Nikkei

Frabelle Bldg., 109 Rada St., Legazpi Village, Makati, Metro Manila

Nikkei
4.3
4.5 Stars

39 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 21
  • 4 stars 12
  • 3 stars 3
  • 2 stars 2
  • 1 star 1
  • 53 Reviews
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  • 39 Reviewers
Category:
Fusion
Business Hours
Reopens: 11:00a - 11:00p
Phone
+6328800231

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 11:00a - 11:00p
  • Monday
    • 11:00a - 11:00p
  • Tuesday
    • 11:00a - 11:00p
  • Wednesday
    • 11:00a - 11:00p
  • Thursday
    • 11:00a - 11:00p
  • Friday
    • 11:00a - 11:00p
  • Saturday
    • 11:00a - 11:00p

Payment Options

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Most Recent Reviews

AlwaysHungryPh P.
4.0 Stars
2

I’ve heard of this unique concept among fellow foodies and got repeated raves on how interesting their menu is. I was fortunate to get a Zomato invite to review it recently and instantly I understood where all the fascinations are coming from.

When combining Japanese and Peruvian cuisines one must understand how far these two countries are from one another. It is an approximate 30 hour flight that separates these two. It is definitely a wonder how the owners were able to merge them beautifully.

It was a feast that day not only for food but for their own crafted cocktails. I don’t drink alcohol so my companions gulped down one glass after another while I watched them with glee. On my head am like- I hope they can still survive the rest of the day. It was lunch time.

We started with creatively concocted Yellow Pepper Ceviche (P375). It’s fresh fish with red onions, yellow pepper sauce, red chili, cilantro, sesame seeds, sesame oil and topped with fried sweet potato strings. It was one amazing appetizer that connotes the main similarity of two cultures- raw fish.

Two sticks on a plate came and they are called Tako Confitado (P260). These are octopus in panka-miso sauce. They are tangy and well prepared, not too chewy and tough on the bite.

Fish Causa (P145) were likely croquetas of South American and sushi of Japanese inspired. It’s mashed potato topped with white fish marinated in soy sauce, garnished with cilantro emulsion and guacamole. This could be one of their best combinations of two countries. This is highly suggested for a filling and tasty start to your meal.

Another novel appetizer, Ceviche Roll (5 pcs P200 / 10 pcs P395) came to us. It’s citrusy white fish wrapped around sushi style with cucumber, onion leeks, cilantro, ceviche sauce and fresh chili for a spicy kick.

And of course, sashimi Peruvian style has to be in our list of must have. Kocha Tiraditos (P175) can be served with a choice of white fish, salmon, octopus or tuna with salad sauce and crispy tea. We were served both the Kocha Tiraditos and white fish and Kocha Tiraditos Salmon, both very fresh and refreshing smooth bite one after another.

Finally the mains, as if we were still hungry after all the preliminaries. Good thing they only provided us two and they were both as impressive. The Mixed Jalea (P680) is way instagramable with its tall artistic look. It had mackerel, octopus and prawns for seafood picks and it is perfectly mixed with red onion, fried sweet potato strings for crunch in ceviche sauce.

My favorite will be the lunch set which they call Buta No Kakuni Chahan (P680). It had unbelievably juicy pork belly, katsuboshi, ponzu, leeks and togarashi. The rice itself was super delicious, a well mixed of butter and other Japanese spices.

I hope these have made you salivate because it did to me while I was writing it.

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Janna L.
4.0 Stars
3

Nikkei is a Peruvian-Japanese Sushi Bar located along Rada St. in Legazpi Village. After attending a seminar around the area, I searched for a place to chill. Nikkei is a great place to hangout even when you're dining solo. It has a bar type area which is ideal for solo diners wherein you have a chance to interact with your fellow solo diners beside you when you feel like talking. 128517
Menu prices are above-mid especially their specialties but I guess they're worth a try because you can't find any other Peruvian-Japanese fusion anywhere else in the Metro. I went there for the sushis and a drink. Next time I'd definitely won't miss trying those japanese alc bevs. You just need to have a ready budget for them. 128514
I'll visit this place again.
I ordered Maguro Maki, Ebi Furai Sushi Roll and Passion Fruit Tisane.
Visit them between 3pm and 6pm to avail their happy hour discount of 20%. 128523

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Ian G.
2.0 Stars
4

The Peruvian Japanese fusion food was interesting. Taste is okay and the chefs/cooks understood the importance of serving the food fresh and warm. The lady server though made the whole experience less than pleasant. She wasn't too thrilled to work and it showed in her face when we were ordering. She also just plopped down the food on the corner of the table without taking the empty dishes out and did not even look at us!!! Thus making the whole experience a very expensive fast food meal. Disappointing

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Julienne D.
5.0 Stars
3

Chose to dine here for one pre-Christmas dinner with a friend because from the photos I’ve been seeing around, this place looks like the perfect place to enjoy a nice dinner with a friend and have a glass of wine and catch up.

I figured its best to call in for a reservation because the staff initially asked us if we have one but we didn’t. But since we were here a bit early for dinner (around 5pm), we got a pretty good seat. The place a tad small but its cozy, and they have this area where you can sit in the counter, just like on of those sushi places I’ve visited in Tokyo before. Its like a mix of industrial and modern Japanese feels, which is quite nice.

So like what I’ve said, I’ve done some research beforehand so I already had a good thought about what to order, and I was going to go for the seared tuna with Hunacaina risotto but then I saw that they have a new item on the menu, Seared Tuna with Sea Urchin and Mushroom Risotto (680php) – it was basically seared tuna too but it has uni and mushroom in the risotto so I ordered that instead. My friend got the Lomo Saltado (480php) which was Peruvian tenderloin with fries and poached eggs. Then we got ourselves a glass of wine to go with it – Merlot and Sauvignon.

I personally think that Merlot paired better with my food rather than the Sauvignon; and my food, was heaven! The tuna was cooked into perfection – seared outside and raw in the middle, ugh. I can’t say though that I’m a big fan of risotto. I just really wanted to try the seared tuna but hey, they complemented it each other so I can see why it’s a hit. I got to try the Lomo Saltado too, and I gotta say, the meat was very very tender, and marinated well (or sauced well, I don’t know the term but its tasty). And the fries! The waiter said that the poached egg is intended to be the dip for the fries, it was my first time to pair egg and fries and I was surprised it tasted good!10084

Oh I forgot, we also tried their Nikkei Tiraditos (160php) in octopus. We were told that it’s like a Peruvian version of sashimi. Man, its great; you may find it a little spicy if you have a low tolerance for spicy food, otherwise its not too much. Everything is great, we were really happy with our choice for this night. I never thought Peruvian and Japanese cuisine could fuse so perfectly!

So if you live or work in Legazpi Village, this has got to be on your must-try list (if its not already in your favorites list) 128521

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Ruth D.
4.0 Stars

Nikkei serves lunch sets from 11am to 5pm. A few weeks ago, I tried their new Salmon Teriyaki Set. The grilled salmon was done perfectly and it was made even tastier by their homemade teriyaki sauce. The sets come with Miso soup and a scoop of ice cream. I was served Wasabi-flavored ice cream and I must say, I was pleasantly surprised. I actually liked it. 128077🏼

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Kristin A.
5.0 Stars
4

I may be addicted to this place already, even if it wreaks havoc on my budget 128557

I took a rare day off from work (never really off the clock, though) and had lunch here to try one of their lunch sets. I was goona get the chirashi but I saw the Sushi set and felt it was more my jam. Nikkei white fish tiraditos, salmon and tuna sashimi, salmon, tuna and white fish sushi, and panko maki (with salmon and cream cheese). All are half orders, mind you. But this may be my ideal tasting plate. Spot on :)

The meal ends with ice cream. I didn't fancy the ginger flavor; luckily they had wasabi flavor which is said to be a best seller. It was surprisingly good.

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Reich T.
5.0 Stars
6

Nikkei has been on my list for the longest time.  I never had the time to visit due to the following reasons:

I feel a lil awkward eating at a Japanese Restaurant alone.  Awkward because i dunno how to use chopsticks.

My favourite food buddy is not fond of travelling to Makati. We usually frequent the QC area every weekend.

Time.  I've been clocking in 16 working hours for two weeks straight. 

I finally had the time and persuasive powers last Sunday.  For some odd reason,  CMA agreed to have dinner at Makati.  And the cherry on top,  you ask?  He wants Japanese for dinner.  Seize the opportunity,  Reich,  drag him to Nikkei.

Not much diners on a Sunday night.  Yey for us,  we can eat in peace.  The place is small,  12 tables give or take.  The interior is a marriage of old and new.  I particularly like the lighting fixtures.  There are giant light bulbs held by chains that serve as a source of light on each table.  Furniture wise,  wood is their chosen medium.  Table setting is simple and straightforward.  I like ze black paper towels with ze matching chopsticks. 

Menu is extensive,  a mixture of Peruvian and Japanese cuisine.  I was expecting steep prices but it was the opposite.   We opted to get the basics:

| Maguro.  8 pieces.  Generous chunks of tuna on each roll.  These babies were crafted carefully with quality ingredients.  Each bite is a symphony of flavors.  It is good to note that they don't overcomplicate dishes,  simplicity is the hardest to execute.  And they pass with flying colors.

| Futomaki.  12 pieces.   Generous servings at a very affordable price.  This is a good starter dish for Japanese Cuisine neophytes.  Each layer is comprised a different flavors and sports a nice contrast of colors.

Our first brush at Nikkei is satisfying.  Good food and excellent service. 

See you next week,  Nikkei.

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Mei O.
5.0 Stars

Apparently, the last time I was here was when I visited the embassy. And now I'm back for the same reason. They changed their menu (probably updated the prices) and still, we ordered our favorites:

Salmon Maki (now Php 140/ 5pcs)
- Still made of pure salmon love.

Ceviche Roll (now Php 150/ 5pcs)
- They had cilantro thing in the roll now. It previously was not included there. If it was, it was not prominent. Now it is!

Seared Tuna (Php 680)
- It got smaller from the last time we ordered. Though the risotto is still golden lovely good. 🤗

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Paolo S.
5.0 Stars
10

Ughhh... where do i begin??? Everything here is 5 star! I think i just found my new favorite cuisine - Japanese-Peruvian! I never even knew there was such a thing! A perfect blend of Japanese and Latin American influences, plated oh so beautifully, with such an eclectic mix of flavors. How did this cuisine start? Was there a significant Japanese community in Peru where all this came from?

A must try here are their Peru-style sashimi called tiraditos... think fresh raw seafood sliced really thin and seasoned with South American sauces and spices such as one which they call 'Leche de Tigre'. Then there are these quail egg sized mashed potato pieces with seasoned raw seafood on top that are really good. How about the panko sushi -> salmon and truffled cream cheese, the scallops in butter, and their mains like the charcoal oven cooked chicken teriyakinwith potato strings, seared tuna tataki served with a creamy and cheesy risotto, the grilled seafood ceviche... i could go on and on!

The lunch sets dont fall far behind, at P550 you can get an entire set of assorted selections of their Japanese-Peruvian sushi or sashimi with miso soup and a scoop of ice cream. Which brings me to the desserts... traditional Peruvian hits such as the Tres Leches - a moist milky sponge cake doused in milk(?), topped with a layer of mangoes and caramelized sugar brittle, and drizzled with caramel!!! I can't even. And they've also got this Peruvian meringue with fruits and berries that was just too good! This one was was so good and so simot i looked like a famished diner about to lick my cup clean.

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Maria L.
4.0 Stars

Chill ambiance, yummy Panko, delish Green Ceviche. What can I say, wonderful first time with my Luv! 128525

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Magnus B.
5.0 Stars

The ambience of this place is just relaxing even with a full house. I love their tuna belly, lomo saltado and the dessert tres leches is a must.

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Shermaine C.
4.0 Stars
4

Sushi plates were delish.. However it was mothers day when we ate here. They couldnt find our reservation! But got us a table anyway. Service needs alot of improvement. Food was good tho! Portion sizes need some work

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Marie H.
5.0 Stars
4

Officially calling it a cheat day.

We ordered the salmon ginger tiraditos, green ceviche, seared tuna, and tres leches for dessert. They were all delicious! Special mention on the risotto served with the seared tuna. If this is what Japanese Peruvian cuisine is, I want more!

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Unisse C.
4.0 Stars
4

Finally got to try Nikkei when a friend of mine came by Makati for lunch! 128513

The ambiance of the place is lovely. It gives off that modern chic chill kind of place. The sunlight that came through the huge glass panel was great and I would have wanted to be seated by the couches there but it was already reserved and there were only two of us. 128517 Maybe next time.

I let my friend order for us since I have no clue what I wanted at the time, and I would probably pick the cheaper options... Because everything was quite expensive. 128586

Parmesan Scallops - P220 for 2 pieces
We ordered 4 pieces, and by far, this is my favorite dish. They serve the scallops on those Chinese soup spoons which makes it really cute and fancy just looking at it! To eat it, just put the whole spoon into your mouth. 128514 Be careful with that butter sauce those, it packs a punch. Spicy! 128565

Salmon Causa Appetizers - P120
Spicy salmon topped on really creamy mashed potatoes. 128077🏼 Simplified explanation of what a Causa is. It's a Peruvian dish, with a Japanese twist of the salmon topping – which is what Nikkei all about!

Grill Ebi Sushi Rolls - P160 for 5 pieces
Decent sushi rolls. 128513

Japanese Chirashi Sushi - P695
For the price, I think it's not that bad already. Rice isn't overwhelmingly plenty which is good for me since you'd like to get more sushi. I think I counted 6 different sushi, including the tamago. Not bad. 128077🏼

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Julie J.
5.0 Stars
3

Lunch out with Kirby G last Friday.... We were both craving Japanese food so Nikkei was the obvious choice 🤗 This place has been one of our favorites since it opened and we still love it to this day.

We split an order of Chirashi @695, fresh and generous serving of assorted sashimi.. Our go to order almost every time we're here 128525 We also got an order of Coco Tiraditos @140 - thin slices of white fish sashimi with coconut milk, chives and Togarashi (Japanese spice) - flavorful!!

After looking at their Instagram page, we also decided to try their new dish.. Marisco ala Plancha @280 (if I remember correctly) - assorted seafood sautéd in butter served on a shell...pretty tasty, just a tad overdone.

I love that they have maintained the quality of food even after months of operation 128156 prices are a bit expensive but so worth it IMO... Service was also good although waiting time for food was longer... Full house on a Friday 128517 Be sure to arrive early or call for reservation.

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Aaron Lee A.
5.0 Stars
4

I had been to Nikkei twice already and it never failed my Jap-foodie-alter-ego. First the salmon sashimi was always fresh for both occasions I have been there, which is already a Green flag to me, everyone should go to this place. I think I would be recommending the Ebi Grill for its awesome fusion of ebi, mango, seaweed and jap mayo rolling them into one A-MUH-ZING maki. I have also tried their Tres Leches for dessert which was a revelation! Imagine your local mamon bread soaked in a very creamy milk topped with a caramelized leche. Nikkei is place to be!

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Kristin A.
5.0 Stars
4

I am now loving Nikkei's apps! After looking through Reann G's and others' reviews I got more curious about the sashimi and sushi, and got these:

128032 Tunalax Sushi - I was sooooo amazed, there was a party in my mouth even without dipping in soy sauce! But be careful with the wasabi, even a little bit will clear up your sinuses. So good *sniff*

128032 Salmon Kocha - Saw this in one of the reviews, and I also highly recommend it. So this was what I was looking for when I wanted sashimi but also wanted some sauce with it. Those black bits (was that the crispy tea?) bring a nice contrast to the sublime sauce.

128032 Nikkei - Thin tuna slices with Nikkei sauce, chili, and cilantro - the sauce wasn't much different from Kocha, honestly. This was a pahabol order, they already gave my bill 128561 but I wanted more *cough*takaw*cough*

127865Mojito - the menu says it's non alcoholic by default, and after my weekend binge I badly needed some time apart. But even without alcohol this is still refreshingly awesome.

A few people were around even on a Sunday night, not too different from weekday. Not bad! The place is kinda restful in its subdued mood, so I got to have my "me" time just before plunging into another busy week.

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Sandra Y.
5.0 Stars
5

Hitting Rada St. for lunch and I thought we'll be in Wildflour, which is a good place. But nope. I was wrong. There's this place I haven't heard of and I was excited being in a new place, thanks to my date. Its right beside Wildflour. Its a Peruvian and Japanese Chic restaurant called, Nikkei. (Defined as mixed racial decent or native japanese immigrants and decendants who return to Japan)

Exterior of the place may not be much of an attraction. Going inside has a homie feeling, as interiors are wooden accents and paired with these are Edison bulbs (which I find so perfect). Well, Its the "glow" thing. As we entered we are quickly assisted and menu was handed to us. Also, glasses of water are served (that's a good service esp. to the scorching weather). Since we are first timers, we ask for recommendation. Manager of the place has good recommendations which have been helpful. In few minutes of waiting food is served:

First served is Nikkei Salmon (P160) ( its a choice of white fish, octopus, tuna or Salmon)-we had salmon, its thinly sliced, served with Nikkei sauce, red chili and cilantro. Its kinda addicting for salmon lovers out there, sauce and cilantro give a new taste.

Parmesan Scallops (P220) it is served in 2 small dippers. Scallops in butter, with parmesan cheese & onion leaks. Need i say more? Its scallops 128522

Ebi Furai ( 5 pcs for P140), it is made of fried prawns, avocado, white fish, ceviche sauce and togarashi (chili pepper). Interesting maki here, its tasty that I don't need a sauce.

Maguro uni. (P160) served in 2 pcs. Its tuna topped by uni ( sea urchin) ,shiso and seaweed.

Seared Tuna (P680), has 5 thick slices of seared tuna, huancaina risotto, and cilantro salad.

Wasabi ice cream(P95). Homemade ice cream, creamy with hint of wasabi. Its better than I thought. Easily melts so it has to be eaten right away.

Gossip Tea- its a morocan mint hot tea. Minty taste after a hearty meal.

Food: everything I had today is superb and new to my taste bud. Its not the usual Japanese meal. Well since its a fusion kind of menu. I highly recommend the Seared Tuna and maguro uni ( for those who wants does not fear) this is so good. Nice presentation and totally photogenic

Ambiance: it is clean and has good interiors. One thing, since their kitchen is quite near the dining area, tendency is we'll end up smelling like food.

Service: attentive servers. And food is served in few minutes upon ordering

Price: reasonable price. You may find it a bir pricey but its worth it. Quality food 128077🏼

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Mei O.
5.0 Stars

I'm not a Makati girl and I will never be a Makati girl but when I have errands and/or obligations there, I'll ensure that I eat at a place that doesn't have branches near where I frequent.

Soooooo... Welcome back to Nikkei! Haha. We parked at Rada and we ordered the following:

Salmon Maki (Php 90/5pcs)
- My friend said this salmon maki is the most beautiful salmon maki she has seen and tasted lately. At Php90, it's a superkaduperomgtotoobaito steal considering the quality of the food. The salmon was not a joke. Nikkei was really generous with their salmon cut and it was almost perfect. The only thing missing is... Wait. Nothing's missing. It was indeed perfect. 128557 *tears of salmon joy*

Ceviche Sushi Roll (Php 125/5)
- The ceviche sushi roll is really good if you are not that familiar with ceviche and what it really is. My friend said it was good but not perfect because it's not really ceviche, the sushi roll just got the taste of ceviche. Beware of the chili if you're not into spicy though! (How many times did I type "ceviche"?)

Grill Ebi Sushi Roll (Php 160/5)
- The torched grill ebi with cream cheese is an EDM foam party in your mouth. It's so much fun and you'd want to just keep on eating and raving about it. The only people who won't enjoy this are... Those allergic to shrimp.

Nikkei's Mojito (Php 165)
- Nikkei's mojito (of course there must be alcohol) was really good and refreshing. Again, generous with their mint and lime, it was a relief drinking it. However, it was a surprise that the additional rum is worth Php 150. I wasn't able to see it on the menu. I felt cheated on by a loved one. Draaat.

They have 25% off on their food and drinks menu (except dessert) until 5pm. Since we got there around 4pm, we're not sure what time their 25% off starts.

Again, Nikkei's sushi rolls and makis are still the best ones you can find and get your hands on, considering price and quality. Also, the staff was having wine lessons when we got there and it looks like they're brushing up on their grapes knowledge! Exciting times ahead!

Nikkei doesn't want to give you cheap food, they want to give you a really good dining experience.

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Reann G.
4.0 Stars

I don't usually go back to restaurants a week after eating there because I don't like the feeling of getting so used to the food and end up getting fed up with it to never try again. BUT Nikkei was too good the first time, I had the reason to come back a week after!!!

I finally tried the ‼️‼️ Classic Ceviche (P380), thank you Kristin A for the recommendation! The ceviche was good. The white fish was fresh and the taste of the fish combined with the red onion, cilantro and vinegar was too refreshing! I liked it so much that I ate almost 3/4 of the dish 128517 please also do not underestimate this dish, it looks like a light meal but it is really something heavy! Sulit for the price if you ask me.

The one on the upper left of the photo is the ‼️‼️ Kocha (P140) - Salmon with salad sauce and CRISPY TEA. I loved this dish because of the crispy tea! It gave the salmon a different flavor which made the dish more interesting!!! I'd probably try Kocha with tuna/whitefish as the main next time!!!

The one on the upper right is the ‼️ Panko (5 pcs/P160). It was good but it lacked the avocado taste that I was expecting it to have. I don't recall tasting the cheese on this roll as well. PLS don't get me wrong, this dish is still good to try!! But Nikkei's Grill Ebi will always have my 10084️. #50ksummergiveaway

Legend: ‼️‼️ - must try
‼️ - good to try but skippable

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