Wafu-Ya is in the old Blue Fin space in the Porter Square shopping center (home to the alley that houses Sapporo Ramen, Cafe Mami, etc.). We were long time eaters at Blue Fin – even through its later, lesser incarnations – so were wondering what Wafu Ya would be like.
On the evidence of about 10 visits, we’re cautiously optimistic. Their lunch sets (but not dinner) are very good value at around $12–15, with a main dish (broiled salmon, e.g.), and several accompaniments. I particularly like the cleanly-fried, crunchy tempura. It’s a more ambitious menu than Blue Fin’s, with a small submenu of skewers (fried and grilled), and interesting specials (a bunch of different fish collars on one occasion). Their sushi menu supplements the old standards with interesting daily additions (ayu [sweetfish], and ishi dai [knife jaw], last week, for example).
It’s very well worth checking out, although the service skews to the sweet-but-inefficient.