I am a sushi fanatic, so was excited to have some during my visit to Pittsburgh, but I did not expect much because I have heard from some chowhounds that Pittsburgh is not strong in Asian food restaurants.
We ordered a few rolls between us during the lunch hour, as well as a seaweed salad. Because Nakama puts so much priority on the steakhouse part of the restaurant, there is only one table for four in the restaurant for sushi eaters, so we had to sit at the bar. If you just want sushi, you can't sit in the steakhouse area. This was a bummer, because it made it harder for me to chat with my companions.
Our seaweed salad was $5, and it was tiny. The amount was fine for one serving, but was expensive for what you got. The spicy yellowtail roll was fresh and delicious, also affordable. The inside out rolls are the best deal on the sushi menu.
Our Hawaiian roll was scrumptious and so was the Caterpillar roll. The eel was fresh, which is something many sushi places aren't able to provide. Presentation was decorative.
I had a few issues here. If there is one pet peeve I have it is smoked salmon in my sushi. I can't blame Nakama for this because I ordered a Philadelphia roll (JB is my usual favorite) because I had forgotten that Philadelphia rolls use smoked salmon and are not the same as JB rolls. My enjoyment was tainted because of that. Their menu didn't detail what was in the Philly roll so I was caught off guard. I asked the bartender and he explained that none of their rolls use regular salmon except for the by the peice sushi. I am wondering if he was mistaken because there are quite a few rolls on the menu that included salmon, and if they all used smoked salmon, it would ruin the taste of the rolls.
My other issue is the sushi selection. While ok, it could use expanding (I must again grant that the steakhouse is the primary focus of this restaurant). I also would want to see some sushi lunch specials in addition to the cooked dish lunch specials available.
This would certainly be a good place to grab a drink one evening and enjoy some bites of sushi while you're at it.
The website has a menu: http://www.eatatnakama.com
It also lists discounts and events.