Sunday, July 17, 2022


Nami Japanese Restaurant 

A lazy summer afternoon found Barbara and I standing in the parking lot of a White Rock corner store looking across the street at what was to us, was a new restaurant. Barbara made the suggestion that we make a dinner reservation for the night of the outdoor Fleetwood MAC & ABBA Concert at Five Corners which happened to be within walking distance of the restaurant.

So Thursday evening July 14 six of us settled in at Nami Japanese Restaurant for what was to be a very delightful dining experience. Their website states the following:

Here at Nami, you are catered by our kind staff in a warm and welcoming vibe with our very own delicious traditional Japanese food. 

They lived up to their website posting, it is one of the nicest Japanese restaurants we have visited in the Fraser Valley. The decor was pleasant, the restaurant was spotless, and nicely air conditioned.  Nami Japanese Restaurant employs very friendly and efficient staff to see to our comfort. 

The chef/owner came to the table to see how we were enjoying the food. When a chef comes to your table it adds so much more to the dining experience! Barbara mentioned she and I were wary of eating sushi and had ordered cooked meals. He prepared one of his favourite dishes to sample; with a piece for the six of us. We were all very impressed with how flavourful the salmon dish was. 

Their menu is quite extensive featuring all the traditional Japanese dishes, there is something there for everyone's taste. The restaurant was doing a very brisk take-out and home delivery business as well as taking care of in-house diners.

The beverage menu is small but sufficient, offering  BC VQA wines, Japanese beer and Saki.

Our meals began with the traditional tea, among the best I have tasted, refills were frequent. The miso soup was incredible; I could go back for the tea and soup alone!

My main dish was the Katuso Don consisting of a deep fried crumbed pork cutlet with rice and salad. Three of us chose the chicken or beef teriyaki meals, and two chose sushi dishes, none of us was disappointed. It took us a year to discover this gem, we look forward to visiting often.