Wasabi Tao

I was planning on getting a bite to eat in the city but wasn’t quite sure on what. I had an appointment at Skywalk Barber so I was either thinking Fong’s before or running by B&B Deli after. Those two options were wiped out once I saw sushi right across the way from Fong’s. Sorry Fong’s, I’ll pick you next time. Anyway, a friend of mine had been talking about a new sushi restaurant downtown but I couldn’t remember exactly where it was. Turns out I was headed there for lunch.

Wasabi Tao is located in the lobby area of the Kirkwood building on 4th street.

Wasabi Tao Menu

I have been craving a good Bloody Marry for some time. I’d have to say this is probably the second best one I have had. The best one is at a little bar in Clear Lake, Iowa. They call this the Japanese Bloody Marry:

  • Vodka
  • Yuzu Juice (a Japanese citrus that tastes like a mix of lemon and lime)
  • Wasabi,
  • Tonkatsu Sauce (essentially Worcestershire sauce)
  • Tomato Juice.
Japanese Bloody Marry

Japanese Bloody Marry



My lunch: I really like the way sushi bars do lunch. They usually have a great special. Wasabi Tao’s lunch deal is two rolls, and a choice of salad or soup for $9.50.

(left) Sweet Potato Roll, (right) Crunchy Salmon Roll

(left) Sweet Potato Roll, (right) Crunchy Salmon Roll

The sweet potato roll was awesome. It was my second time trying one. It’s a nice alternative to the raw sushi. I would always alternate in between the salmon and the sweet potato. Great combos.


Sweet Potato Roll






I would LOVE to visit again and try some of their other rolls. According to another Des Moines food blogger, Des Moines Good Eats, she loves the Crazy Friday roll. I’ll have to get that next time.
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About Nick Lucs

Nick is the founder of Des Moines Foodster. He was born and raised in Des Moines and has always had a passion for being creative in the kitchen. Des Moines Foodster has appeared in Travel + Leisure, Juice Magazine, amNY, Travel Iowa and the Greater Des Moines Convention & Visitors Bureau blog. He believes that coffee and craft beer make the world go 'round .

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  • Des Moines Foodster

    It was so good Manon!! It was nice and spicy and refreshing. I need to try Wasabi Chi now after all of your talk! :). Wow. Every roll. That’s impressive 🙂

  • Manon (@GoodEatsDSM)

    I want that Bloody Mary! I may have to go back this weekend….of course I love Wasabi Chi just as much and it’s right down the street, but that also means I’ve had the entire menu–at least there are some new rolls at Wasabi Tao to keep me motivated to go somewhere different 🙂