Japanese-Latin American fusion isn’t a blindingly new idea, however it’s a idea that works. As a die-hard fan of Japanese food, I don’t essentially want the Latin chillies, root veg and lashings of lime that crop up between mouthfuls of sushi at this sort of eating place, however getting a spectrum of flavours and textures in a single position is all the time a perk.
The newest to leap at the sushi-meets-ceviche educate is Nakanojo, a brand new Jap-Peruvian hangout in Chelsea with a vibrant, edible-flower-spangled menu of sushi, tacos, ceviche, and robata skewers. It’s calling itself a “nikkei izakaya” ‒ this is, merging the idea that of nikkei delicacies (Peruvian components formed with the delicacy of Jap chef ways) and the izakaya, a casual Jap watering hollow very similar to a tapas bar.
Unrelated to the eating place however an important to the vibe, I arrived for dinner there simply half-hour after the announcement of the loss of life of the Queen, greater than a bit shocked to search out myself at the King’s Highway on the very second London was once another time house to a King.
It wasn’t a downer for lengthy. Nakanojo’s internal is straight away younger and a dinner party for the eyes. An explosion of pretend cherry blossom greets you on the front; jewel-coloured velvet bar stools line a bar overhung via imitation jungle foliage; whilst at the some distance wall a swirling, animé-inspired mural options octopus tentacles and blue-haired maidens.
Regardless of the inside track, the eating place’s surroundings temporarily published itself to be casual and comfy. That is one of these position you have to pop in for a scrumptious mid-shopping travel chunk or an after paintings cocktail pepped up via some edamame and hen skewers.
An enormous menu is illustrated with color pictures of each and every dish – some distance from conventional, however it in point of fact helped us hone our possible choices, which was once no imply feat, since the whole thing regarded tempting.
After grilling pleasant younger staffers for his or her favourites, we picked out a collection of sushi rolls and nigiri, cod korokke, pulled beef pibil tacos, black cod den miso and a few charred vegetables, including two glasses of white wine from the plentiful listing.
Amusing takes at the fusion theme we noticed incorporated a ceviche-filled sushi roll, blistered padron peppers sprinkled with soy and yuzu (a Jap citrus fruit), and meats marinated in an Andean anticucho fish fry glaze. Sushi lovers and sharing teams will pleasure within the lovely platters of blended maki and nigiri.
Surprisingly, possibly, for a prime side road Asian eating place, the whole thing delivered on its shiny menu photograph. Korokke have been cloud-light and full of cod flavour, introduced out via an inkblot of black truffle sauce.
Tuna taki maki rolls featured ruby-red, fresher-than-fresh slivers of fish spiced up via breaded prawn, chipotle aioli and a sprinkling of crunchy furikake; whilst the black cod was once virtually translucent and luxuriously buttery, melting in mouthfuls of yuzu-and-jalapeno-spiked pleasure.
An avant-garde sounding salmon and truffle nigiri grew to become out to be simply flippantly touched with the stinky funghi, with a number of brand new salmon flavour shining via. Even the charred vegetables triggered full-mouthed eyebrow raises and nudges between me and my spouse. The whole thing is given simply sufficient refined seasoning and texture to develop into no longer simply satisfactory however memorable.
The most efficient factor about this tempting menu is the quantity of sunshine and wholesome however irresistably described dishes: veggies can get entangled with a sweetcorn and tofu ceviche, slivers of sashimi and tataki are sprinkled with chic leaves and fit for human consumption plants, and meaty tacos are reimagined with portobello mushrooms infused with coriander and sesame.
With dishes at round £9-28 (the latter being the black cod), a multi-plate order would temporarily mount up, regardless that wallet-conscious diners may persist with the better sushi rolls and snacks comparable to edamame and miso aubergine. The ones preventing off for a fast chunk would possibly need to plump for the £19.99 three-course set lunch menu.
Although the hum of liveliness that incorporates a longtime target audience is but to set in at Nakanojo, possibly you’ll be fortunate sufficient to consult with outdoor of a real length of nationwide mourning. Rejoice for me with a few of the ones tuna rolls.
Nakanojo, 356 King’s Rd, London SW3 5UZ | 020 7349 8877 | nakanojo.com