Wasabi, I thought that it was another sushi restaurant, which would have been fine, but there are many sushi restaurants in the area, so I kind of put it on a back burner to visit at some future time. I found out recently though, that while wasabi has sushi, it focuses on small plates and specializes in ramen. There have been several very good ramen places that have opened in Chicago recently, and as I like ramen, I decided to check it out. The building that Wasabi is in is a former Mexican restaurant and has a shape like a Spanish Mission. The walls, inside and out, are all dark gray with the exception to the brick wall behind the sushi bar/dining counter. The room is rather narrow with the bar and the tables (all four tops) are a bit close, so it could be a bit difficult to move through the dining room when it gets crowded. I sat at one end of the bar so I had a good view of both the open kitchen and the dining room, which did get crowded by the time I left. Wasabi does have a good list of sushi, but I was there for the ramen so I didn't try it and will have to return for that. While I was having the ramen, I figured that I would also have room for a few things on the small plates and skewers menu. I started with Takoyaki. Takoyaki is supposed to be a fried ball of dough with a lot of chopped Octopus which is usually served with a dipping sauce and Bonito Flakes. This was all of that and it was very good. I say supposed to be though because I have run into several restaurants that were serving takoyaki that was not takoyaki and contained something other than octopus. I was very happy to have octopus. The balls were fluffy and flavorful and the bonito flakes, while plentiful, were not overwhelming.
The menu at Wasabi is pretty big so you have to make multiple trips to become an expert. From what I tried though, I would very much enjoy returning to further become an expert. The food and service were very good and the waiter was very helpful.