Surprises at restaurants can be interesting – you never know if it will be good or bad. That’s part of the adventure, though. Taking the first bite, unsure of what kind of flavor awaits your taste buds – that moment in time seems to stand still until the spark of taste ignites your palate. Some people are afraid of that moment of the unknown. I love the gamble. I’m willing to risk a chance at eating something terrible just to find something incredible.
When I first walked into Nimo’s Sushi Bar, I was about to take another dining gamble.
I met with Betsy and Rocky from MenuTrinfo for an adventurous sushi dinner. We were there a tad early, just as they opened for the night (they aren’t open for lunch). I felt that thrill of the risk increase as I noticed we were the only people in the restaurant. I wondered which way this dining surprise would go – an empty restaurant could mean bad news.
Nimo’s Sushi is in Campus West on Elizabeth in a nearly hidden, run down strip mall. It’s difficult to notice from the road if you’re not really looking for it. Owner and sushi chef Nimo Nemota brought over 30 years of sushi experience from Japan when he opened the restaurant in 1992. The place is typical of a hole-in-the-wall American-Japanese restaurant, with Japanese garb on the walls and paper room dividers that make them look like they’ve been stuck in an early 90’s time warp.
We started with appetizers – tempura, miso soup, salad with house-made soy-miso dressing, and steamed dumplings. Everything was pretty standard, but good. The shock of surprise hadn’t yet hit me.
We also ordered a large plate full of sushi – a nimo roll, squid, salmon, mackerel, and yellowtail nigiri.
I sat there tasting the vibrant flavor of the rice – bright, clean, tangy – just how sushi rice should be, and what has been missing from all other sushi restaurants in Fort Collins. The velvety slices of fish melted in my mouth, making my eyebrows raise with surprised approval. My eyes drifted back down towards the plate filled with rows of nigiri, like a seafood rainbow spread across the table.
Wow. This is it. I’ve found my next favorite sushi restaurant in Fort Collins.
There’s nothing novel about the sushi here. No crazy roll concoctions, or unusual flavor combinations. It’s classic, traditional, great sushi. While it’s nothing compared to some of the amazing sushi restaurants in Denver, this is the type of sushi I’ve been looking for – this is a place I’d want to recommend when people ask me who has some of the best sushi in town. Bite after bite, I was pleasantly surprised.
My green tea cheesecake dessert matched the quality standard of our appetizers – nice, but nothing exciting. The green tea flavor was extremely mild, making it seem more like I was just eating a moss green colored slice of New York-style cheese cake. But still, it was nice.
This was an interesting surprise to find some great sushi at Nimo’s. I wasn’t expecting it to be that great. I took a gamble, savoring that moment of the unknown, and feel like I came out a winner after the first bite of fish.
Kid-Friendly? I didn’t have the kids with me, but there were families coming in as we left.
Parking: Parking lot
Healthy Options? There are many to choose from!
Budget-Friendly? Average sushi pricing of $6-$7 per roll
Recent Health Inspection: Good