S and I have dined in so many places in Makati over the years. Fortunately, we haven’t ran out of places to try. We learned about Nikkei, a restaurant serving Japanese food mixed with Peruvian .styles, while scouring the internet for restaurant suggestions. It was the first time I heard of such a mix and we were intrigued.
We had the chance to visit the said resto when we met up with my college blockmate, Sheena, for late lunch. What I love about dining out with fellow foodies is that we can order so many varieties of dishes and nobody bats an eye!
We ordered some of Nikkei’s Tiraditos called Peruanito (Php160). Thinly sliced white fish with glazed sweet potatoes and red chili. So so good!
Tako (Octopus) Coco (Php150). Another one under the Tiraditos category but unlike the first one we had, this one fell flat.
Marisco a la Placha (Php280): a personal favorite. Different types of chopped seafood pieces in butter and lime juice? Yes please!
Panko crusted sushi rolls (Php200 for 5pcs, Php395 for 10pcs): Unfortunately, this wasn’t impressive as it was almost bland. Even the sauce couldn’t save it.:-(
Parmesan Scallops (Php220): This one was lovely! Best eaten while still hot so you get the full flavor of the melted butter and cheese before they solidify.
Nikkei offers lunch sets which include a bowl of miso soup and a scoop of ice cream for dessert. Their miso soup was one of the best I’ve tried over the years. I loved the dried fish pieces which were in the soup along with the tofu and seaweed.
Chirashi (Php595 for the set): Their presentation for this one was definitely Instagram-worthy! The sashimi slices were fresh and plump, but the bed of rice they were on was too plain for me. I was hoping for a slight sweetness to the rice to complement the rest of the dish.
Buta no Kakuni with Chahan (Php575 for the set): Easily became one of the highlights of our lunch. We all agreed that the fried rice was extremely flavorful. I think it can be a meal in itself.
Nikkei Benedict (Php480 for the set): I love eggs ben in general but I wasn’t enamored with Nikkei’s version of it. I don’t think the tuna and prawns helped elevate the dish. I’m sticking to my bacon or smoked salmon ones.
Nikkei has alcoholic drinks on their menu and we visited right smack during happy hour. We decided to stay sober, though, and stuck with our non-alcoholic drinks: Strawberry Basil Lemonade (left, Php160) and Nikkei Mojito (right, Php160). Both were delish!
We forgot all about the ice cream that was part of our sets, so we ended up ordering two desserts for sharing before those were given to us. We tried the Suspiro Limeño (Php220), a traditional Peruvian dessert made with caramel, meringue and berries. You couldn’t see it much in the photo, but the caramel is there at the bottom part of the glass. This was very much like our local yema with the extra frills.
Tres Leches cake (Php280): very rich, sweet dessert topped with a crystalized layer of sugar similar to that found on a crème brulee. I thought it was delicious and worthy of all the hype online even if it was sweeter than I hoped it would be.
Black sesame ice cream (Php95/scoop IF not included in set): one of the best of its kind so far. I honestly have no idea if they make their own ice cream too, but suffice to say we all enjoyed the toasted, nutty flavor. Two thumbs up from me! 🙂
Overall, our visit to Nikkei went well. Food presentation was lovely and surely a feast for the eyes. Sadly, the flavors weren’t all spot on although there was a sizeable number of good ones on the menu. Prices are on the steep side, considering how small their serving sizes are. I’m sure our curiosity was no doubt sated by the experience; it just wasn’t enough to make us complete fans of this culinary fusion. 🙂
*Nikkei is at Unit G03 Frabelle Business Center, 111 Rada Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City.