Nama Sushi Bar
2300 Elliston Place
Nashville, TN 37203
Lunch: Mon–Fri 11am–3pm
Sushi Happy Hour:
and all day Sunday
Michelle and I don’t often get to have a lunch date, and that is okay with us. We love being together as a family, so we try to maximize our time with our son. As they say, he won’t be around forever.
Recently, however, we had the opportunity to have lunch together (just the two of us) on a Sunday afternoon. We were in the mood for sushi, so we went to Nama Sushi Bar on Elliston Place in Nashville.
Nama actually has three locations. The other two locations are in Knoxville, TN – one in the downtown area, and the other in Bearden. The Nashville location is located near Vanderbilt University at the intersection of 23rd Avenue N. and Elliston Place. There are also plans to open a fourth location in the Nashville suburb of Brentwood. Construction is underway, and it should open later in 2016.
Nama has been voted Knoxville’s best sushi – more than once. The Nashville location is looking to continue that tradition. The interior is contemporary with an urban feel, and the service was attentive and friendly.
While we will occasionally try nigiri sushi, we usually stick with the rolls. We love spicy food, and sushi is no exception. Our standard sushi order will normally include Spicy Tuna, Spicy Crab, and even Spicy California Roll. We also like Philly Rolls and Boston Rolls, which aren’t spicy, but serve to balance the meal.
The menu at Nama includes many unique sushi rolls, some of which we are looking forward to trying on a subsequent visit. On this visit, though, we ordered Crazy Tuna, which is spicy tuna, cucumber topped with seared albacore, avocado, scallion and ponzu sauce. In case you’re interested, ponzu sauce is a citrus-based sauce commonly used in Japanese cuisine. The Crazy Tuna was very good, if a little expensive. If you are used to paying $6.95 for a sushi roll, you might be in for a little shock at Nama. The Crazy Tuna roll was $16.00. The good news is you get 8-10 pieces, which is a little more than you get at most sushi restaurants. I would consider ordering it again.
We also ordered a Philly roll ($9), which is smoked salmon, cream cheese, avocado topped with scallions. The Philly roll was very good and, under the circumstances, reasonably priced. I would definitely order it again, as well. You can see the entire menu here.
There is an extended happy hour on Sunday, so I was able to get 2 Kirin pints for $5.00. Michelle had iced tea to drink. With tax and tip, the total came to $38.00, which is not too bad for a lunch date with your wife.
I don’t know if Nama will ever be voted Nashville’s best sushi, but it’s definitely worth a visit. Try it and let us know what you think in the comments section.