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Izakaya WaSa Debuts at Irvine Spectrum Center

Irvine, California, June 11, 2008 – Izakaya WaSa, a new concept by the owners of the popular WaSa Sushi restaurants, has opened at Irvine Spectrum Center. Izakaya WaSa is a contemporary and upscale yet casual and welcoming restaurant featuring traditional Japanese tapas.

Izakaya WaSa features a clean look with textured white walls and ash grey leather dining booths separated by sheer Japanese drapery. The sophisticated look is reminiscent of a natural Japanese garden during the fall, with warm accents such as wood lattice on the ceiling. The focal point of the restaurant is a beautiful commissioned carving that depicts leafless cherry tree branches, gracing the wall behind the sushi bar.

The menu focuses on traditional Japanese tapas, such as Kakuni (marinated pork belly), Diced Garlic Steak, Maui Onion Salad, Agedashi Tofu (Fried Tofu), and a plentiful and delicious selection of yakitori. The menu also offers sushi, and specialties such as Seared Yellowtail with Jalapeno, Ahi Tuna with Wasabi Sour Cream, and WaSa Sushi’s signature Spicy Tuna Tartar.

Izakaya WaSa also has a generous selection of sake and Japanese beer, to satisfy the experienced sake drinker to the new customer eager for a unique and tasteful drinking experience.

Izakaya WaSa is located adjacent to Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21 and can be reached at (949) 453-9500. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily. Irvine Spectrum Center, owned by The Irvine Company, is located where the San Diego (405) Freeway and the Santa Ana (5) Freeway meet in Irvine. Irvine Spectrum Center offers a unique mix of shopping, dining and entertainment in a beautiful Spanish-themed atmosphere, including Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21 Cinemas, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Target, H&M and more than 120 other specialty stores, restaurants and other entertainment venues. For more information call (949) 753-5180 or visit www.ShopIrvineSpectrumCenter.com.