Wasabi is the first place I went to dine downtown after The Alley was complete. I was blown away by the combination of delicious, authentic (I lived in Okinawa 8 yrs & Hawaii 7), very visually appealing dishes, fast & friendly service, cleanliness & setup/layout, AND prices that actually shocked me! Granted, I took advantage of their military discount, but I almost felt bad, it was so affordable/inexpensive, esp for what I got & enjoyed so much. Chose it as my place to go when a group of coworkers/friends took me out to eat, & every one of them said they loved it & would be back...w/ one of them taking her husband there only a day or two later! Also recommended it to my daughter for a pre-event dinner downtown w/ her boyfriend, &they both loved it & have also been back since. Now I have a standing wkly lunch date w/ a good friend, & Wasabi is the default go-to place! Been there now countless times & have never been disappointed, so countless more times to come! :-)
Miyako used to be my favorite, until that fateful day that they snubbed us for dinner. My boyfriend and I walked in the restaurant and patiently waited for someone to assist us. No one came for about 4-5 minutes. We assumed they were busy. Then this other group came in and right out of the blue some one came and greeted them and took them to a seat. Then, when we were finally seated the host told us we had to sit in a certain area. I understand the 'waiting to fill up the table' concept, but on two other people came in. We could have sat where we wanted to (I mean we paid enough). We should have known that we would be biased after these two indecent gestures because neither my boyfriend nor I was pleased with the meal. There was a time I would have given Miyako 5 stars, even 6 (if possible) but after that, they deserve a downgrade. I'm thinking about giving them a two! Know when I have a fix for a Japanese Steakhouse, i just go to Prattville's Tokyo.
Japanese Cuisine. Not a very large selection, but there are some good options on the menu. There are some different meals than what you would generally find at a japanese restaurant like sushi and sashimi, but they also have some of the more traditional dishes. They offer free salad &Miso soup to everyone as lunch&entree. Also an interesting dessert choice of (green tea ,red bean,vanilla) ice cream&fried ice cream and actually it was very refreshing. Service Lovely, friendly, very helpful and polite service. They go out of their way to make sure you are looked after. Value Good value. Most japanese restaurants I find are quite expensive but this is very reasonable. Probably because it focuses on takeaway as much as dine in. Not so upper class. Decor and Atmosphere Well presented &modern, but more of your casual dinner or lunch than a formal night out at a classy restaurant. Very comfortable and clean.