September 11, 2017

Nikkei in Rockwell: A Marriage of Japanese and Peruvian Cuisine

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  • Nikkei Restaurant in Rockwell offers a taste of extraordinary marriage of Western and Oriental cuisines with its Japanese Peruvian delicacies.

    Japanese-inspired interiors at Nikkei restaurant.

    Japanese Peruvian cuisine, also called Nikkei, originated in Peru during the time when the number of Japanese immigrants surged in the South American country.

    Traditional Peruvian ingredients got integrated with Japanese cooking methods, giving birth to such novel cuisine.

    More room for diners on the second floor of Nikkei.

    You will understand Japanese-Peruvian cuisine when you taste every specialty at Nikkei. Their best-selling Peruanito (Php 195) sashimi is a great dish to start with.

    Peruanito (Php 195)

    The white fish is sliced the Peruvian way and then served with rocoto sauce, lime juice, cilantro emulsion, red chili, and glazed sweet potatoes.

    Although sashimi is a well-known Japanese specialty, it becomes a Nikkei medley with authentic Peruvian flavors.

    The Classic Ceviche (Php 350), which is based on the widely popular ceviche in Peru, is made with raw fish and ingredients like red onions, rocoto, cilantro, and canchitas (Peruvian corn nuts), giving it a very recognizable spicy Peruvian taste.

    Classic Ceviches (Php 350)

    Meanwhile, also try the Peruvian Causa Appetizers or spicy mashed potatoes take on a Japanese twist with toppings like Ebi or shrimp Causa (Php 180), Wagyu Causa (Php 250), and Salmon Causa (Php 180).

    Ebi Causa Salmon (Php 180) (left), Salmon Causa (Php 180) (right)

    Another fine fare from their menu is the Maguro Uni (Php 220, 2 pcs), a traditional Nikkei cuisine made with uni on tuna, shiso, and seaweed. This dish is also available in Nikkei Rada branch.

    Their mouthwatering Grilled Ebi Rolls (Php 295, 5 pcs; Php 545, 10 pcs) are made with prawns, cream cheese, onion leeks, and togarashi, topped with mango slices and yellow pepper sauce. Every bite is surely a mouthful of flavors!

    Grilled Ebi (Php 295, 5 pcs; Php 545, 10 pcs)

    Nikkei first conquered Legaspi Village in Makati in 2015. They recently opened a new branch at One Rockwell in Makati and will soon open another one at The Podium in Mandaluyong, bringing a scrumptious feast of Japanese and Peruvian flavors to different parts of the metro.

    Also read: Nikkei The Love Child of Peru and Japan

    How to get here

    • Nikkei Rockwell is located on the ground floor of One Rockwell in Rockwell Center near Power Plant Mall.
    • If you are from Ayala Avenue, you may take Paseo de Roxas going to Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue. Merge from Buendia Avenue to Kalayaan Flyover bound to Rockwell Drive.
    • You may park your private cars in Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Center for Php 50.

    Written by Rizelle “Rei” Leaño

                 
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