From the team that brought high-end, celebrity hotspot Nobu to London, Nami is a new concept inspired by Japanese Street food aimed to be a more casual drinking and dining experience to that of its big sister restaurant Nobu.
Located in the dimly-lit Nobu Hotel Shoreditch, the restaurant has been remodelled to create the ‘supper bar’ where the Nami menu is served. The space, covered in screens streaming Japanese Street art and a masked DJ playing tranquil beats accompany a stream of small plates that come from the kitchen.
With a big focus on cocktails the meal begins with a bright pink, sweet Kiichigo Fizz – vodka, raspberry, coconut, cranberry juice and lemonade. An easy drinker to accompany salty edamame beans and a selection of bitesize nigiri similar to the ones served in Nobu. To follow sweet salmon tartare and a fresh, light yellow tail quinoa donburi arrive. Enough for two people to share if you plan on ordering more dishes, but great for one person too.
A warming miso soup arrived next to cleanse the palate before the heavier dishes of the evening arrived. Crispy tempura shrimp with tofu skins and sweet creamy unagi sauce on a bed of rice was the best dish we ate, although other dishes definitely worth noting include the crispy and meaty umami chicken wings, subtly miso flavoured dashi fries and the Nami burger with Wagyu beef and fried quail egg in a fluffy tofu bun. The strangest dish on the menu, Sakana chips consisted of a combination of both cod and potato fried together into one block to give you fish and chips in one bite.
Dessert included a trio of the popular Japanese dessert mochi and Nami Nami French choux buns filled with matcha and black sesame Chantilly cream. The matcha desserts were a little overpowering but ideal if you are a fan of the Japanese ingredient. To finish a fruit salad topped with a hard purple sugar disk and edible flower made for a pretty end to the meal.
With dishes ranging from £7-£18 Nami will set you back considerably less than Nobu if you only plan on ordering a few dishes to accompany your drinks. But with so many winning dishes and a great atmosphere, ordering more than a few is highly recommended.