This Friday , June 18, International Sushi Day is celebrated , one of the most popular and recognized international preparations in Japan. However, its origin is in Southeast Asia, where rice and other cereals were left to ferment to preserve fish. In China, primitive elaborations are also recorded back in the 4th century BC and in Japan the first references are written in the year 718 as part of a treaty of laws called Yororitsuryo, where it is mentioned as a form of payment of taxes.
To everyone’s satisfaction, a selection of restaurants where you can enjoy this delicacy.
Calle de la Flor Baja, 5. Madrid
Chef Yong Wu Nagahira opened the doors of the Ikigai restaurant in 2018, specifically in a place located on Calle de la Flor Baja, just a few minutes from Madrid’s Gran Vía. In this operations center, Yong Wu interprets and fuses the Japanese, Spanish and French cultures that have marked his cooking style, with a clear commitment to local flavors and the Japanese essence.
Thus, the chef reinvents traditional Japanese recipes with a very personal touch, bringing authenticity and modernity to his dishes, made with the freshest local produce. Within its menu and its new Omakase menu, some specialties are offered such as nigiri from espardeña with its pilpil, nigiri with tuna, salt and truffle, or one of the most vaunted: nigiri de toro, ham and caviar.
The restaurant chain specialized in Japanese gastronomy offers different pieces of sushi such as californias, makis or nigiris. Among its successes are the Dragon with shrimp and asparagus tempura with Japanese mayonnaise and teriyaki sauce, or Tasty Tuna, stuffed with strawberries, creamy cheese and arugula, covered with tuna and with sweet chili and teriyaki sauces and red sesame.
In addition, Miss Sushi has vegetarian and vegan options such as Tigresa Verde, a delicious roll inspired by the classic Peruvian ceviche with avocado, tomato, asparagus and cucumber covered in avocado with purple onion and coriander, and accompanied by a tasty tiger milk. Its restaurants throughout Spain have delivery and take-way services, an ideal option to enjoy the best sushi anywhere in 30-45 minutes.
RUNNING SUSHI IN OSAKA
Calle Hermosilla, 103. Madrid
This Grupo Bellaciao project moves, without leaving Madrid, to the vibrant city of Osaka with its Kaitenzushi (rotating sushi) format. A long cover in a tube runs through its room, on whose walls you can find mythical video game machines from the 90s, recreations of the most iconic neon lights of the Japanese city and a giant spider crab that welcomes the entrance.
From his kitchen, framed by posters of Japanese movies, individual dishes are placed on the tape in two heights: cold below (temakis, makis, nigiris ??) and hot above (tempuras, rice, skewers ??), as well as homemade desserts. typical of Japanese gastronomy such as mochi or pumpkin pie, which are completed with other suggestions from the chef upon request of the diners.
Calle Bárbara de Braganza, 8, Madrid
Nomo Braganza, the first project of Grupo Nomo in the capital after establishing itself as a benchmark in Catalonia, has a gastronomic proposal designed by chef Naoyuki Haginoya, which is a reflection of his career in different sushi bars, izakayas and yakinikus in Tokyo.
Within its menu, which is already positioning the restaurant as a must-see Japanese cuisine proposal in the capital, the local product is put at the service of Japanese cuisine, all within a careful space divided into two floors and designed with mime by Cristina Cirera, from the Cirera + Espinet office, with a project inspired by the fusion of Mediterranean culture with Japanese gastronomy.