The Daniel Island incarnation of Wasabi has hibachi favorites alongside upscale sushi offerings with plenty of extravagant flourishes. On pleasant evenings, roll-up doors convert the big bar in the front corner into an open-air happy-hour spot, and the white leather booths and elaborate lighting fixtures set a bold, stylish tone. The hibachi grill turns out a reliable selection of chicken, steak, and seafood, and the sushi bar sends out a parade of creative rolls, like the Diablo with its spicy tuna and cucumber topped with jalapeño and kimchi sauce. The specialty sushi selection is where the real action is, presenting beautiful, delicate plates like kanpachi carpaccio dressed with prickly yuzu tobikko and sharp white truffle or Japanese snapper graced with yuzu and 250-million-year-old Himalayan pink salt. You can even get real freshly ground wasabi root to go alongside. —Robert Moss
Dish (Winter 2015)
Traditional sushi and Japanese fare.
Features: Lunch, Dinner, Best of Charleston winner
Hours: Lunch (Mon.-Fri.) & Dinner (Mon.-Sat.)
Mon, Tues, Weds, Thurs, Fri, Sat 4:30pm-7pm: $5 Martinis
$4 Large Sakes