HALIFAX | Japanese Delight: Sushi Nami Royale
Updated: Apr 12
Recently, I’ve been to Sushi Nami Royale’s new location in Bayers Lake for the second time! The first time, we sat downstairs, and it was a beautiful and great experience.
This time, we decided to sit upstairs, and I am so happy we did! The feeling and the atmosphere is different upstairs and downstairs. There is so much decor and beautiful aesthetic upstairs.
As always, their food is truly amazing. We arrived around lunch time, so we were able to order off their lunch menu. So I took the opportunity to get their tonkatsu (breaded pork cutlet) bento with assorted tempura, as well as their vegetable dragon roll (sweet potato tempura, cucumber, avocado, assorted grilled veggies, and tofu pouch). The bento comes with miso soup, as well. My fiancé ordered the sushi lunch (5 nigiri, 3 california rolls, and 3 spicy salmon), which also came with the house salad and miso soup.
As you can see, everything was beautifully presented and super tasty!
Before I get into the taste of the food, I want to take a moment and say how much I appreciate that they have taken a green approach to their restaurant. They are offering paper straws for their drinks instead of plastic ones. Whereas not everyone owns reusable straws, or they forget them at home when they go out; it’s always nice to have an option provided. If you haven’t used a paper straw before, then I will tell you it is different. They function just as amazingly as plastic straws do, but the difference is in how it feels to sip through them and the texture in your mouth. So be aware, so you aren’t taken aback!
So, let’s talk about how the food tastes!
Their miso soup is my absolute favorite. The taste is light and smooth, while being strong but not overpowering. As with most miso soup, it has green onions, pieces of tofu and seaweed in it. If you are a person who enjoys spicy food, they even have a spicy miso option!
The rice is perfect. That wonderful sticky and moist texture, with the perfect amount of seasoning. I usually eat this on its own, but sometimes I like to take a piece of the tonkatsu with it! Their salad is just very simple: lettuce, tomato, carrot, and cabbage with a ginger dressing. I’ll be the first to admit, I didn’t like this dressing too much when I started going to Sushi Nami, but I’ve grown to really enjoy ginger since then.
Their tempura was light and airy, with the perfect crunch to it. It was consisting of sweet potato, shrimp, eggplant and zucchini I believe! Tonkatsu, which is simply a breaded pork cutlet, was crispy and juicy. I’m always amazed at how the cutlets are so thin, but they manage to cook them perfectly without drying them out. Tonkatsu sauce is delicious, it’s a savory sauce. I can’t explain very well what the flavor is like, but it is like a thin barbecue type sauce. Though, don’t go in thinking it’s anything like our BBQ sauces!
This was the first time I had decided to order the vegetable dragon rolls. Truth be told, I’m not a big fan of seaweed, so I often steer away from maki sushi and tend to go more towards nigiri (which is just topping on a bed of rice, you can see them in the background on my fiancé’s plate).I am so happy I did, because I have found a new favorite item on their menu! The flavor is such a beautiful medley, and the avocado makes it very smooth and creamy. If you’re a textural person, you’ll probably love this! The tempura gives it that light crunch, while the avocado holds it all together with its creaminess, and the subtle sweetness of everything together. They’re easy to eat on their own, as well as dipping them in the different sauces that Sushi Nami has available! My fiancé’s sushi dinner came with two strips of sauce on the bottom of his plate, so I did a little taste with them and it was amazing. I believe the two sauces were spicy mayo and molasses type sauce. If you have ever eaten their mini kamikazi rolls, then it’s the sauces used on those!
I can’t comment on wasabi and soy sauce with any of it, because I don’t use either, sorry. However, if you are a fan, I can’t see why you wouldn’t enjoy!
As for the service, it was amazing. They were very attentive, and checked in on us periodically. They came over as soon as we were done to ask if we were looking for anything else. Which we did not go for dessert this time, but they do have a small dessert menu. I find everyone is always very friendly, and the waitresses are always taking great care of us, even when they are swamped.
I’ve been going to Sushi Nami for a very long time now, and my opinion has never changed on it. It’s always been amazing, and watching it’s growth has been incredible. In fact, I was hoping I would have good news to share with you today, because I’ve had a membership keychain that I have had with them for years, which provides a discount when I go, but they no longer offer them. So, if you’re a fan, you may want to keep an eye out in case they ever offer them again in the future!
I’ll end on giving you my personal tips for eating, based on what I’ve learned and what I like.
Firstly, if you feel like you are getting tired of the same taste consistently, or ate something with a strong flavor and can’t taste what you’re currently eating - eat a piece of pickled ginger (the pink slices)! It is slightly sweet and spicy, but I find it cleanses my palate.
Secondly, if you’re using soy sauce and eating nigiri, dip the fish in the soy sauce, not the rice. I was taught this was proper etiquette for eating nigiri sushi.
Lastly, try new things. If something sounds delicious then give it a try. You’ll be surprised that you are most likely going to be very happy with what you bought.
If you’re interested in seeing all of my pictures (including the photos of the interior upstairs) check out my instagram post here: