Tuesday, November 25, 2014

[Taipei] Nomura Sushi (のむら 野村鮨)

This is my current favorite sushi-ya in Taipei.  You will need a reservation for this one.  Lunch has the best CP (cost / performance) value but it's a place for quality and not quantity.  (Warning: You might leave hungry if you don't order additional pieces.)  This post has been hiding in my archive for so long simply because I didn't want to share it.  But then again, there are so many blogpost out there already so I guess the cat is long out of the bag.

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Nomura moved a few times.  The current restaurant is in Da-an district, quite close to Taipei 101.  I have been wanting to try this place for the longest time and I am glad to report it did not disappoint.  (I can't say I loved everything in the omakase but there are more hits than misses!)

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The appetizer
(L) pickled vegetables
(R) squid salad
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Serious man is the sexiest, especially when he is a chef.  XD
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I don't know what is sexier - the chef or the uni
Sorry chef, I have to go with the uni XD
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must request a closer seat to the chef next time so I can actually watch how he works
(too shy since it was my first visit this time!)
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Tai / 鯛 / Snapper

Chef Nomura got me in his first piece already.
Beautiful presentation and the fish is pristine
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Hirame / 比目魚 / Flounder

Probably my favorite in the whole omakase
This one has a shellfish-like texture
Very delicate but slight crunchy
I love it!
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Chutoro / 中トロ / Fatty Tuna

You can tell me this is steak and I will believe it.
Melts in your month goodness.
Unfortunately the toro flavor was slightly lacking.
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Aji / 鰺 / Horse Mackerel

One of my favorite sushi fish.
This one is fresh and tasty.
(If it's not fresh, it's VERY fishy! which was why I used to not eat/like this fish.)
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Beautiful china...
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...for a beautiful chawanmushi (茶碗蒸し)
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I love Japanese egg custards and this is is so delicious :P
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Kamasu / 梭子魚 / Pike

I think it is my first time trying this
Not entirely sure if it was me or the fish but my neta tasted fishy X_X
My least favorite in the omakase
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Amaebi / 甘えび / Sweet Shrimp

Pretty standard, meets expectations
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I know this is some kind of shellfish but I forgot the name.
Sorry!
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Hotate / 干貝 / Scallop

The scallop is steamed.and Chef Nomura gave it a palm punch!
(That punch startled me a little actually)
The scallop was very moist and soft.
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Uni / 雲丹 / Sea Urchin

My happy ending :)
Fresh, sweet, and umami packed!
美味い!!!
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I was actually still hungry but I wasn't asked if I wanted to encore any pieces.
Quite disappointed at that actually.
The soup was alright... can't really taste the shrimp miso.
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Chef Nomura had another pair of clients who's been encoring non-stop
So I was kinda ignored for a while.  I didn't even know if they are going to bring me my bill or what.
Finally, the chef remembered me and asked if I was still hungry.
I guess that's why I got chopped tuna instead of the regular cucumber rolls?
(or maybe he just felt generous that day?)
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I certainly don't mind this kind of generous... XD
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Black Honey Almond Tofu / 黑糖杏仁豆腐

Compared to the sushi, the desserts pale both in taste and presentation.

I know this is one of the many restaurants I would want to return the next time I go to Taipei again.  I don't know about you but I am always in this dilemma: (1) wanting to return to the restaurants I tried and love from my last visit; (2) wanting to try new restaurants that I hear a lot of good things about.  I guess it's a vicious cycle with no end... >.<

Nomura Sushi (のむら 野村鮨)
No. 4, Alley 19, Lane 300, Section 4, Ren'ai Rd, Da’an District Taipei City, Taiwan 106
台北市仁愛路四段300巷19弄4號
Tel: +886 (02) 2707 7518
Hours: (Lunch) 12:00 PM ~ 14:00 PM; (Dinner) 18:00 PM ~ 21:00 PM (Closes Monday)

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