What first attracted me to this low-key establishment was the Chinese word written on the side of the restaurant doors: 黑, or “hei”, the color black, just like black sesame! I took it as a sign. This sushi joint is literally called “Black Square” and besides being conveniently located in my neighborhood, it is always bustling upstairs and down.
My pick of the moment, besides my usual salmon sashimi, is the pork-seared salmon nigiri. The fragrant bits of savory char can be tasted not only on the fish but on the rice as well. I just had to take a photo of it with their signature napkin, and not just because my Essie nail color matched the tobiko. This casual cozy spot is all about no-nonsense fresh food at a reasonable price. Their sister restaurant across the street is an even cozier spot with one little sushi bar and a small tatami seating area upstairs, so go on and take your pick.
黑方 Japanese Restaurant / Maoming Road, Shanghai