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Final Barcelona Post

14 Dec

After over three months of writing both reviews of Barcelona’s top sushi restaurants and about the concepts of Journalism 2.0, I am headed back to my hometown of New York City. In the next few weeks, I hope to continue writing reviews of sushi restaurants in New York, in a similar fashion to the way I covered the different spots in Barcelona.

Overall, I would classify the sushi quality in Barcelona as often good but rarely great. A lot of restaurants that I had the privilege of visiting during my time here served adequate and fresh sushi that I would categorize as good quality. My main critiques would be the limited selection of fish available at most places (granted, Barcelona’s location on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea promotes local fishermen’s catches, which overlap greatly) and the lack of Japanese-run upscale sushi restaurants (again, this is most likely a biased opinion because of my upbringing in New York City). I leave Barcelona with a quick list recap of the best sushi restaurants I discovered during my time here, linked to my detailed reviews of them:

1. Wakasa

2. Koy Shunka

3. Shunka

4. ON Sushi

5. Nomo

Nakashita finishes in a close 6th place and Yamadori remains the one place I would have liked to try but never found time while in Barcelona. Looking forward to hearing feedback from any of you who try out my personal favorites!

Nakashita

4 Oct

Place: Nakashita

Address: Rec Comtal, 15

Meal Eaten: Dinner

Background: I decided to dine at Nakashita after reading a raving review from a fellow blogger. The restaurant had largely remained off my radar until this point, mainly because it was not on any of my ‘must try’ lists from friends from home and only had one review (albeit a good one) on TripAdvisor. I made a reservation, which is recommended, and sat down for a Tuesday night dinner.

Setting: The location of Nakashita is rather odd, as it is not in any of the neighborhoods known for a prominent restaurant scene in Barcelona. It is located right near the Arc de Triomf, and only a couple minutes walk from the Arc’s subway stop, tucked away on a small side street. The decor is, as I have noticed in all the sushi restaurants I have eaten at so far in Barcelona, rather simple. There were a couple of features, however, that attracted me to the restaurant. The inside is intimate, only containing around 6 tables inside, in addition to a sushi bar. Furthermore, there was outdoor seating available on the quiet sidewalk under umbrellas. Most of the tables were full, and the restaurant had a quaint and cozy feeling.

Food/Price: Feeling very hungry and eager to sample the extensive sushi selections, my companion and I each ordered a full plate of sushi. We started with the Nakashita Salad (6 euros, picture on left), which was an exotic and delightful mix of different types of seaweed, tofu, sprouts, and lettuce. For our entrees, we went with the Tabla Nakashita (20 euros, far platter in picture on right), which contained nine pieces of sushi and sashimi and one roll, and the Mecca of all sushi platters, the Chef’s Choice, Omakase (35 euros, close platter in picture on right). The Omakase contained a total of 21 pieces of sushi and sashimi, with a roll mixed in as well. Often known as the most inventive and varied dish of sushi, I was a bit disappointed with the lack of cuts of different fish: there were two pieces each of salmon, tuna, whitefish, and yellowtail, and multiple doubles of types of sashimi. Nevertheless, the quality made up for the relative lack of variety. A couple of the pieces had a discrete yet tastable garnish on the top of the fish, which suited the taste well. The cuts of both sushi and sashimi were generous, and the fish was very fresh. While I do not normally enjoy crab, the roll containing alternating pieces of tuna and salmon mixed with avocado and crab was equally tasty. Additional rolls that were ordered were the Spicy Maguro and Hot Philadelphia. The former was served hot and contained a mix of spicy tuna and avocado, and the latter can best be described as… fried glory. Apart from being deep fried on the outside, it contained primarily shrimp and cream cheese. Not the authentic sushi I usually crave, but a guilty and very tasty pleasure.

Bottom Line: Nakashita is one of those restaurants that one has to actively seek in order to come across, and seek I did. I highly recommend it for sushi lovers looking for a relaxed and authentic Japanese meal. The sushi chefs are also enjoyable to talk to, as they were immersed in deep conversation with those sitting at the bar.

Ratings:

Food: 8

Ambiance: 7.75

Cost: 35 euros