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[Izakaya] Nome Izakaya

Restaurant: Nome Izakaya
Cuisine: Japanese
Location: North York
Address: 4848 Yonge St
Price Range: $5~15

1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very Good 5: Excellent

Food: 3.5
Service: 4
Ambiance: 4
Overall: 4

Extra information:

* Only open for dinner (6PM)
* Oyster special on Tues & Wed

Nome Izakaya is one of the newer Izakayas that's opened up North- I actually dropped by Nome Izakaya for the first time way back in August. I know it's been awhile but I've gone back several times after, which must mean it's good, yes? Well, read the rest and decide for yourself.

I first heard about Nome through a friend that lives up North and she told me how they have oyster specials on Tuesday and Wednesdays for only a $1 each. There are couple locations in downtown that's closer to me which also has oyster specials for $1 but I love izakayas so I thought what the heck.

So my friend and I dropped in on a Wednesday night to get our oyster fix as well as to check out some other items off of their regular menu. Walking in, I was pleasantly surprised by their clean, somewhat brightly lit interior. I don't know what I was expecting, but a lot of the restaurants uptown are run-down so it was nice to walk into a clean restaurant that wasn't falling apart. They also have a sushi bar so feel free to drop in even if you are by yourself!



DIY Drink with grapefruit

Grapefruit Sawa, TaDa!!

Ordered: Oyster Special 5/5

* $1 per oyster on Tues & Wed
* They had Malpeque oyesters on special so that's what we got
* Came with horseradish, white wine vinegar and cocktail sauce
* Oysters were fresh and didn't need much condiments
* I asked for tabasco sauce and had it with some horseradish
* Personally I prefer creamier tasting ones but for $1, you can't really complain!

Ordered: Octo-Wasabi 3/5

* Pickled Octopus with chopped wasabi stem for $3.50
* This was a little stickier than I would have liked
* Overall it had good wasabi flavor
* Use your best chopstick skills since it is hard to pick up the tiny slimy pieces
* Some places serve it with seaweed/nori to wrap it in which I like
* This is usually good as an appetizer

Sake Time!!

Ordered: Shrimp Udon Salad 5/5

* Fresh vegetables with assorted seafood on bed of udon topped with wasabi vinaigrette dressing for $7.80
* This is really big in portion for what you pay (it could be a meal for one)
* On the menu it says assorted seafood but it only comes with shrimps
* I personally really like this dish because it is light and I love the vinaigrette dressing
* They say that the dressing is wasabi-vinaigrette but really it's just a soy-based vinaigrette
* Underneath all the salad, there is udon and you mix everything together
* I've had this couple times and they were a little inconsistent with the udon (once it was over cooked) but overall it is a solid dish

Ordered: Mack Attack 2/5

* Lightly seared mackerel with ginger, green onions and soy sauce for $9.80
* I think this was probably the most disappointing dish of the night
* I know this is suppose to be lightly seared but it was way over done and served a little too warm
* Also it was way too salty, soy sauce was not needed at all and even by itself I needed some water after
* I wouldn't order this again

Ordered: Beef Sashimi 4/5

* Thinly sliced beef sashimi and fresh egg yolk $8.70
* This is a beef tartar also known as Yuke in Korean
* Served Korean style with egg yolk and Korean pear, you are suppose to mix everything together
* The soy sauce dressing that the meat was already marinated in was a little too sweet for my liking
* But overall it was fresh with good quality beef and enjoyable with some beer


Beer Time!!

Ordered: Tiger Shrimp 3.5/5

* Deep fried tempura with sweet chili mayo $8.50
* 6 pieces of shrimp tempura served with shrimp chips
* This is one of my favorite things to order from Izakayas
* Because the tempura was pre-covered in sauce prior to serving, by the time I ate them the batter was a little soggy
* Other than that I really like the sauce and the shrimp chips that was served on a side became good snack for beer as well

Complimentary: Maguro & Avocado Tartare 4/5

* This was complimentary from the restaurant
* This dish probably had the best visual presentation with balsamic reduction sauce and flower petals
* Sashimi went well with avocado chunks covered in garlic oil
* Overall a very smooth tasting dish

Summary: I appreciate the fact that I can actually hold proper conversation when I am at this place, let alone hear myself think. I really can't stand to sit through an hour meal with the typical izakaya shouting every other minute- that's over rated and irritating now. Overall I really like Nome Izakaya and I will def go back, the waitresses are always friendly and sometimes it's nice to not wait for 2 hours before you are seated. I just hope they will improve on keeping the consistency of the dishes down the road.



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The beef sashimi is an odd addition to their menu. That does make me wonder if the place is under Korean ownership? or if it's simply Japanese ownership, but appealing to possibly the Korean clientele. It'll be good to know that I don't have to go as far as Richmond Hill for the raw korean beef.
Thanks, I hadn't seen this restaurant covered elsewhere yet!
December 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKen
Nome Izakaya is owned by Koreans, hence why there is such a heavy Korean influence for their menu selection. I really like this spot though! :)
December 7, 2012 | Registered CommenterJustine Ha

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