Every roll I’ve had so far is AMAZING. Don’t expect your typical sushi order (California Roll, Dynamite Roll, etc.). Instead, explore their menu and try a little bit of everything.

Great date spot given the intimate environment.


– Douglas H., Irving, TX, Yelp

Nori Handroll Bar Deep Ellum: Temak, Tapas, and Sake

Nori Handroll Bar has the cozy and lively character of an izakaya that complements well with the hip and trendy vibe of the DFW. It focuses on bringing the culinary experience of the streets of Tokyo in Deep Ellum. They do this by serving Japanese handrolls encompassing fresh fish of the utmost quality. Likewise, they offer an array of curated sake and Japanese craft beers.


Nori Handroll Bar Deep EllumNori Handroll Bar is one of the frontrunners when it comes to the battle of handrolls in Deep Ellum. The hand-sized rolls of crispy seaweed holding warm sushi rice and appetizing seafood is a massive trend in Dallas right now. But don’t expect this Deep Ellum restaurant to you with a typical American sushi experience. They don’t just hand you a plate full of sushi all at once. Instead, they serve each of your orders individually to preserve their freshness.

The brains behind Nori Handroll Bar are Mark Lee and Jimmy Park, who helped with the opening of Pōk the Raw Bar. The sushi bar has that minimalistic and chic appeal of the big city, which many may find unappealing. Nonetheless, you will be surprised at what will greet you after passing through its Noren curtain. Inside the main room, you’ll find a counter that can seat 24 guests, as well as a hip and sleep ambiance with chill music playing in the background. 

The menu of Nori Handroll Bar is just as minimalist as the restaurant itself. If you’re not familiar with Japanese terms, you’ll find the list bizarre and funny at times. Likewise, the names of their temaki or handroll menu sets are creative and represent your level of hunger. These include I Could Eat, Hungry, Starving, and Hangry. 

Some of its most popular dishes include the Red Crab, King Salmon, Chicken Karaage, Ebi Katsu Handroll, and Salmon Sashimi. And while waiting for your orders, they serve a complimentary starter dish.

Nori’s opening times are as follows:

  • Monday to Thursday: 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM and 5:30 PM – 10:30 PM
  • Friday: 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM and 5:30 PM – 12 AM
  • Saturday: 11:30 AM – 12 AM without breaks
  • Sunday: 12 PM – 9 PM

A Culinary Journey From The Streets Of Tokyo To The Deep Ellum Neighborhood