I remember growing up wondering if I'd ever like sushi, and I don't know if my tastebuds evolved or what but around three years ago I went to Miami and discovered some of the best sushi I've had. I tried to find something that is just as good in Los Angeles, outside of Nobu, Wabi is it.
"With Chef Rain's innovative cuisine and a vibrant bar scene, Wabi on Rose embodies the laid back Venice lifestyle, with a trendy, new vibe that can only be found on Rose Avenue. Sexy, contemporary design frames this hip spot with a dramatic entrance and chic outdoor seating area." - Wabi
People call "Wabi Asian Fusion Artistry" and they couldn't be more right. Every dish is created with thoughtful care and delicacy. A masterpiece is in each bite that you take.
Reservations aren't easy to come by, but they have a beautiful outdoor space and the restaurant itself is half-outdoors. It's covered in blossoming flowers, the smell of them lingers in the air as you wait for your table.
Executive Chef Rain Pantana has established a reputation as one of the premier sushi chefs in Southern California. Originally from Thailand, Rain worked his way up the corporate management ladder at numerous restaurants before pursuing his dream to become a sushi chef. He takes pride in sourcing only the world’s finest seafood and hand-picking locally farmed, organic produce. Chef Rain is living his dream in Venice as he constantly innovates his menu at Wabi to the delight of our loyal patrons. - Wabi
Feel The Rain: Spicy Blue fin tuna, shrimp tempura, yellowtail, and spicy eel. (Amazing)
My absolute second favorite is Rick James which is Crispy Halibut, Spicy Tuna, Avocado, Yellowtail, Lemon Aioli, Serrano, and Sriracha.
They also have a variety of classic rolls that are delicious and simple.
Make sure to ask for a side of spicy mayo, it makes everything taste better.