Friday, July 14, 2017

Nami: Superb Japanese Cuisine & Robata Grill

For over three decades, Nami has been a quiet escape in the heart of downtown Toronto, for the finest sushi, sashimi, made-to-order grilled meat, fish and seafood at the Robata Grill, and Sukiyaki — Japanese hot pot. Considered to be one of the city's finest authentic Japanese restaurants, Nami is a hidden gem. One of my favourite sushi restaurants for many years, Kimono-clad servers attend to guests in the main dining area, as well as private rice paper screened Tatami rooms which can be reserved for groups of eight people or more — a real treat. Peter oversees the Robata Grill and patiently and expertly prepares the most sublime grilled fish, seafood and succulent steamed mixed mushrooms bathed with butter, soy sauce and sake marinade. With an assortment of fish, many of which is brought in from Japan, it’s no surprise that 'nami' means 'wave' in Japanese. When it comes to uni, diners either love it or hate it,  but Nami’s general manager and executive chef Tadashi Takinami absolutely loves it, with good reason, this “caviar” of the sea is imported direct from Hokkaido. The Sushi Bar is also a fabulous place to sit and watch the nigiri sushi and sashimi being hand prepared by a trio of expert sushi chefs — just remember to say "Gochisosama Deshita!", as you leave.

The fabulous Robata Grill with robata maestro Peter Chen

Sampler set of best sashimi of the day chosen by the chef, and served with Tosa soy sauce and Hon-wasabi, freshly ground real wasabi

Nami is one of very few places in Toronto that makes authentic Honwasabi 
which is freshly ground wasabi from wasabi root

Spider Roll made with a whole soft shell crab

Spicy Scallop Sushi

Ikura Sushi - salmon roe

Hamachi (yellowtail) and Salmon (sake) Sushi

Ebi Sushi - tiger shrimp

Unagi Sushi - freshwater eel

Succulent Black Cod grilled on the Robata Grill by chef Peter Chen

Executive chef Tadashi Takinami 

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