Posts Tagged ‘Sushi’


In Restaurants on 23 October 2011 at 12:35 am

Very rarely you walk into a restuarant and everything feels right. Onami is just that place.

The music is loud enough to get you in the mood yet allow you to whisper to your date. The lighting is subtle enough to retain your privacy, yet not force you to grope in the dark. The food is fresh and with enough twist to intrigue you yet not so radical that you have to scratch your head. The service efficient yet unobtrusive. Onami is the my perfect go to place. Too bad it is million miles away from where I live.

I was in Nairobi for about a week in September 2011. Onami drew me back twice. We had seviche salad and tuna salad liberally sprinkled with mango. The Chef’s sashimi platter that followed was impeccable. The range of cocktails were bewildering. We experimented with one called “Nairobi to Tokyo.” Even though “Nairobi to Tokyo” did not disappoint, we preferred the conventional cocktails. On a latter visit we had a bottle of Lambrusco, which was chilled to perfection.

Nairobi may feel like a outrageously long way to go for a good outing, but somehow, going all the way for Onami does not feel that outrageous.

Westgate Mall, Mwanzi Rd, Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya | +254 713 328 688

Blue Ocean Sushi

In Restaurants on 16 June 2011 at 10:08 pm

Sushi in a landlocked state in the middle of USA. Doesn’t sound like a good idea, right! Well, sometimes, you just need to have it.

I was in St. Louis, Missouri for four days straight and my mind kept wandering to the fruits of the sea. The first try was disastrous. Tani Sushi Bar, in the pretentious Clayton area of the St. Louis, has to be avoided like the plague. What is the one thing that sushi needs to be. Fresh! Exactly what it was not.

Refusing to be discouraged, I asked, I listened, I eavesdroped and it finally paid off. Off the campus of Washington University is an area which is called – wait for it – the streetcar suburb or the Delmar Loop. How entirely charming is that. Delmar Loop is a delight. All kinds of exotic food intimately cohabiting with a bustling market. For a Indian boy like me, the serenity of the midwest is a bit daunting and Delmar Loop was a welcome temporary respite for it.

On to the Blue Ocean Sushi. It is an unpretentious restaurant. One might say, it even felt a bit run down. Undaunted by my Tani Sushi Bar experience, I stepped in and I am so glad that I did. I sat at the bar and the sushi chef, who seemed to be a Washington University student, started bantering immediately with me. Within moments, the slightly rundown bits of the restaurants went out of focus.

The sushi was fresh and very nicely done. The bento box that followed was sumptuous. There was even a large portion of salad in stead of the customary tempura. Fantastic meal and it was less than 10 quid. If you ever find yourself in St. Louis, this is the place to head to if you crave sushi. There is even an all you can eat deal for 21 dollars.

609 Eastgate Ave, St Louis, MO 63130. +1 314-721-9168

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