Sapa: Sushi and Sake in Nürnberg

This past weekend we had the pleasure of celebrating one of our friend’s birthdays at Sapa, a Vietnamese and sushi spot in Nürnberg (Nuremberg).

It opens at 6 p.m. for dinner, and the tiny parking lot fills up by 6:30. If you’re planning to arrive after 6:30, I definitely recommend looking up the location of a parking garage or Parkplatz beforehand. The restaurant is right off a very busy road, so street parking spots are few and far between.

We had a party of 15, and were able to get seating all together without a reservation. One of our friends politely asked if the staff if they could push several tables together and they were happy to accommodate our request.

There was a large variety of appetizers, sushi, and hot entrees. We ordered a salmon vietnamese spring roll that was stuffed with mango, fresh mint, and veggies, and came with two delicious dipping sauces. And, of course, we got a small bottle of sake.

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When it came to deciding on sushi, Lee and I ordered four 8-piece rolls to share. I like pretty much every type of sushi, so it was hard to narrow down my choices. We chose the hot spicy salmon, the fried salmon roll, and the sake nikko roll. For our fourth roll, we told our waitress to let the sushi chef create something random. You can specify which type of fish you prefer, and let him come up with whatever crazy combination he feels like! Our “mystery” roll ended up containing salmon, cucumber, avocado, and salmon roe on top.

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The presentation was beautiful, and I was extremely excited about how much wasabi and ginger were on the plate!

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It’s hard to pick a favorite roll, because they were all fantastic. But, the fried salmon roll was definitely funky and different. The cream cheese was slightly warm and very soft, and it contrasted nicely with the super crunchy deep-fried tempura shell.

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I can’t remember the last time I was this full from eating sushi, but it’s hard to pace yourself when the food tastes this good!

Looking around at everyone else’s plates, I think it’s safe to say that anything you order here will be amazing. And, you can wash it all down with a German beer. What’s not to love?

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And it will always come with plenty of wasabi (is your mouth watering yet?)

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