There aren’t many restaurants of its kind in Barbados but there is only one name synonymous with good Sushi – Nishi. Strategically located at the corner of 2nd Street. Nishi’s bold chocolate and burnt orange hues arrest your attention, encouraging a gravitational pull through its doors. Revamped and also under new management this bistro and Sushi bar is undeniably the Gem of 2nd Street.
As a self proclaimed “Sushist”, Nishi has won a special place on my palate. Not only is the food gratifying but the ambiance graciously compliments its Asian decor. Walking in on a busy Friday night, the atmosphere is so pumped, there was no doubt in my mind that I had chosen the right spot to review.
Adorned with all its Trip Advisor accolades, the restaurant currently secures the #2 spot in all of Holetown. Nishi caters to all preferences with its 3 dining areas – The Courtyard for a more casual diner, The Sushi Bar and upstairs dining room – for the diner who loves all the action and The Main Dining Room which in my opinion is perfect for families (downstairs). Its recent makeover has made the restaurant’s aura, especially in the courtyard, warm and romantic but neutral enough for platonic gatherings. The Courtyard’s transformation has made it conducive to aperitifs and great conversation as the perfect party starter.
As I ascended to the Sushi bar, I was met by warm salutations and friendly faces bidding me a lovely evening. I expected nothing short of amazing as I perched directly in front of the Sushi Gods for an exclusive view of them in their craft.
I sat in awe as I watched Tommy and Sandy work their magic quickly but efficiently, paying attention to every intricate detail. I was blown away by the presentation. Everything was beautifully presented and you could almost feel the love and energy they put into their creations.
I chose a shrimp tempura to start and boy I don’t know if it was hunger or the combination of the way it smelled and looked but when it came to me, I couldn’t resist the urge to eat. Mid way through the first one it hit me, Gosh Kibibi, ya didn’t take a picture!!!!!! So I proceeded to set it back up like brand new and failed miserably. Nonetheless, that tempura was nice. Perfect Crunch on the outside and firm tasty shrimp on the inside.
Speaking of crunch, I followed my appetizer with a dragon roll and a crouching tiger maki roll. The dragon roll is unquestionably one of the best, if not the best roll on the list. The fusion of flavors and textures are phenomenal-Crunchy outer with a warm creamy inside and a hint of sweet from the eel sauce. Who knew the combination of smoked eel, cream cheese and avocado deep fried would be as palatably gratifying as it was. The Crouching Tiger did not disappoint either. It comprised soft shell crab, crabmeat, asparagus and avocado wrapped together and drizzled with eel sauce. THE BOMB!! All of my choices are perfect for anyone who has never tried sushi rolls.
Did I mention the personalized service?!? One of the owners, Paul Edwards, came over and greeted me. He was armed with my name as he inquired about my meal, not on an account of me reviewing this restaurant but as it is customary for him to personally greet his guests. What a nice touch!
The Climax of this dinner would have to be that chocolate lovers mousse. 3 tiers of chocolate – white, milk and dark chocolate with a thin chocolate cake at the bottom. Natasha came over and drizzled the chocolate sauce over the top and told me it’s best eaten that way. One word – ORGASMIC!!
The bathroom looks like a mini spa.
Sushi is an aphrodisiac. If you are looking for a romantic dinner with a secluded table, ask to be seated upstairs in the balcony and ask for Daniel. His service was superb. Nishi has all the tools to kickstart your night of romance. The rest is up to you!
5/5 for this experience!
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