For the ones that dont know much about the Peruvian culinary tradition, we have loads of cultural influences. One of the best outcomes of it, is the Japanese influence. What brings us Nikkei, a combination of Japanese and Peruvian cuisine that has become new trend amongst Europe.
I mean, Sushi mixes perfectly with ceviche if you think about it. Combining Japanese dishes with Peruvian flavors and techniques has a remarkable effect. The minimalism and delicacy of Japanese food meets the rough freshness and spiciness of Peru. a deadly combination for every foodie around!
Both are so similar, yet so different. But what is Nikkei? or what does the word mean? Nikkei people are Japanese emigrants and their descendants who have created communities throughout the world. And Nikkei food, for me, is the evolution of Japanese food where these communities live.
I was in Peru this May, and I was dying to eat some Nikkei again after 14 years living in Europe. I had to Taste the trend. Sadly I couldnt go visit Micha, my childhood friend and owner of the number 13 of the 50 best restaurants in the world, but I got to take a little time to visit Osaka and get delighted with all the flavours this cuisine has to offer.
I went there with my family. And we started with some delicious Nikkei Cocktails made with japanese and peruvian fruits. Each of them tastier than the other. I got the Pisco Punch Osaka as i loved the one I tried at the Super Foods Event from last december.
We started with 2 Tiraditos. Tiradito is a Peruvian dish of raw fish, cut in the shape of sashimi, and of aspect similar to crudo, and carpaccio, in a spicy sauce.
Carpassion: Salmon, passion fruit honey, watercress and crunchy dough and Osaka Tataki, a grilled seared tuna, oriental citrus sauce, togarashi and negi.
After the tiraditos, we ordered a nigiri platter. A dream of Foie Gras, Shrimps and truffles. It was mouth-watering.
- Hotate Truffle: Fan shells, white truffle butter and lemon
- Tuna Foie: Tuna, foie gras, teriyaki sauce and Maldon salt.
- Evil Ebi: Prawn, BBQ Osk and chalaquita.
We followed the Nigiris with Nikkei Makis that included Antiku, Prawns tempura, negi and seared loin with Nikkei anticucho sauce. And Spicy Crunchy, a maki made out Prawns batayaki, crab pulp, crunchy quinoa and togarashi.
And before we decided on the main dishes, we had to try at least one Peruvian Izakaya. This was a great name for it as it means Japanese Tapas. We went for the beautiful Mariscos al Fuego, or Seafood on Fire! it just melted in your mouth and left you yearning for more! An amazingly made mix of seafood sautéed in butter, togarashi and lemon.
The main dishes arrived! As a huge fan of Yuzu, I ordered the Niku Kabayaki, a Wagyu slices, kabayaki and yuzu butter. I loved the fact that you could grill your own meat and the sides. OH MY! an onion marmalade and fried peruvian cassava.
The rest of the family ordered these amazing dishes:
- Salmon Tentsuyu, a salmon confit in lime oil, negi and avocado tempura.
- Pato Mochero, Crispy duck leg over wok rice, cecina and shiitake with honey of tumbo
- Shiromi a la Brasa, White fish marinated in shoyu with crispy garlic sauce, almonds and Peruvian peppers.
- OSK Wok, Wok rice with vegetables and shrimps.
We had a great night, everything was highly pleasant to the taste. For me, this culinary fusion is the best I have ever tried. And IMHO, everyone should try this beautiful love child between Peru and Japan.
I tested the trend, And I got even more hungry for it as I was before this meal. Damn, I will even try to make some Nikkei recipes for the blog!! If you are in Lima and you want to try some Nikkei besides Osaka
- My friend Micha's Maido
- Costanera 700 a restaurant I had the honor to work with years ago
- Mesa18 from the Legend Toshiro Konishi
I have been drooling for some weeks looking at the instafeed of Dae Mon. I am a huge fan of korean Food... Not to mention my favorite restaurant in the world is a Korean-Icelandic one in oslo called Pjoltergeist, a tiny super cool restaurant that delivers amazing flavours.
Sooooo, when the guys from Dae Mon invited us to come by and try their new menu, I was thrilled! Of course I went there with my BFF and part of my Foodie Squad Ailine.
I was late (as always) but just because it is a hard place to find if you trust Google Maps. Or at least if you have a poor sense of direction like me.
Even though it is summer, we have some rainy days here in Berlin. And that makes me even more hungry. I needed to go out for a bite! So I called my twinster Sophia (from INSEARCHOF) to have breakfast.
I have been following the Instagram Account from Keyser Soze since I moved to Berlin, and even though it is in Mitte, not far away from my office, I never made it there.
America has the Olsen Twins, and Berlin Food scene has the Power Twins Sophia & Maria. From collaborating with Mit Vergnuegen to This is Jane Wayne and much more! But we were all wondering: When are they going to start something on their own?
And after months of planning and thinking, together with Kai, IN SEARCH OF was born. But IN SEARCH OF is more than a food blog, but lifestyle, travel, Fashion, Fitness, you name it!
After posts like: favorite coffee spots in Helsinki and Favorite Coffee Spots in Stockholm, I realized I was totally forgetting the best places to get your caffeine kick in Oslo. When you live there you kind of forget that Oslo is one of the best cities for coffee, worldwide. As I had to go to Oslo for a project last weekend, I asked one of my BFFs Ingri to take a coffee tour around Oslo with me. She is a coffee connoisseur, one of the people behind Kaffikaze, co-founder of The Mile High Aeropress Club, 2nd in the World Aeropress Championship 2012, and the author of the Oslo Coffee Guide article in the latest Brygg Magazine, so I could probably not have picked a better co-pilot for this. We visited old and new coffee shops in several districts and tried a different kind of brew in each place. The verdict? The Oslo coffee scene is thriving and growing! Keep on reading to follow our journey.
I have been to many Michelin-starred restaurants, But I noticed they were all in the nordics. 3 starMaaemo, Ylajali and Kontrast in Oslo, Noma in Copenhagen (sadly no blogpost), Ask and Chef and Sommelier in Helsinki, Kadeau in Bornholm in between others, but somehow I totally missed German Michelin-starred restaurants, So I decided to start with VAU here in Berlin.
This small pink fassade camouflages in a narrow street next to Gendarmenmarkt and Berlin's Concert Hall, and entering through a courtyard, you can find Vau. A beautiful place with place for about 60 people. Nicely adorned with cooper plates and wooden accessories. The light is dim and gives the place a golden look.
I am super late on my Helsinki posts, but better late than never! As you guys have already read, I went on a Birthday/Couple Trip to Helsinki last summer. I was very lucky to be able to eat at the Micheln Star Restaurant Ravintola Ask, found the secret Helsinki Bar (sorry no cameras allowed) and even got to find the Best Coffee Spots in Helsinki.
First time Sebastian told me to meet at Yzakaya Hashi, I was thinking on Yzakaya in Oslo. So I had to go ask my friend Google what does Yzakaya means and it said: "An izakaya (居酒屋 ?) is a type of informal Japanese drinking establishment that serves food to accompany the drinks. They are casual places for after-work drinking."
There was the answer, a place to drink, eat and meet with friends, it couldn't be better!
You know those kinds of places that turned up to be your regular spot without noticing it?
Well, this happened to me with Transit. Every time I want to meet people for lunch or afterwork, I end up there. It is very close to my office, in the Rosenthaler straße and the Underground is just 1 minute away.
In Peru, Chicha is a kind of music or a purple corn lemonade. In Berlin, is one of the best peruvian restaurants in Europe. The newly open Chicha restaurant in Kreuzköln is already in my "faves list", not only because I can eat my favorite snack in the world, but the food and cocktails are amazing and well done.
Here you can find all the restaurants I visit and frequent. From Berlin to Helsinki and from Oslo to Lima.