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These Japanese restaurants in Saadi Dilli will gratify your yearnings for more than just Sushi. Expect to find Okonomiyaki, comforting bowls of ramen, Eihire and more on these menus.
This upmarket Japanese restaurant is sporting a new menu. House favorites like the Shira are: delicious, blanched tofu and spinach wrapped in zucchini along with bubu arare, sesame seeds, and Edamame beans on the bed of sesame sauce, mixed on the table, endure and the ala carte Sushi is still a highlight. Best part is that new dishes like the decadent Nori Chips, Chicken Fried Rice, Yakitori Negima, Assorted Mushrooms, Gyozas and other small dishes are not hefty in pricing either. A stunner of a dish is the light, fresh and spicy Baked Eel with Tobiko Mayo. As one would expect, the flavours here are delicate, proportionate, and the dressings are made in-house. Arresting flavours from the quality and rarest ingredients get amplified with the most rousing array of Japanese Sakes.
WHERE? : Lobby Level, The Leela Palace Hotel, Chanakyapuri, Diplomatic Enclave, New Delhi – 110023
TEL: +91 (0)11 39331234
MEAL FOR TWO: INR 8000 + taxes without alcohol
Wreathed in a contemporary Japanese style, makes a pictographic effect of composure and easing abounding with three private dining rooms and a striking Sushi bar. Popular with Japanese and Indians alike for a long time, it’s hard to go erroneous with fresh Sushi and Sashimi out here. The tempura is transported to your table still sizzling and luscious and the ‘Buta Shoga Yaki’ aka sliced pork with ginger flavoured soy sauce melts in your mouth like cubes of butter. Each group of Teppanyaki, sea food, meat, and vegetables comes with its own selection of sauces for dipping your grilled bite sized treat. Some are tart, some tangy, others sweet or savory- all are marvelous. A specialty here is the ‘Gindara Saikyo Yaki’, the soft flesh of the cod fish is broiled with white Kyoto soy bean paste, and is most tender. Have the ‘Eihire’ (grilled fins of stingray fish), and you will be converted. The fragrant green tea and sesame seed ice creams here are the best in town.
WHERE? The Metropolitan Hotel & Spa, Bangla Sahib Road, New Delhi
TEL: 011 42500200 (Open for Lunch & Dinner)
MEAL FOR TWO: INR 5000 + taxes
Delhi’s truly international, contemporary award-winning Wasabi by Morimoto is an association between the Taj Group and Japanese and American TV’s Iron Chef Morimoto, the irresistible inspiration here is Nobu, where Morimoto was the first Executive Chef. Anticipate contemporary Japanese food, done to the premier ethics with standards of fineness preserved with authentic Japanese ingredients, fish freshly flown in from Tokyo’s Tsukiji Market and sushi with the likes of exquisite Maki and Nigiri which is as outstanding as the raw sliced Fish Sashimi made by a Japanese chef particularly posted by Morimoto. On offer is also the most inspiring collection of Japanese sakes with a distinct sake bar, and brags a dramatic Teppanyaki and grill counter that delights visitors to a vivacious exhibition of steel and iron showmanship. Try the elusive Chilean Sea Bass; the steady yet springy Black Cod in Miso with its aromatic whisper and appetizing Rock Shrimp Tempura and the unbeatable Yellow Tail Carpaccio. The star of the show is the Whitefish Carpaccio – thin slices of fluke, cooked on the plate by the addition of warm flavoured oils. You must end with the Wasabi Crème Brulee…decadent to the core.
WHERE? Wasabi by Morimoto is at The Taj Mahal Hotel, One Mansingh Road, New Delhi
TEL: 011 66513585 / 011 66513584
MEAL FOR TWO: INR 5000 + taxes
Akira Back instils flavours from the olden back lanes of Tokyo and transforms them into a fashionable culinary experience. Brimming with a robatayaki grill which originates from a centuries-old country style of cooking by Japanese fishermen, the restaurant distinguishes itself. One can also enjoy an evening of flavour and flair at the restaurant’s al fresco dining in the inner courtyard. For those who do not know, Chef Akira Back is a Korea native and former professional snowboarder who was raised in Aspen, Colorado, and brings his sense of adventure and boundless creativity at his namesake restaurant Akira Back, an innovative Japanese restaurant with Korean essence. A speciality here is also the Sake steamed flounder; the soft flesh of the fish is steamed with a black bean yuzu soy sauce and is most tender.
WHERE? Akira Back is at JW Marriott, Asset Area 4 - Hospitality District, Delhi Aerocity,
New Delhi - 110037
TEL: +91 (0)11 45212121
MEAL FOR TWO: INR 5,000 + taxes
Japanese features such as Noh masks, the lustrous interior design quite like a feisty nirvana in a modern setting; evocative of a divergent land with an alluring patio and a bar. The Black Rice California roll is their signature, one of the best À la carte rolls. A simple California inside is topped with cream cheese, takuan, cucumber, avocado, and asparagus. The zing and the incinerated flavour go collected truly well. The Daikon Salad is an eclectic and refreshing mix of juicy pieces of radish and young mustard, seaweed and baby greens with ginger and plum dressing. The signature black cod grilled and served on a hot river stone is one not to be missed. Share the Matcha pudding it’s gratifying. Also, they have an offer going until the end of August where you can enjoy 1+1 on sushi or appetizers.
WHERE? : 28, Main Market, Lodhi Colony, New Delhi
TEL: 011 24690005 / 6, +919650185005
MEAL FOR TWO: INR 3000 + taxes
Daikichi is a mom and pop run Japanese restaurant that specializes in authentic home style Japanese food and is well patronized by the Japanese. The interior is more rectangular than square, long and narrow with plenty of seating and the menu short and sweet. The Gyozas here are just insanely delicious. Packed full of warm pork meat, it’s immensely satisfying and undoubtedly the go-to appetizer here. The Chicken Karaage is your standard fried chicken appetizer taken up a notch. The Chasu ramen is a fine example of their pork-based soup style meal in a bowl and the delicious broth is very flavourful. Other must try dishes include Buta Kimchi and the stir fried chicken lover with chives.
WHERE? : UGF - 02, JMD Regent Arcade, M.G. Road, Gurugram, Haryana
TEL: 0124 4072727
MEAL FOR TWO: INR 2500 + taxes
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