I recently visited a Japanese restaurant at Baywalk Mall, Pluit – Nama Sushi. Nama Sushi is still under the same group with another top-rated Japanese restaurant, Sushi Masa. The good news is that Nama Sushi offers wide array of Japanese food choices at a far more affordable price.
I have to say that I lived under a life of irony. I am a foodie, but I can’t eat much. No worries, because Nama Sushi offers menus with smaller portions and cheaper price, so anyone of you who often got stuck in between choosing 2 or 3 menus at the same time, you could practically try all sorts of menu choices without stuffing yourself silly and inflating the final restaurant bill!
I really love Chawanmushi, thus it’s a must-order item in any Japanese restaurant I visited. However, their chawanmushi was too eggy and a bit scarce in topping in my opinion.
Sushi & Sashimi
The sushi, sashimi, and appetizers at Nama Sushi is priced around IDR10,000-35,000/2 pieces on average.
I ordered the Salmon Hana Roll (Favorite), Salmon Belly Aburi Cheese Sushi, Unagi Sushi, Salmon Hana Tobiko Sushi (Favorite), Ocha Inari (must try), Apple Inari (must try), Swordfish Belly sashimi, and the Salmon Belly Sashimi.
The Swordfish belly sashimi (IDR20,000/2 pcs) and Salmon belly sashimi (IDR25,000/2 pcs) was quite thick and fresh. Of course, in-terms of quality of the sashimi, you can’t compare with higher-end restaurants that simultaneously charge sky-high prices.
The Salmon Hana Tobiko (IDR25,000/2pcs) and Salmon Hana Roll (IDR35,000/2pcs) was amongst my favorite, especially the Salmon Hana Roll. Why? Because the size per piece was particularly larger compared to the other sushi, so you feel extreme satisfaction within one bite. In particular, the salmon used to wrap the sashimi itself was quite thick, so it was very meaty and juicy.
Aside from the sushi and sashimi, I would like to point out another must try item on their menu – inari sushi. Inari sushi is a simple sushi where the sushi rice is wrapped with fried tofu skin.
What made this simple sushi so unique was because they have a slightly modified version of the inari sushi – Matcha and Apple Inari sushi. The deep fried tofu skin became slightly sweet and fragrant due to the infused matcha & apple flavor. It’s quite pleasing in my opinion.
Tori Negima Teriyaki – IDR20,000/2 pcs
In the grilled section, the waitress said that their tori negima teriyaki was said to be one of the favorites at Nama Sushi. It was quite good as the teriyaki sauce wasn’t to strong and too sweet. Considering the price, I thought it was quite big in portion too.
Sake Chazuke – IDR45,000
It was said to be Japanese porridge, but it’s actually rice poured with their special broth and topped with broiled salmon pieces. It was quite expensive considering how simple this dish is, but I quite like it somehow. It tastes mild and savory, it should be able to easily suite an average person’s palate.
The verdict? Overall I am quite pleased with the everything served at Nama Sushi. The service and waiting time wasn’t too long, the food was nice, and it was priced right. It truly lived up to its name!