Holmgren Way is home to several of Green Bay’s greatest sports bars, but it’s also home to Nakashima of Japan– a sushi bar and hibachi location hiding between tall apartments and a hotel. The building is easily identifiable when you’re driving along in the daylight. My husband and I went after a Packers game once pre-pandemic to wait out the traffic. We enjoyed ourselves, but we hadn’t been back since then.
My mother was in town. She’s also a big sushi person. Living in rural central Illinois limits her sushi options, however, so we brought her to Nakashima originally to experience their hibachi. We didn’t make a reservation. The wait would have been an hour. This is to be expected with hibachi, especially so when the restaurant expresses problems with being short staffed in a small sign at the door when you arrive.
I was too hungry to wait an hour for an open table, so we decided to go to their sushi room for dinner. The restaurant has largely converted to a QR code menu, but paper menus are available for those that aren’t accustomed to QR menus such as my mother. Nakashima has a sister restaurant in Appleton that allows for a Yakiniku experience– that isn’t available at the Green Bay location.
Despite being short staffed, it was clear that the serving staff at Nakashima pushes themselves to provide the best experience they can for their diners under the circumstances. I never felt ignored. The sushi came out beautifully, and our drinks were tended to in a timely manner. A water decanter is delivered at the start of the meal, so if you aren’t going through cocktails quickly, you’ll be just fine.
Nakashima is one of the best sushi experiences in town, and it restored my faith in midwestern sushi after a rough time at Sushi Lover in March. Going back with my mother that week reminded my husband and I exactly what we were missing by often restricting ourselves to the east side of town. Nakashima, we’ll be back. Thank you for a delicious meal.