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Brought to you by Jimmy Park, former Nobu chef and one of the best in the art of Temaki- style Sushi, Nori Handroll Bar now has Deep Ellum completely wrapped. Thanks to its great atmosphere that goes along with the artsy and urban vibe of Deep Ellum, the brand new Japanese restaurant is now the official hangout in all the neighborhood, and it only has been open since September 2018.
When walking into Nori Handroll Bar, you will feel right in the middle of Tokyo, as it has been inspired by three different concepts of Japanese culture. Business partner Mark Lee told us that they wanted people to sense Tokyo right off the bat in the principal room, where a dark and lively feel comes into play by representing the typical pubs/bars in the city called “izakaya.” Here you’ll be able to find various types of sake, craft beer, and wine.
Moving on to the second and primary dining space, they wanted to bring the elegance and modernism of a high-end sushi restaurant where minimalism and design come together. You are able to see that there are no tables, but only a bar and 26 stools infusion. At Nori, they want you to be part of the action especially as guests are able to watch chef Park create his exquisite plates with such delicacy and art right in front of them.
Lastly, Nori Handroll Bar combines Anime and the fun and artsy side of Deep Ellum at the end of the restaurant, where you will find a two-section mural of Godzilla eating sushi while destroying downtown Dallas. The mural was brought to life thanks to a high school drawing contest. They wanted to create something fun, and instead of hiring someone to come draw it, they decided to host a contest to find the best combination of Japanese and American culture.
During our visit, we were able to learn a thing or two about Japanese cuisine. In particular, we were very impressed to find out that all fish used to create any dish at Nori Hand Roll Bar comes all the way from the most famous Japanese Fish Market, Tsukiji. All fish is flown in within 30 to 48 hours and it’s known to be completely fresh and of the best quality.
Fish is not the only thing that has put this place on the map, but the Nori or seaweed itself is what has put the final touch on any of their signature handrolls. This particular Nori is something you haven’t tried before. It’s crunchy and they advise you to eat it within 5 seconds of handing it to you, as they don’t want it to get wet or soggy with the other sushi elements. Itis seriously something you need to experience. If not for anything else, the place also has a very instagrammable neon sign that you will want to share all over social media, #Rollgasm.
Overall, Nori Handroll Bar has exceeded our expectations, and they are here to stay with excellent service, ambiance, and exceptional cuisine. Make sure you give them a visit at 2814 Elm Street or order lunch to-go only available on Caviar at wwwnorihandrollbar.com. Follow them on instagram at @norihandrollbar and tag your pictures at #newtodallasguide or @newtodallasguide if you decided to go, we want to see you!
Their menu is very versatile and has different options even for the most squeamish; we recommend you to try:
Salmon Sashimi – Salmon, truffle ponzu, micro cilantro, roasted garlic, ar a ship, black pepper.