I don’t eat sushi very often, you know MrG….fish…..allergic….SO selfish!!! :-p
So as much as I love all things fishy I very rarely get to enjoy it. But when I do want to get my sushi on I grab my girl Becca and we head to Nanakusa for a sushi feast.
And as part of my project to update old reviews I thought I would give my Nanakusa review a bit of a 2017 make over. Previously I scored this Japanese spot 8/10 geek stars… So let’s take a little peek and see how the stack up now three and a half years later.
Located amongst the hustle and bustle of Sauchiehall Street, Nanakusa is something of a surprise. Once you walk through the doors and away from the noisy street you are teleported to a peaceful serene space that encourages you to leave your troubles at the door. The large dining room towards the back has a lovely large double height ceiling, with gorgeous original cornicing. This is paired with modern minimal wooden tables and funky light panels which change colour. It’s not changed at all since my first review in 2014 but I think it’s dated well and it’s still a restaurant I enjoy spending time in.
The staff were good – super friendly and smiley which is always nice. They were attentive and easily accessible to order additional items and drinks.
As a self proclaimed grazer Nanakusa is a great menu for me. Of course you can order bento boxes and main dishes to enjoy, but whenever Becca and I visit we just pick out some starters and sushi to share, which is my favourite way to eat.
So what did we order – well lots obviously….. But let me break it down for you.
The Osaka board – this included 2 huge juicy King Prawns in a deliciously light tempura batter. 2 Chicken Gyoza, which were packed with a fragrant delicious chicken filling. 4 Tori Karage, which are kinda like amazeballs large chicken nuggets (don’t scoff I love chicken nuggets 😛 ) the chicken was tender and well cooked and the batter was crispy and nicely seasoned. 4 pieces of freshly made Chicken Maki, as always the sushi here was beautifully fresh and tasted fantastic. The last item on the platter was the Chicken Yakitori, which neither of us were especially into. I found the sauce nice enough but I hated the texture of the chicken, which was a weird chewy plastic like texture. But over all the platter was great and we loved 90% of it.
Ikaten – Deep Fried Squid with spicy seasoning. I loved this dish, it was four large lush pieces of tender squid, coated in a very lightly spiced crispy crunchy coating. This was probably my favourite dish of the day.
Tempura Makimono Sushi – Deep Fried California Roll. Everything about this dish tells my brain in should be disgusting, but honestly it works REALLY well. Covered in a very thin tempura batter it is obviously flash fried super fast because the sushi was only very very slightly warm…in fact it was really closer to room temperature. And the makimono tasted fresh rather than oily, which is in my mind what you should expect. I wanted to be a sushi snob and hate it, but I thought it was super enjoyable.
Yasai Tempura – Deep Fried Mixed Vegetables. This dish however was a bit too greasy for my taste. I think it is because the vegetables are sliced far too thin, so there was very little vegetable taste to any of the tempua and my mouth just ended up feeling greasy. I probably wouldn’t order this dish again.
Price wise we were a very reasonable £27.65, so £14-ish each which included a drink. I was happy enough with the price and think it is more than fair for all the dishes we enjoyed….especially the freshly prepared sushi & squid.
All in all I adore Nanakusa, every time I visit I always enjoy the beautiful food and the calming vibe in the restaurant. And although you will find that there are trendier sushi bars now in G-Town, it’s always Nanakusa which holds my heart……And stays at a very respectable 8 geek stars 🙂