Namo, a new sushi joint from the 21-year-old restaurateur behind Pōk the Raw Bar, opens tonight next door to his poke place in the West Village.
The forthcoming sushi spot from SMU student Brandon Cohanim will debut at 3699 McKinney Avenue Suite 305, and promises to be Dallas’ first devoted to temaki or “hand-rolls,” a super snackable seaweed cone filled with raw fish, rice, and veggies. At Namo, dinners will find bar seating for 20 amidst warm-toned, modern interiors offset with steel and Japanese wood.
Namo’s menu will offer 12 temaki and sashimi options inspired by Cohanim’s travels around the world, specifically to the renowned Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo. At Namo, temaki is served a la carte or in orders of three to six pieces ranging from $4 to $7.50. The seaweed used for Namo’s sushi cones is harvested in Japan and roasted by the restaurant for an extra crunch not typically found in traditional sushi rolls.
As far as drinks are concerned, wine, beer, and sake will be on tap, poured into petit glasses for a smaller price tag. “It allows diners to get in and get out without committing to a giant drink,” Cohanim tells Eater. Namo also has a “nitro cold brew” tea, which Cohanim says has a softer texture and better flavor with the addition of nitrogen.
Namo claims to be the first temaki joint in Dallas, but it will not be the last. Cohanim’s former business partner in Pōk decided to open his own temaki eatery in Deep Ellum, which will debut there before the end of the year.
When Namo opens later this summer, it will operate Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday until midnight.