tokyo and I would never order from there again. The order that I got was too warm making the fish slimy feeling and it didn’t taste good, they don't keep it cold enough. As for Shima on Broadway, I don't like all the cockroaches that run all over the place. Haven’t gone in there once and not seen a cockroach running around, even once in the case with all the raw fish. I have always got what I have asked for when ordering from Go Wasabi and they usually even give me more then the order is supposed to come with. I love eating there.

        If you want a place that serves BIG slices of fish then you should check out Shiraku in Manhattan in East Village. They cater more to the American version of what they think Sushi and Sashimi is.

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        1. re: Colleen
          Disappointed Jul 30, 2004 09:01 PM

          I am sorry but I totally disagree with you. Go Wasabi has the TINEST SUSHI/SASHIMI I've ever eaten and I know most of the good restaurants in Manhattan have resonable size for their sushi for the SAME PRICE!!So be careful when placing your order at Go Wasabi: you might order a SHRIMP tempura and get a SHRINK tempura insted.

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          megc Dec 3, 2006 05:27 PM

          I don't really care for Go Wasabi, mainly because I find the rice so dry and unappealing. I much prefer Watawa, and for sushi gluttony, Ginza on Steinway. Was there a few weeks ago and had All You Can Eat sushi (and apps, soup, and salad) for $16.95! It was a deal, for sure. And quite tasty.

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            babar ganesh Dec 3, 2006 05:44 PM

            everyone here is arguing over which sushi in astoria is the least horrible, right? though i haven't tried ginza.

            1. hotdishandkimchi Dec 5, 2006 09:11 PM

              I mean come on, it's a KOREAN owned "Japanese" restaurant. Of course it's not that good! I would stick with the Korean dishes on the menu like bibimbap and bulgogi, both of which are totally acceptable. Not mind-blowing by any stretch, but acceptable. And PS, what is up with that tempura-ed beef negimaki???

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                astoriafoodie Dec 28, 2006 09:39 PM

                Bai, at 37th and Broadway, is the best of the lot. Nice owners.

                1. Dave_G Dec 30, 2006 03:04 AM

                  Shima used to be decent, and we haven't seen cockroaches there, at least the 5 or so times we were there. However, they no longer have any sushi on Saturdays -- hard finding a sushi chef on the weekends? I don't know, but very disappointed.

                  We recently tried Watawa, which was decent and doing good business on a Saturday afternoon. All 3 sushi chefs there at the time were Chinese, but competent with the knives and the sushi tasted fine. The nabeyaki udon was also great -- a large metal pot of noodle soup with perfectly cooked udon, tender-crisp vegetables, etc. Will go back next time we're in need of sushi in Queens on a Saturday.

                  1. rara Dec 30, 2006 03:06 PM

                    the only place i've been to in Astoria for sushi is JJ's, i have to say i'm a huge fan...the fish is always fresh, the service is good and it's got a nice ambiance. They're never too crowded either, even on weekends...give them a chance! you' won't be dissapointed.

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