Review on Wabi
Horsham, an historic market town in West Sussex is the destination for a new restaurant called Wabi, serving authentic Japanese cuisine. It is named for the Japanese aesthetic Wabi-Sabi, celebrating simple beauty and understated elegance and the décor of the restaurant created by design company Studio 21, certainly matches this description. Wabi extends over two floors, the ground floor is both a smart casual and everyday dining area serving sushi or sashimi and a cocktail bar, while upstairs the elegant dining room with its stunning water wall is overlooked by the chef's counter. For a more intimate experience there are four impressive booths seating up to six people and a twelve seat traditional Tatami room for larger parties.
The restaurant and cocktail bar is the brainchild of entrepreneur André Cachia, with Aussie Head Chef Scott Hallsworth manning the stoves after spending six years six years working at Nobu in London, before launching Nobu, Melbourne in 2007. Local cuisine is top of the agenda, sashimi is sourced from the south coast and fresh produce comes from Nama Yasai an East Sussex organic Japanese farm. Hallsworth's menu of traditional Japanese cuisine is given a twist by the introduction of complimentary European ingredients such as foie gras Martini with umeshu jelly, nashi and black vinegar and onsen egg with dashi-soy, truffle salt and chives. Surprises continue with the dessert menu which feature a fried apple pie served with warm Yuzu custard or Kuro Mori, warm chocolate cream with black cherries, mint sorbet and matcha stick. The bar has a lovely selection of exotic cocktails as well as several Japanese beers, including Wabi's signature beer infused with Yuzu, brewed by Welton's in Horsham.
Wabi is also featured in: AA Guide
Restaurant reviewed by Jenny McGregorRate this Restaurant
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 2.30pm Tue-Sat
Dinner: 6.00 - 10.00pm Tue-Sat
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card