Wasabi Sushi Bar & Asian Bistro

Wasabi Asian Bistro and Sushi BarIn my often expressed opinion, Tyler has been in desperate need of a new sushi restaurant, in particular, one that would be open for lunch. My sushi dance to the gods must have worked, because now Tyler has two brand new Japanese restaurants, both serving sushi and both open for lunch. Strangely enough these two restaurants opened their doors in the same week and hopefully aren’t taking too much business from my first sushi love, Shogun’s.

Wasabi Sushi Bar & Asian BistroWasabi, located beside Karen Horton in the location formerly occupied by San Francisco Oven and Fiore (RIP), opened their doors last Saturday, May 29. I snuck away from an especially busy day at work this week to check it out as I needed a mental refresher to re-energize my brain. We arrived at noon and the restaurant was busy but not crowded. The hostess led us to a booth where we began to look over the menu. I saw some great things but was unsure whether the food could live up to the description. We decided to go with the salmon ceviche to start with and the Tyler TX and Hawaiian rolls. The salmon ceviche came out first. In a word, it was delicious! I especially loved the fresh taste of the salmon mixed with the sweet chunks of mango. I can’t wait to try this dish again. The rolls came out next and they were equally fabulous. My favorite was the Hawaiian. It had yellowtail rolled with avocado and pineapple. It tasted summery and refreshing. The Tyler TX roll (shrimp tempura, cream cheese, and jalapeno, baked topped with crab mix, salmon and spicy mayo, with unagi sauce, chirachi, tempura flakes, scallions, and masago) was great too.

Salmon CevicheI am still so impressed by my experience at Wasabi and can’t wait to go back. Good location, great service, and totally awesome food have pushed Wasabi to the top of my must-try list for those of you who love Japanese food. I can’t wait to hear what all of you think about it.

Wasabi Sushi Bar and Asian Bistro
5617 Donnybrook Avenue
Tyler, TX 75703-6111
(903) 939-0211

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Fiore Tuscan Grill

fiore-tuscan-grillJimmy Lynn has done it again! Unveiled late last year (2008), Fiore is the third of Jimmy Lynn’s eating establishments in Tyler, and like Dakota’s and Cimarron, it is definitely worth checking out. Located in the former location of the San Francisco Oven next to Karen Horton and Company and across from Premier Fitness, this location is tucked away from the bustle and traffic of Broadway Ave.

The menu features many of the same items you’ll find at Dakota’s and Cimarron like the salmon crepes and seared tuna. Of course since this is an Italian restaurant, you will also see a variety of pasta dishes such as their acclaimed lasagna and my husband’s favorite, the bacon and corn infused fusilli. For lunch, try one of the pressed paninis or light salads (these items are also available on the dinner menu).

Fiore offers a fantastic wine list and a full bar, but don’t expect to see the same bar scene you will find at Cimarron. Fiore offers a much quieter, intimate experience with more focus on the dining experience. The staff is polite and friendly.

Fiore Tuscan Grill
5617 S. Donnybrook
Tyler, TX 75703
(903) 581-7248