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The best sushi in Livermore—and beyond—is also affordable and generously portioned, thanks in part to Wasabi’s out-of-the-way digs, where rent stays low. The hamachi here is lustrous, sure, but brilliant too is less mainstream nigiri, such as black snapper and sea bass. (Plus, look for specials such as monkfish liver, live shrimp, and abalone.) The tempura is excellent, the teriyaki forgettable, and the rolls stunningly presented without being overly fussy or overwhelmed by sweet and gooey sauce. Even the free-with-entrée salad and miso soup are noticeably good, and the hot tea lovely. Wasabi’s service is genuine and best enjoyed at the sushi counter, where chef-owner Danny Pak orchestrates the action; with just eight tables, Pak keeps up with the demand. Lunch and dinner daily.
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