Amber and Aaron Hsieh, the owners of Chinese and Japanese fusion restaurant Wasabi, said they hope to grow their Georgetown restaurant into a chain.

In 2023, the brother and sister pair from Taiwan plan to open a second location.

“For the future, I hope we’ll be able to open more Wasabi restaurants and continue to make customers happy,” Amber said.

The Hsiehs took over ownership of the fusion restaurant in November 2021, following the footsteps of their uncle who owns a restaurant in South Austin.

“We felt it was better to buy a previously established restaurant rather than starting a new one,” Amber said. “We see that we can do better for this restaurant.”

Amber said they have found fulfillment in owning a restaurant.

“We’ve been in the restaurant industry for many years, so we decided it would be a great choice instead of working for someone else,” Amber said.

The Hsieh siblings maintained the fusion-themed menu that was originally created when the restaurant opened in March 2012. While they may include a new special or addition to the menu, they wanted to continue the success of what worked before. Wasabi’s range of meals include options for sushi, hibachi, noodles and fried rice.

“Our restaurant has a lot of variety,” Amber said. “If you’re trying to pick from sushi or Chinese, you can always come here.”

Despite COVID-19 challenges in the past few years, the previous Wasabi owner never closed the restaurant. Instead, it thrived through using the various takeout and delivery app options.

“When we took over last year, Wasabi was doing really well,” Amber said. “We didn’t really see COVID[-19] affect that much.”

The Hsiehs believe in dedication to their customers and want to make sure each one has a great experience.

“We try to see every customer as our family and make them happy,” Amber said.

Fusion foods

Wasabi features a variety of Japanese and Chinese cuisine, such as sushi.

Lunch special items include:
  • Fried rice ($10.99): This Chinese dish includes a choice of shrimp, chicken, beef, pork or veggie, or the combination version with shrimp, chicken and beef.
  • Bento box ($13.45): This Japanese dish includes a choice of chicken, beef, shrimp or veggie teriyaki. It also comes with a California roll, a choice of appetizer, steamed rice, and a soup or salad.
  • Sushi bar: Choose any two rolls for $12 or any three rolls for $16. Rolls can include tuna, Philadelphia or spicy salmon.

3303 Williams Drive, Ste. 1045, Georgetown


Hours: daily 11 a.m.-9 p.m.