Japanese fusion (sans confusion)

Photos: Wichan Charoenkiatpakul

Washi Sushi Burger may look generic on the outside but the menu of this two-storey Japanese fusion fast food restaurant has something to pique both your curiosity and appetite. Purists and naysayers may be put off by the idea of making burgers with rice patties or drenching cheeses over sushi but, in Washi’s case, we’ll say don’t knock it until you try it. Washi proudly presents its variety of sushi burgers which basically use patties of vinegar rice instead of buns.

As for the stuffing, you can go Japanese-y with the likes of chicken teriyaki or hamburg or crazier with soft-shell crab or foie gras, but unfortunately both delicacies weren’t available during our visit. Although the California sushi burger (B190 or B240 as set) wasn’t our first choice, it didn’t disappoint at all. This repackaged version of a California roll featured many layers of delights and textures but the juicy raw salmon and tuna managed to stand out. Flavourful pops of ikura and ebiko emerged in every mouthful we took. The slight heat from the spicy kani mayo also came through too.

The Volcano roll (B219) is basically a cucumber and kani maki avalanched in a melted hot mix of cream cheese, mozzarella and a drizzle of secret sauce. The dish may look and sound so overkill and it may feel like it too but we somehow finished the whole thing. The most delicious part was the cheese lava with scallop bits swimming in it, obvi, while the rice roll itself played a supporting role (see what we just did?).

Last but not least, the Sakana soup (B149) was quite filling for a soup. Cubes of tofu, salmon and tuna floated around along with many other ingredients. The soothing sips were enhanced with a spicy dash of chilli oil too. Co-owner Supakorn “Boom” Wongprasertphon said he merged two inspirations — the Wasabi Japanese fast food chain in the UK and a sushi burger he had in Australia — into Washi. For a fast food venue, Washi’s pricing may be high but it’s quite reasonable for the portions and quality that we had. Even though there’s an electric socket at every table — a subtle invitation to hang out or for freelancers to work — the seats here aren’t so comfy and the overall atmosphere could have been more inviting. Nonetheless, Washi is definitely a good choice for those wanting to try something new.

The restaurant is located at the front of Sukhumvit Soi 25. It’s an easy walk from BTS Asok or MRT Sukhumvit. You can also order from Washi via Lineman, Food Panda and Ubereats. Washi opens daily from 11:30am-10:30pm. More info at www.fb.com/washisushiburger.