Nikkei, a Peruvian-style of cooking known as a Japanese-Peruvian fusion has arrived in the United States with the opening of a restaurant in Miami.
“Nikkei food is Peruvian ingredients — tropical fish, quinoa, ají amarillo peppers — molded by Japanese techniques. Multiple chefs cite the modern preparation for ceviche as particularly indicative of the Nikkei style”, Eater explained.
An example of Nikkei cuisine is the Tiradito, or raw fish cut in the manner of sashimi and served with a spicy sauce.
The restaurant that has brought Nikkei cuisine to Miami is Osaka. It started in Lima in 2001 and it’s owned by Diego De La Puente and Diego Herrera. “After hearing from tourists that they should expand outside of Peru, they opened an Osaka in Buenos Aires”, Eater said.
Today, there are 11 Osaka locations in South America, but Miami is now the brand’s North American debut.
According to this website, Nikkei cuisine made it to Las Vegas in 2018 by the hand of the self-proclaimed “godfather of Peruvian cuisine”, Zarate, and to New York in 2017 with Sen Sakana restaurant.
As for Osaka, they are planning to expand to other cities in the future, such as Chicago, Boston and possibly New York.