Halifax is a welcoming city with an expansive culinary scene. Whether you’re looking for classic seafood fare or something more exotic, there’s a spot for you. If you’re looking for omakase or kaiseki dining, here are five spots worth checking out.
Living in Halifax, it would be a crime not to start with Sushi Shige. Sushi Shige is run by Shigeru Fukuyama, who is originally from Japan. He has over 40 years of experience in sushi restaurants, including a stint at the famous Jiro Ono’s Sukiyabashi in Ginza, Tokyo.
His journey in Canada is just as impressive. He first become a chef in Toronto and later moved to Halifax in 2002. Since then he found Sushi Shige, which has been impressing Halifax locals and visitors for years.
Dining in Sushi Shige feels like home. It’s small and intimate with only 20 seats. The restaurant has a variety of traditional Japanese food from sashimi, sushi, udon, soba, donburi, makimono, and more in affordable prices.
But of course for those who looking for an intimate experience, omakase is available too and it’s only $80 per person. You can enjoy Shige’s selection of full courses of sushi and sashimi. The omakase is available for dinner only, from Monday to Saturday with reservations several days in advance.
Omakase Price: Start from $80 per person, not including tax, drink, gratuity
Information & Booking: https://www.shige.ca/
Sushi Nami Royale
Bring Japanese cuisine to Atlantic Canada Since 2001, Today Sushi Nami Royale has 4 locations and counting across the Maritimes.
Sushi Nami is known for its Izakaya style which means you can order small plates to share or traditional sushi rolls, the price is affordable and a good place to enjoy Japanese food with alcohol.
If you looking for omakase or fine dining, Sushi Nami is not quite a place for you, but if you looking for Multi-course meals at an affordable price, kaiseki at Sushi Nami is a good choice which starts from $17.99.
Kaiseki here included one teriyaki you can choose the type of meat, soup, house salad, and dessert. Of course, it’s not omakase but it is worth trying if you want to enjoy Japanese kaiseki-style dining without spending too much money.
Or if you looking for dishes to start the party, Nami Boat is a good choice for a party with friends or family. The price is $54.99 per boat, it includes 6 pieces of sashimi, 5 pieces of nigiri, 3 spicy salmon makis, and 3 California makis.
Address: Downtown Halifax – 1458 Queen St, Halifax, NS B3J 2H7
Omakase Price: –
Information & Booking: https://sushinami.ca/
Since opening in 1995, Dharma Sushi has been serving up top-quality Japanese cuisine to hungry patrons, including rocking rolls, fresh sashimi, and other delicious dishes.
Under new leadership, the restaurant continues to expand upon its offerings, offering catering services and perfecting its patio season.
Dharma Sushi’s commitment to quality and innovative menu items has remained constant over the years, with recent additions like Gyudon–a donburi dish made with beef and onions cooked in a soy sauce-based broth and served on rice. This popular and everyday meal is a staple of Japanese cuisine, and Dharma Sushi is proud to offer it to its customers.
Well, this place has no omakase & kaiseki, but still has some chef’s choice offered menu like Sashimi Assortment(Fresh seafood raw slices), Sashimi and Sushi Dinner, and Chirashi Sushi(Scattered sushi). The price is affordable which is less than $30.
It may be irreplaceable to have omakase in Dharma Sushi, but still, this place is a good sushi restaurant to try in Halifax.
Address: 1576 Argyle St, Halifax, NS B3J 2B3
Omakase Price: –
Information & Booking: http://dharmasushi.ca/
The name feels like you will get a lot of wasabi in your sushi, but actually, Wasabi House is one of the best sushi restaurants in Halifax since 2011.
What’s good here? Almost everything on the menu is good, it’s hard to find a dish that you don’t like. They have over 100 menu items including grill, sashimi, nigiri, tempura, donburi, maki/roll, and udon/soba.
If you come for the party, Imperial Sushi Combo might be your game plan which is $79.95 and included:
- 4 Miso soups
- Tempura appetizers
- 12 Pieces of Gyoza
- 20 Pieces of Nigiri
- 24 Pieces of Sashimi
- 26 Pieces of Makis
You may think prices are quite expensive, but when seeing what you get, it is a good deal for 4 people and if you share the cost, it would be more affordable.
Omakase Price: –
Information & Booking: https://wasabihouse.ca/
Kyo Kitchen & Bar
Nothing better than dinner in a Jazz club ambiance with Japanese cuisine and good music, Kyo may be your place for a special night.
Kyo’s is a little bit different from the others because there is no omakase and kaiseki, but every dish they craft is like fine dining, they arrange all the elements on the plate to make it look like a piece of art.
Kyo is also known as the best place to drink cocktails, they have around 20 different cocktails, all of which are very creative and tasty. The cocktail menu changes every season, so you can always try something new when you come back.
Note: Jazz club is only available on Thursday night.
Omakase Price: –
Information & Booking: https://kyohalifax.ca/
The Maritimes might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of omakase, but Halifax is still has some choices to looking for this type of sushi. If you are a fan of sushi, Sushi Shige is worth a try when you are in Halifax.