*Disclosure: I was invited to dine at Takami Sushi. Views expressed in this post are solely mine. I will always provide my 100% honest and transparent opinion, the complimentary dinner did not impact my feedback.
Having to grow up and live in Vancouver, BC all my life – Japanese food has always been my number 1 go to. However, the only thing I will say that I have issues having is raw fish sushi. I know I know, being Filipino I should love eating fish – which I did at one point but now something with the taste and texture has leaned me off it. I still eat seafood like shellfish but fish is always the last option for me to eat.
Coming to Takami Sushi changed my mind.
Takami Sushi opened up not too long ago – about 6 months ago. The owner of the place wanted to bring fresh seafood to Edmonton, AB. As most know, Edmonton is an inland city so seafood is normally brought in frozen. However, Takami Sushi promises to import fresh seafood straight from Japan every Thursday. The best time to go is Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Hiding in a bunch of industrial buildings just off Calgary Trail, Takami Sushi may be hard to find if you’re not looking for it. The parking space is huge but I can only imagine that this area will start to boom with businesses in the near future!
When you first enter you’ll notice more of an intimate dining experience but as you walk further in, space opens up. Big and wide windows all around with unique decor.
Takami specializes in fresh fish
(which is very rare being in Edmonton) so although they do have cooked options in their menu it’s not a wide range of items. However quality in the taste and presentation per dish makes up for it. And this is coming from someone who is very particular in choosing fish as an item of choice.
You can 100% tell the difference in the taste of frozen and fresh seafood. In fact, even their wasabi is freshly made whereas other Japanese restaurants are made from wasabi powder. I honestly could NOT taste the wasabi in the nigiri – I actually even forgot there was wasabi in them.
We were also lucky enough to be invited to watch the head sushi chef in creating Omakase Nigiri (Chef’s choice) in the back. Stay tuned for Myra’s YouTube video that will highlight this creation. I didn’t realize how artistic creating sushi was and to top it all off, it ended up being delicious of course!
Not only do they take care of their customers by making their stomachs happy but they also genuinely care about the customer’s experience. Everyone including the managers to the cooks was very attentive and welcoming everyone with big open smiles.
Straight from Japan to Edmonton, Takami Sushi is a must-go for all Sushi Lovers.