Being a sushi fan, I often go for sushi tasting in Delhi. Here’s a pick of my top 5 restaurants serving this delicacy:
1. Akira Back, JW Marriott New Delhi Aerocity
Named after one of the famous Las Vegas’ chefs, Akira Back, the restaurant is the best bet for Japanese and Korean food lovers. The ambience blends modern aesthetics with the traditional culinary fare. The cuisine is a reflection of Chef Akira Back’s diverse culinary influences acquired over his childhood and travels around the world. The diners get to taste cold and hot “small plates” served in multiple courses, featuring fresh seafood from around the world, organic meats, local and seasonal produce.
Corey E Asato, Chef de Cuisine, JW Marriott Hotel New Delhi Aerocity says, “All of our fish is imported directly from Japan which makes the ingredients even more authentic and fresh.”
Rock shrimp roll,
Dragon roll (unagi, avocado, shrimp tempura),
Crispy vegetable roll.
Address: Asset Area 4, Hospitality district Near Indira Gandhi International Airport Delhi Aerocity, New Delhi 110037
Meal for two: Rs. 5500 + taxes
2. Sakura – The Metropolitan Hotel And Spa
One of the first traditional Japanese fine dining restaurants in Delhi, you cannot go wrong at ‘Sakura’. Named after the Japanese Cherry Blossom, the restaurant has been operating since past 15 years. It is well known for offering best of ‘kaiseki cuisine’―the formal royal Japanese cuisine. At Sakura sushis are perfectly prepared with rich expertise of celebrated Master Chef, Swapandeep Mukherjee.
California roll―Avocado and Crab stick with prawn,
Asparagus tempura roll sushi
Where: The Metropolitan Hotel & Spa, Bangla Sahib Road, New Delhi
Meal for Two: INR 5000 + tax
3. Megu, The Leela Palace New Delhi
Stunning interiors enhanced by a signature crystal Buddha statue over a pool of water under colossal Bonsho Bell makes Megu a stunning restaurant. Here everything is pretty, right from the décor to the table setting and sushi presentation.
Chef De Cuisine ‘Takanori Fukuda’ says, “MEGU, literally means “blessing” in Japanese. Both, MEGU’s menu and design concept, is a striking blend of traditional and modern Japanese culture, and combines top quality ingredients with authentic Japanese elements to create a one-of-a-kind dining experience. The art of MEGU’s avant-garde creations are in their unique style of modernization of authentic Japanese cuisine while holding strong to its heritage.”
Where: The Leela Palace New Delhi, Diplomatic Enclave, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi
Meal for two: 5500 approx plus taxes
4. HONK, Pullman New Delhi Aerocity
Honk is a bistro-style specialty restaurant featuring a contemporary Asian à la carte menu. Serving Street Smart Food is the motto at Honk.
The food takes inspiration from the street-style cuisine popular in Asia, the presentation and décor is distinctly natural, invoking farm-style food of the region. The menu has been carefully curated to showcase culinary influences from the diverse regions of Asia, primarily Chinese and Japanese with a glimpse of Thai and Singaporean as well as a touch of Indonesian.
Chef Deepak Malhotra, Chief Culinary Designer, Pullman New Delhi Aerocity says, “At Honk, special emphasis is laid on procuring the right ingredients like the Soy Sauce from Singapore or the Low Fat Tuna like Maguro from Japan, quality soft shell crabs from Chennai and more to provide an unparalleled dining experience to the guests.”
Cajun tuna Sushi (non veg),
Rainbow maki sushi (veg),
Jade prawns hargow“Perfume de hen” (dimsums),
Nanjing style duck cooked our way,
Singapore style pork ribs
Where: HONK, Pullman New Delhi Aerocity, Asset No. 2, Delhi Aerocity, GMR Hospitality District, Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi – 110037, India
Meal for two: – Rs. 3000+taxes
5. Nagai Gurgaon
Nagai is Japanese for Longevity. A Japanese restaurant with roots in Ibiza, has recently opened its doors in India with their first Contemporary Japanese and Sake bar at Gurgaon. A labour of love from chefs Reina Nagai and Eleonora in partnership with Akshay Mohan, this is their first of four proposed restaurants in India, tucked beside the restaurant of sector 29, yet in an exclusive space of its own. Nagai Gurgaon is the essence of contemporary Japanese cuisine along with a Sake Bar serving awe inspiring food by Chef Reina Nagai.
The walls of the restaurant reflect enthralling artwork by Fin DAC, an Irish urban street artist, based in London, who makes large murals of masked women with fashionable style, with emphasis on their beauty. This larger than life realist work and skilled stencilling further accentuates the European vibe of Nagai.
Chef, Reina Nagai says, “Nagai concept of sushi is simple. We don’t mix up too many flavors and don’t like to complicate the flavors. You don’t get the essence of the flavor if you mix too many flavors together. The mix of vinegar and sugar and our secret ingredient in the recipe is what creates the sushi. Our original made sushisu (sushi vinegar) gives original Japanese taste.
With a menu that carries influences from Thailand, Spain, Mexico and Italy, delicately woven into authentic Japanese cuisine, Nagai promises to enthral the palate and all other senses, a bit and a sip at a time!
Nagai offers something delicious for everyone, from meat-lovers to vegetarians and vegans too!
Double Salmon Roll,
Crispy Salmon Roll,
Veg Dragon Roll,
California Caviar Roll
Where: SCO 305,Ground Floor, Sector 29, Gurugram, Haryana 122007
Meal For Two: 3,300 for two people (approx.) with alcohol
Timings: Tuesday- Sunday: 7-11PM, (Monday Closed)
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