I shall start off by saying that I love, and I DO mean love, Nami. They’re right at the very top of my list for sushi restaurants. I’m not talking about teppanyaki, omakase, or izakaya here, but the simple yet elegant, sushi. Okay, so why am I all over Nami like a child who’s all over candy and ice cream? Well, read on and the mystery shall be revealed unto you :D
Nami is located at Adelaide & Church, right beside Terroni. The outside is entirely black and I actually walked passed it when I was looking for it. So to find Nami, just look for Terroni. Once you enter the restaurant, you’ll be greeted by a tall, handsome gentleman who’ll politely welcome you with a gentle Irrashaimase. To your right would be a teppanyaki section followed by a sushi bar. To your left are intimate booths and the remaining seating area is filled with square tables for groups. The lights are dim, candles are lit, and your plate is occupied with a neatly folded white napkin that resembles a fan. Alright, time to explore their delectable menu and discover what kind of paradise awaits you. I started my dinner off with Uni (sea urchin) sushi ($8.50). Yes, deadly expensive yet dangerously addictive. They were so fresh and sweet; a genuine Je ne sais quoi. This is the real deal; a must-order. Well, unless the appearance and texture of it freaks you out, then just stick with other sushi that you’re more comfortable with :).
My friend only ordered a Spicy Tuna roll because we already ate prior and I, uh, kind of dragged her here with me :D I ordered Chirashi Sushi ($25.50) which is an assortment of fresh sashimi served on a bed of sushi rice. It came with two pieces of each: salmon, tuna, snapper, mackerel, surf clam, salmon roe, shrimp, octopus, crab cake, and fried egg. There’s absolutely nothing stopping this Chirashi from scoring a perfect 10. Needless to say, their sashimi was the definition of fresh and tasty. The rice was cooked to the right texture with the right amount of vinegar. Even though Mi-ne also serves incredible sushi, their rice was a bit on the soggy side. Nami just knows how to do it right. When the waitress brought the Chirashi to my table, I felt like I was receiving a present. It really does look like a piece of art; the sushi chef was so gentle and meticulous in assembling it together. It even tasted better than several of the Chirashi Don I’ve had in Japan! :O
I forgot to take individual pictures of our desserts, so here’s a picture of myself with my delish desserts, lol. I wanted their Green Tea Creme Brulee as it was one of the main reasons why I came for dinner. Unfortunately it was sold out during lunch time so I settled for the Green Tea Cheesecake ($8) instead. We also ordered Black Sesame ice cream ($4). The cheesecake was dense and packed with a strong taste of matcha. It almost seemed like I was drinking matcha tea but in the solid form. I’ve never had such authentic green tea cheesecake before; this one throws the rest out of the league. There really is no competition here. As for the black sesame ice cream, it’s not the creamy, diluted kind where you can get at the supermarket. This is actually grainy and it doesn’t melt! It’s a never-melting ice cream! Spectacular.
My overall opinion? There is no question about it; I’ll come back for their sushi and desserts again, and many times more. Not only is their food fantastic, but the service is also outstanding. They actually sang Happy Birthday to me (thanks to my friend for secretly notifying them). You should’ve seen my face; I was astounded! So, if I’ve done my job right, I should’ve convinced you by now that you have to give Nami a try. When you do, don’t forget to give me a call ;)
55 Adelaide Street East
Toronto, ON M5C 1K6