Fusing flavours - Japanese food gets a Latin makeover, plus other unique food unions
The multicultural melting pot that is London means the capital is a great place try out the latest food trends hitting its vibrant restaurant scene. Hot right now is Latin American-Japanese fusion, with several new restaurants already open, or due to open later this year, in the city.
February saw the launch of the second in the Sushinho City franchise as the Brazilian-Japanese restaurant opened in the City of London. Located within a refurbished listed building on Devonshire Square in the City, diners can also enjoy a 10ft sushi bar and a cocktail bar. Signature dishes include the hot sushinho roll with cream cheese, salmon and crab, butterfish tataki with truffle jelly and crispy capers and confit pork salad with mango, melon, burnt orange dressing. Its sister restaurant is located in the upmarket borough of Chelsea.
Whizz up to the 38th and 39th floors of the City of London’s Heron Tower and check out the unique blend of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cuisine at Sushisamba.
The eclectic menu incorporates dishes such as Sashimi seviche, robata – fresh ingredients prepared over a traditional Japanese charcoal grill and served as Peruvian skewers – and samba rolls, all of which are enhanced by the panoramic views over the city the restaurant affords.
The restaurateur behind Nobu London and the Ping Pong dim sum chain, Kurt Zdesar, is set to open a Japanese Nikkei-Peruvian restaurant in London’s Soho in September this year. Split over three floors, the venue will house a lounge, sushi bar, robata grill and a 180-cover restaurant, all to the backdrop of a collection of contemporary Tokyo-inspired art and furnishings made of natural materials.
Elsewhere in Britain, fusion cuisine continues to evolve with some mouth-watering flavours being brought to a plate near you.
Indian-British fusion – Birmingham
Choose from lamb shank rogan josh and naan and butter pudding as The Colonial Pavilion Restaurant, Birmingham infuses Indian spices, herbs and ingredients into traditional British cuisine.
Australasian-European fusion – Manchester
Today’s Australian cuisine is a combination of influences from Southeast Asia, Indonesia and Japan, as well as traditions from European cuisine; this winning union of flavours can be found at Australasia restaurant, in the Spinningfields area of Manchester, a two-minute walk from the city centre.
Pan-Asian fusion – Nottingham
In the heart of Nottingham city centre, pan-Asian restaurant Chino Latino, serves food made to share. Its signature dish is black cod with passion fruit miso while its tasting menu offers small plates such as pork, crab, glass noodle samosas and main dishes of monkfish tail with yuzu kusho dressing and yuzu jelly.
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