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Nikkei is the name of the food made by Peru’s Japanese community and also the name of one of the best restaurants serving Japanese-Peruvian cuisine. Luís Arévalo, the former chef of 99 Sushi Bar, has joined forces with Lai, Kabuki’s former maitre and soumiller, to open this restaurant devoted to Japanese food combined with Peru’s traditional techniques and ingredients.

Located on the Castellana, the 1930s style decoration is the work of Ignacio García de Vinuesa. The restaurant is divided into two areas. The entrance is bathed in natural light thanks to its wide windows and glass floors which reveal the winery downstairs. This area also boasts a bar where cooks work and which serves more informal dishes to be had on comfortable armchairs.

Smaller and more formal, the second are is located at the end of a corridor. This is the restaurant proper and offers tasting menus for 65EUR and meals à la carte for about 75EUR.

But, wait a second. What is exactly Japanese-Peruvian food? We’ll explain it by way of examples: Spicy Tuna Tartar, Niguiri with Eels and Foie, Lobster Makis, Butter Fish, Oysters with Ponzu Sauce, Red Onion and Cucumber, Hedge Hog Ceviche with Squid, Fresh Algae or Tiger Prawn Tempura. To wash all this delicious food down, take a look at their wines, champagnes, sakes and shochus.

And to top things off, we recommend you to have a Pisco Sour served as a de-constructed dessert or a Saketión, combination of cucumber slush, lemon zest ice cream and sake and tonic foam.

Nikkei 225 won’t disappoint you. Drop by and enjoy!


  • Address: Paseo de la Castellana, 15 Madrid