At Wabi Sabi the mission is simple: serve delicious, affordable food that guests will want to return to week after week. The restaurant specializes in Japanese and fusion cuisine but also features Korean dishes.

The Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection and profundity in nature is known as “wabi sabi.” The two words separately mean two different things, but over time they have been combined to create a philosophy regarding aesthetic sensibility. Wabi means things that are fresh and simple. Sabi means things whose beauty stems from age.

With this philosophy in mind, head sushi chef and owner Charlie Choi thought Covington would be the ideal location to bring his new sushi restaurant to life. Choi first opened Wabi Sabi in May of 2015. Manager Lauren Cosimar says, “There were no other sushi restaurants in the area, so we saw there was a need.”

The menu at Wabi Sabi offers a variety of Asian dishes from Japanese edamame to haemul pajun, a Korean seafood pancake. Sushi, however, is the main focus of the restaurant, which features unique specialty rolls created by Choi. The most popular rolls are the Max Choi roll and the Swipe Right roll. The Max Choi roll, named after Choi’s son, is lobster, spicy crab and shrimp tempura topped with sliced avocado, eel sauce and spicy mayo. The Swipe Right roll has quickly become a favorite with customers. Inside is smoked salmon, cream cheese and mango, topped with avocado, tempura flakes, crunchy cashews and eel sauce.

One of the highlights of Wabi Sabi is actually not related to food. The quiet spacious outdoor patio makes for the perfect location for a date. “We have an outdoor covered patio, partially covered, so no matter what the weather is you can sit out there,” says Cosimar.

Wabi Sabi is currently only located in Covington, however, Choi says he is thinking about opening another location.

Whether you dine inside or outside Wabi Sabi is sure to serve good food and drinks while in good company. “For people who have kids, we don’t mind having young children here,” says Cosimar. “It’s not like a fancy place. It’s a casual, fun place to go with family and friends. You can come for Happy Hour, Girls’ Night Out, family dinner, anything.”

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