The oyster shooters at the brand new Dami Sushi & Izakaya in Buena Park should be on bucket lists. It is absolutely phenomenal. My taste buds were begging for an awakening and this friends, is it. The shot comes on ice with a lemon slice, the raw oyster is bathed in sake and blinged out in tobiko & quail egg. The flavors are sweet and salty goodness. I can’t stop thinking about ’em. It is culinary perfection.
My girl Julie is the best date, it was her first time doing oyster shots too. You suck the juice out of the lemon, throw back the shot, chew and wait for the flavors to explode in your mouth!
Yakitori: Dami offers fourteen different skewers. This is Asparagus Maki ($3), I loved it. The flavors work and I love the texture. Also tried the Enoki Mushroom Maki (not pictured) and that was good too.
Dami Special: Tuna, Salmon, Albacore, Crab Meat and Avocado wrapped in Cucumber. This was my fave roll.
Oyster Tempura: Enoki Mushroom with Grated Radish and Ponzu Sauce. I’m not sure if this is the full serving or just for media tasting but it was good. Another one of my faves.
$1 Oyster Happy Hour is everyday from 5-7pm and again from 9-11pm
Saewoojang (Preserved Shrimp) Rice Bowl: This isn’t for the faint of heart but I know there are local foodies looking for some new eats so I’m totally sharing. The Raw Shrimp is preserved with special soy sauce, dried pollack, jujube and lemon slices over rice. The picture is for media tasting, the full size order is 3 preserved shrimp over rice. Next level Andrew Zimmern food right here.
Whole Grain Salad: Black Rice, Indian Millet, Lentil, Kidney Beans with Fresh Mozzarella, Baby Mesclun and Soy Vinaigrette. The picture on the left is the portion they gave us for the media tasting and the right is what is actually served. The salad is light and modern, a good alternative.
I wanted to like this Chicken Breast Yakitori but sadly I did not. The wasabi killed it. The flavors from what I could tell were good. I actually grew up eating yakitori and have never had wasabi on it. Not a fan. Will I order it again? YES! Without wasabi of course.
My thoughts: The restaurant is brand new and opened in the new Village Center on Beach just last month. The menu is exciting and adventurous, keep an open mind with these dishes and let your taste buds be your guide! I love the modern styling of Dami, the industrial and natural wood finishes are reminiscent of Japanese minimalist design. There are three 55″ televisions, two 45″ televisions and a 180″ projection system above the sushi bar to feature sports and entertainment. I could just tell that owners Thomas Shin and Brandon Lee put a lot of thought into this restaurant, their touch is in every little detail – from the look in the restaurant itself to the gorgeous dishes, I am very proud to be a neighbor! TWO WORDS: OYSTER SHOOTERS.
Dami Sushi & Izakaya
5151 Beach Blvd.
Buena Park, CA 90621
Current Restaurant Hours: 5pm-12am
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