Recently, I went to 7 Nana on Shrewsbury Street in Worcester with a group. The restaurant is located behind Leo’s restaurant and in the old Bancroft Motors building. Valet parking is available but we were pleasantly surprised with the ample amount of parking in the back.
Upon entering the restaurant, we were immediately greeted with a sign that, to us, seemed to be scolding us. It stated that anyone who would be dining at the hibachi tables were required to order at least 2 meals. Nothing like setting the tone for your restaurant whereby patrons are forced to adhere to your rules. While I know that rules are needed, that sign seemed unnecessary. We laughed over the sign, contemplating whether we wanted to go into a place that was already making me feel not welcome, but we continued on.
Our reservation was for seven o’clock on a Thursday night. I was surprised to see that the restaurant was empty. On our way to the bar, we peeked into the hibachi room, which is separate from the dining area. The hibachi’s were small and seemed to lend themselves to a more intimate setting as opposed to large tables where, you ultimately sit with people you don’t know and smile awkwardly.
We continued on to the bar and were hit with a strong smell of bleach. I guess it was better than smelling fish. The smell dissipated after a while so it didn’t ruin the experience. The bar area is enormous and included a raw bar and sushi chef. The room is dark and stylish and had a large cascading wall feature sets the tone, as does the gigantic and beautiful chandelier that changed colors. I really liked the vibe in the bar and think it would be a great place to meet up with friends for drinks.
As the hour went on and the rest of our party joined us, the bar filled and seemed to have a great lively crowd. The drinks ranged from $9 and up. I ordered a French Martini that was very good. The rest of the party ordered warm Sake and Sapporo, a Japanese Beer. When we were ready, we settled the bar bill and moved into the dining area. There was only one other table of two seated in the dining area. Our server came right over and despite bringing a couple of wrong drinks, did a great job with such a rowdy crowd.
We looked over the extensive menu that included sashimi, rolls, and noodles. Two people in our party didn’t want sushi so they ordered the complete meals. The other four of us shared sushi and soba noodles. The meals came quickly and the presentation was great.
All of us were very happy with the food. We ordered the following rolls: Spicy Tuna, Shrewsbury ’60, Red Sox, King of Dragon, and Sex on the Beach. Each roll was so incredible that we couldn’t pick a favorite. The other people in our party ordered the Seafood Special with Americanine sauce (yes, it says Americanine. Canine, as in dog. When we questioned the server about it, she could not tell us what the sauce was. It is actually a typo on the menu. Americaine sauce is a lobster based fish sauce.) Our dinner bill per couple, including tip, was $75. It’s not cheap but we didn’t find it too unreasonable. If someone in your party doesn’t like sushi they will be able to find something on the menu but choices are limited.
I think 7 Nana is a nice addition to Worcester’s restaurant and bar scene. Even though we have many other great sushi and Japanese style restaurants popping up in the area I think this one will provide some great competition. I would recommend 7 Nana for its atmosphere and delicious food. I actually can’t wait to go back and try some more of the great sushi rolls!