But fret not, for this week I've been able to enjoy a meal at one of the newer restaurants in Swansea, called Nishimura on Brynymor Road.
Nishimura is a Japanese restaurant (if you had not already guessed from the name). It's one of only two I know of in the city - the other being Wasabi, in the Uplands. From the external photo you can see it's a pretty small place, with room for about twenty or so diners.
Unfortunately I couldn't take a great photo of the inside due to where I was sitting, so if you can imagine the photo below doubled and you have the approximate size of the place.
|Clean and modern, but very intimate.|
Small doesn't mean bad, although it does mean intimate. This is fine to an extent, but you will, at some stage, be sitting next to and sharing table space with strangers, so you'll have to keep the conversation relatively clean and inoffensive (if you weren't already planning to).
When you open the menu you'll be presented with an extensive list of Japanese delights including sushi, sashimi, noodles and rice dishes.
With two of us eating I decided to go for a selection of dishes to share - a plate of yaki soba (noodles with mixed vegetables and chicken - a Japanese chow mein), tempura prawn maki, spicy tuna maki and some gyoza (deep-fried dumplings).
|Spicy tuna maki.|
|The yaki soba... with a kick!|
|Warm and squidgy - lovely.|
Actually, looking back at my review of Wasabi restaurant and I realise I ordered EXACTLY the same choices! Talk about predictable...
Still, every item was of a good quality. The yaki soba was actually pretty spicy - not sure if this is just Nishimura's style, but it certainly had a bit of a kick. The sushi pieces was all freshly made and I enjoyed the tempura prawns still being warm, which is definitely a sign of being made fresh.
A final note is the service speed. As I've mentioned before, the food in Japanese restaurants always seems to arrive too quickly. Great if you are rushing off somewhere or popping there on your lunch break, not so good if you are looking for a nice evening out. We were in there at 7pm and by 7.40 I had paid the bill.
Of course this is just efficiency at its highest, and I'm sure I could have lingered longer but I could hear a pint of beer calling me in a nearby pub.
In all, I found Nishimura to be a very good addition to the growing number of small eastern restaurants cropping up in the Brynmill area. Gochisōsama deshita!