On Friday I took my long-overdue first trip to Watanabe in Riverside Village. I really am surprised that it took me so long since I used to spend a fair amount of time lamenting the lack of sushi on the East Side (outside of the somewhat schizophrenic Batter'd and Fried).
The space is sleek and cool, and the menu has plenty of affordable options (even if some of the entrées seemed a little pricey for my budget). My companion and I split some vegetable gyoza to start and they came out hot and fresh--with an excellent contrast between the tender skin and the pan-sear.
Then we tried out a couple sushi rolls, some of it familiar from Wave at B&F. They had a nice take on my favorite wimpy roll--no raw fish, fried stuff--the crunchy shrimp. (Not that I don't like the hard stuff.) Each piece was topped with a dot of wasabi mayonnaise.
Overall, it was a nice dining experience--and a great light, pre-partying meal. But hey, I was full enough to pass on Mas Tacos (sooo good; take notes Local Taco) at 2 a.m., so it must have been pretty satisfying.
Anyone else checked out Riverside Village's most recent resident?