Dami Sushi and Izakaya in Buena Park, California, just had their grand opening and invited us to try some of their signature dishes. They also generously donated a $100 gift certificate that you can enter to win below!
|I loved the decor and greenery everywhere!|
Especially once we tried the food.
Next we tried two oyster dishes prepared in wildly different ways: the Oyster Tempura ($16), served with ponzu sauce on a bed of enoki mushroom and grated daikon, and the Oyster Shooter, which was a shot glass on ice with a raw oyster, ponzu sauce, masago fish roe, a raw quail egg, and green onions. I loved the oyster tempura, but did not care for the shooter as I found it too overpowering and vinegary and was literally coughing after swallowing it. I don't like regular shots of alcohol either, so I would chalk this up to difference in taste because other guests said it was their favorite thing.
|Wasabi Chicken Breast|
|Half of the Dami Sushi Box, so pretty!|
|Ssam-bab Set, with sizzly spicy pork belly|
|Matcha Green Tea Creme Brulee|
The Match Green Tea Crème Brûlée was just perfect. Not too sweet, not too bitter, and the fresh berries were a great contrast. I'd go back just to eat this.
Dami was also kind enough to let us try three of their sakes. I am not a drinker, so I found it fascinating to taste three different types of sake. The Sihin-Rai Junmai Daiginjo ($95) had a wonderful scent and super crisp finish, the Jokigen Junmai Gingo ($60) was a stronger and bolder sake, and the Tenpuichi Tokubetsu Junmai ($19) was the sweetest. I'm no expert on sake, but I really liked the way sake went with the dishes we tried.
|Clams in their briny and mildly spicy broth!|
Now, the kind people at Dami Sushi and Izakaya have provided me with a $100 gift certificate to give away on my blog! Simply "like" Miss Mochi's Adventures on Facebook and leave a comment on the Facebook giveaway announcement here on what dish I mentioned in this review that you are most excited to try at Dami. Don't have a facebook? Just comment below, but you can't comment anonymously or I won't be able to contact you if you win. *This contest is now closed, congrats to Natasha!*
Disclaimer: As mentioned above, Mr. Mochi and I were invited to a complimentary menu tasting. However, I was not required to blog about the event, let alone paid or pressured to write a positive review. I also visited the restaurant again as a paying customer before penning this, and will be returning again soon in the future. This review reflects solely my opinions, and the prices are at the time of publication.
Dami Sushi and Izakaya
5151 Beach Blvd
Buena Park, CA 90621