Osaka Lima: The unforgettable Nikkei meal that you NEED to try

Trying authentic Nikkei dishes is a dream I’ve had for a long time. I just discovered the Nikkei flavor a few years ago and have been hooked ever since. It’s a culinary fusion that has swept London quickly and, I can’t fathom it all! Peru has a large Japanese population, who have provided many cultural influences in Lima. Nikkei food, which combines Japanese and Peruvian flavors and cooking techniques, is one of the biggest influences, and it recently took the world by storm.

London’s efforts towards Nikkei cuisine are evident in restaurants such as Chotto Matte and Kurobuta and really, they’re pretty good. However, nothing can beat the special Nikkei meal I had at Osaka in Lima, Peru. It truly is the perfect combination of great food, faultless service and classy surroundings.

Osaka Lima, the best Nikkei restaurant in Lima, Peru - sushi

One of the hottest places in town, Osaka Lima exudes style. It’s a place worth enjoying and both in style and in taste, it’s really good. With Peruvian, Japanese and some Chinese dishes, it can be seen as a mess, but after taking a bite of the food, you will become a convert!

After a warm welcome by the hostess at reception and a short walk down the spiral staircase, we sat in the beautiful marble bar, in the middle of the action, across from the chefs.

With our drink, a delightful piece of beef in a thin crispy pastry with oyster sauce. It has a delicious taste and some bites with a bit of soy sauce. This dish is served with fresh cucumbers that have been pickled and served with black and white sesame seeds.

We ordered a half portion of salmon tiradito, flavored with white truffles, sake and lemon zest. It’s unbelievably soft, perfectly fatty and just melts in the mouth, touching the scallions makes it alive and the lemon keeps it fresh and cuts through the top white truffles. It’s sensational and even those who can avoid sashimi will love it.

Tako al olivo is a wonderful surprise combining warm octopus, black olive tartare, soft avocado and furikake seasoning. I love that Osaka hasn’t been afraid to include a bold menu like this in the dish and while it uses very classic Japanese techniques, the flavors remind us of the Mediterranean.

Osaka Lima Tako al olivo tiradito

We had to try Nigiri. Buta is part of two pieces of glossy glazed pork cheeks reflected on sushi rice with pisco and shoyu. If you’re not familiar with it, pisco is a wonderful Peruvian wine, made from grapes and served regularly throughout Lima and more broadly Peru. Pisco is very refined here and it really is heaven. Rich, sweet, rich all in one delicious bite!

Osaka Lima Peru Buta Sushi

Maki has always been one of my favorite dishes – I don’t know if it’s because I like the combination of textures or I find it neater but I love it! Due to Doc’s shellfish allergy, the chefs at Osaka Lima were pleased to adapt the Tigger maki, using local fish instead of shrimp.

This amazing sushi features deep-fried fish and soft ripe avocado, topped with green onions. It was unbelievably delicious maki and truly one of the best I’ve ever had. My favorite part is the crispy topping consisting of a mixture of crispy corn and fried dried fruit. This dish is exceptional and an absolute highlight!

Osaka Lima Peru Tigger Maki with fish

Our final savory dish was a plate of spicy tuna maki tartare. I really love this with its incredibly fresh tuna flavor and almost aromatic aftertaste.

Front view of Osaka Lima Peru Tuna Tartare Maki

A delicious fatty tuna dish combined with ripe avocado, cream and delicious tobiko topping, extra crispy and a little spicy chili.

Close-up of Osaka Lima Peru Tuna Tartare Maki

I love all these dishes so much and I have yet to find a better place for my sushi! Since Osaka gives you the option to have all maki available on order of 6 pieces instead of 10, and you can choose a half portion of tiradito, you can really try a wide variety of dishes, making it the place to go perfect to visit with a group or on a date.

We indulged with happiness after finishing and finishing with the Osaka Lima dessert plate, the chefs selected the highlights of the Osaka dessert menu.

Osaka Lima Peru Dessert Platter to share

Osaka did not disappoint with the Suspiro Nikkei, an Amazonean chocolate pudding, sweet caramel dulche de leche, lemongrass cream and the texture of a meringue. It was God’s will, and I certainly stole more than my fair share of these from Doc!

Dessert Osaka Lima Peru Suspiro Nikkei

Yuzu Cheesecake combines citrus ice cream, local Amazonian fruit camu-camu granite, and crispy Andean cereal. It’s so refreshing and a perfect pudding!

Osaka Lima Peru Dessert Platter to share Yuzu Cheesecake

The Chocolate Crocante is in fact an incredible warm chocolate cake that tastes wonderfully rich and is served with a crunchy canihua cookie and green tea ice cream.

Osaka Lima Peru Dessert Platter to share Chocolate Souffle

Dessert Osaka Lima Peru Chocolate Crocante

Dessert Osaka Lima Peru Crocante Chocolate Plate Sliced ​​Open

I was pleased to see that Osaka Lima’s Miso Toffee Crumble was included on the dessert plate, as it was one of those dishes that I was sad to leave. A unique combination of caramelized quince, crunchy sesame seeds, butterscotch miso and vanilla ice cream – this is captivating and unusual and this butterscotch is out of this world.

Osaka Lima Peru Dessert Platter Miso Toffee Crumble

Kari Kari Sour – Aguaymanto and pineapple spring rolls with yoghurt cream are the perfect balance between sweet taste and aroma with crispy and soft texture.

Dessert Osaka Lima Peru Kari Kari Sour

Osaka in San Isidro, Lima, is the best Nikkei restaurant I have tried so far and I cannot recommend it highly enough. The sushi is absolutely exquisite, the warm dishes are creative and the desserts are the perfect combination of refreshing, sweet and rich! Service was amazing throughout and with a very cool vibe, that’s the kind of place I’d like to be here in London as well. If you are visiting Peru, put this on your list and go as soon as you can. You will like it!

Osaka Lima Peru Chefs Bar

Osaka is a must-visit for any lover of Nikkei, Japanese or Peruvian flavors and one of the must-visit restaurants in Lima. For booking details and more information, click here.

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