Friday, April 21, 2017

Oh So Tasty: Nikkei

Nikkei JapanesePeruvian restaurant
photos: Kathy Tran

Nikkei opened this past February and has quickly established itself as one of Uptown's hottest see-and-be-seen (and taste) spots. With chefs Nick Harrison and Ross Demers leading the culinary team, the namesake JapanesePeruvian restaurant claims to be the first of its kind in Dallas. The food and drink menus at Nikkei were developed to be both exotic and approachable, featuring bold, mouthwatering flavors reminiscent of two distinct cultures. The menu showcases a plethora Japanese-Peruvian dishes, while the dedicated sushi bar delivers both specialty and elevated classic rolls and sashimi offerings in addition to unique items like the Doble Cangrejo Roll with crisp lump crab, shiso panca, garlic, chili, creamy snow crab and a soy wrapper. In the dining room, guests will enjoy a communal experience that flawlessly combines exclusive fare with striking d├ęcor and ambiance. On the weekends and after dinner service, the ambience changes and the space intentionally transforms into a late night bar setting. Meanwhile, the expansive rooftop patio provides an alternate atmosphere boasting stunning views of The Crescent and beyond with its own dedicated patio menu.

True to its roots, Nikkei is also offering an “izkaya” menu available weekdays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. A Japanese tradition, “izakaya” refers to a type of bar environment where smaller, less expensive dishes are served alongside cocktails. This special menu will boast a selection of sake, beer, wine and select cocktails such as the Nikkei Margarita, made with Pisco Acholado, lime juice and yuzu. Small bites include sushi rolls, mochi ice cream and offerings like Koji Fried Chicken with miso, aji panca and plum sauce, Ora King Salmon Ceviche featuring togorashi, sweet potato, passionfruit and choclo, and Raices Fritas, crisp root vegetables, merken and edamame, to name a few. Nikkei is located at 2404 Cedar Springs Rd. at Maple, Suite #400, Dallas, TX 75201. Reservations available by contacting the restaurant at (214) 983-1525 or on OpenTable.