Nori Sushi Bar is a small Japanese restaurant with about 30 seats in Vomero, Napoli. Although the name might be deceiving, the restaurant offers table dining only. The atmosphere is somewhat stylish and simplistic with a mixture of dark walls and thick wooden tables. Some dishes on the menu are influenced by Mexican cuisine, e.g. sushi tacos, but classical Japanese sushi dishes dominate the menu.
As a small group we decided to order a moriawase sashimi plate. It came with sake (salmon), maguro (tuna back), hamachi (yellowtail), ika (squid), ebi (shrimp), suzuki (sea bass) and ibodai (butterfish). As a small side order we had some raw ebi (shrimp) nigiri with ikura (salmon roe). The sake and suzuki was quite nice but I was most surprised by the ika, which was excellent. Even more so the raw ebi, which was the absolute highlight of the first course. The sake was good but not outstanding, only the tuna was disappointing.
While we had some wakama and takoyaki tempura (deep fried octopus – rather a Neapolitan dish than any other) side orders, we debated other à la carte options we could try. We went with some ika (squid) sashimi and unagi (freshwater eel), suzuki (sea bass) and obviously the raw ebi (shrimp) as nigiri. Although we only found hotategai (scallop) on the maki section of the menu, we managed to order some as nigiri as well. Since we really liked the ika, we were happy to get the sashimi plate on top of the mistakenly delivered ika nigiri.
Sushi Guide Verdict
Nori Sushi Bar is a very nice and cozy restaurant that might get full quickly on busy nights. The atmosphere is dark and only feels a little cold if there are few guests. The menu options are quite good and except for the tuna the taste and quality of the fish was fine. The drink menu is excellent and offered a wide variety of wines and sake to choose from. The service team was friendly and forthcoming but kept their distance. Overall it was a very good experience.
Review date: October 6, 2018