Do you love sushi?? If you do, you know how important it is to find places that serve fresh fish full of flavor. What if I told you I found a place with super fresh seafood and decent prices as well? Well if I were you, I would be pretty stoked! This is exactly how I felt last week when I was invited to Dami Sushi and Izakaya in the city of Buena Park in Orange County, California. Dami Sushi recently opened March 28, 2014 and I visited their restaurant on April 22nd with my dear friend from work and man oh man we were we in for a treat!!
Owners Thomas Shin and Brandon Lee truly strive for utmost perfection with their newly opened restaurant. The atmosphere inside of Dami was welcoming and bright and had trendy and modern décor both inside and outside the establishment.
Upon being seated at Dami, we were introduced to a tasting menu designed to share with me the variety of options on the menu. This menu designed for the evening also included three delicious tastings of sake and a choice of beer from a variety of 11 different selections on tap! For my beer I chose the Bootlegger’s Hefeweizen and I think I made the perfect choice! Bootlegger’s is a local brewery in Orange County based out of Fullerton that my friend was quite familiar with. This beer was smooth and creamy. The first sake we got to sample was by far my favorite one of the evening. It was called Shin-rai Junmai Daiginjo and while this item in particular I cannot call a deal being that it is $95/bottle, I can definitely say it was one of the best sakes I have ever tried. It resembled a white wine to me, but with a distinct sake flavor. This was very light and well balanced! To start our meal we received oyster shooters marinated in sake and quail egg, as well as oysters on the half shell!
For our first courses we tried a plate of three items which included; the Jawanmushi, which was a Japanese steamed egg custard with shrimp, ginko nuts, and shitake mushroom, whole grain salad with black rice, Indian millet, lentil, kidney beans, mozzarella cheese, baby mesclun, and soy vinaigrette, Siraegi (dried radish greens) rice bowl with slow cooked soy dashi, baby anchovy, rice, masago, and radish sprouts. Each of these items was full of flavor and they each had a different consistency, but we both agreed that our personal favorite was the Siraegi. The Siraegi had a great texture and there was just the proper blend of salty and savory flavors and left me to desire for more. These items were all under $10 and there was a larger portion you could order of the Jawanmushi for $16.
Next, my favorite main course item of the evening arrived…This was the Dami Seafood box, which also happens to be one of their signature dishes! There were 8 different dishes of seafood which included fresh ahi (some of the best ahi I have ever had), halibut, yellowfin, abalone, salmon, chirashi, and red snapper. This seafood box is well worth its $40 and paired with the second sake, Jokigen Junmai Ginjo, we were in heaven!
The next serving we received included a sampling of sushi rolls, yakitori, oyster tempura, and vegetables. The 2 sushi rolls we sampled were the love roll and the pink lady. The Love roll was decked out with salmon, tuna, yellowtail, albacore, avocado, cucumber, and soy paper. The Pink Lady roll had crabmeat, avocado, cucumber and tuna. This second roll was unique because there was no rice. 🙂 This is definitely a great option for the person counting their carbs. 🙂 We were served three types of yakitori; chicken, mushrooms, and asparagus. Each of these items was full of flavor! The oyster tempura was one of my friend’s favorites and this is a huge statement because she usually despises oysters. She could not get enough! The vegetables, called Oshinko came with Japanese pickled carrots, radish and cucumber. These vegetables are complimentary with every order. 🙂
For our last dishes of the evening, we were served a Ssam-Bab Set, which is spicy pork belly, lettuce wraps and a dish of 3 amazing concoctions. The 3 items on the last dish included Msio Chilean Sea Bass (the most amazing buttery fish with decadent flavor you can imagine), Golbang Yi Muchim (Se Snail Salad), & Saewoojang (Preserved Shrimp) Rice Bowl. I heard the sea snail salad was amazing, but I was not daring enough to delve into it, so I cannot give my opinion there, but the shrimp was pretty spectacular being that it had been marinated in soy sauce for 7 days!! As I said before I was in love with the Sea Bass! The sea bass and the Seafood box are definitely what I plan to order when I go back!
The last item of the evening was a unique dessert which I was unsure of upon hearing what it was, but it was literally love at first sight! This dessert was a Matcha Green Tea Crème Brulee and it was literally heaven biting into this dessert. The only bummer for me was that I had to share this dish with my friend. I will easily devour one of these on my own next time I visit Dami Sushi!!
If you like what you have heard about above, you must head in to Dami Sushi & Izakaya in Buena Park soon! Their dinner entrees range in price from $10-$20 per entrée and their hours are 5:00pm-midnight! I love when places are open later in the evening like that! They will also have lunch hours coming soon!
One other item, I must mention that I know all of you will love is their awesome happy hour!! Dami Sushi has a $1 oyster Happy hour from 5:00pm-7:00pm & 9:00pm-11:00pm daily!! There were will be more happy hour menu items coming to their menu soon as well!
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