Heard on the Street: Wabi Sabi is cooking up second Med City location

January 6, 2019

A popular downtown Rochester lunch spot — Wabi Sabi Express — is cooking up a second Med City location with evening and weekend hours.

Construction is underway to build out the new Japanese eatery at 1505 U.S. Highway 14 East in the Eastwood Plaza. That’s the space next to El Carambas Authentic Mexican Food that previously housed China Town and China Star.

Jet Ngin, whose brother Lincoln Ngin will run the new Southeast Rochester restaurant, says they hope to be ready to open the doors in the next two or three weeks.

While they are still working out details, Jet Ngin said his family expects to serve a similar menu at the new place as they do at Wabi Sabi Express in the downtown First Avenue Food Court.

The current menu offers a wide range of ramen, sushi, pho and salad dishes as well as specialty bubble tea drinks. Wabi Sabi’s menu includes an unusual Mexican/Japanese fusion item — a sushirrito or sushi burrito. That’s a flour tortilla filled with sushi rice and a choice of sushi-grade fish or tofu served with a wasabi/guacamole.

Ngin said it has been challenging to find a location for the new restaurant, but their customers have been asking for them to open another place.

“We are only open through 4 p.m. on Monday through Friday. Customers have been asking if we have another place they can go in the evening and on the weekends,” he said.

The Eastwood location will have seating for dining in as well as pick-up and delivery options.

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