Passing from one barrio to the next in Buenos Aires, there are many a chic looking sushi joints with dazzling signs of words that sound familiarly Japanese. Pay no mind to the phonetics and neon. How is the nigri and udon?
At Comedor Nikkai, Ave. Independencia 732 in San Telmo, the sign is barely noticeable, a big wooden door with mysterious Konji characters. However, the sushi is fresh, hot entrées delicious, and the lot of it truly authentic. It is a scant surprise given that the restaurant shares a building with the Japanese Association of Buenos Aires. Serving Argentines, tourists, and expatriates (Japanese or otherwise) this non-presumptuous comedor has a relaxed atmosphere with soft green walls and the usual accents such as an aquarium behind the sushi bar and geisha paintings on the wall.
However, you may not get a chance to see the fish in the tanks or décor on the wall for all the fish on the menu and entrées listed. If you are out for sushi and nothing but a long list of sushi, nigri, and sashimi options are available. If you are a Japanese food neophyte, you have an array of hot entrées to choose from or the menu of the day which includes a teasing three pieces of sushi, and then a mixed match of other items such as a flavorful plate of mixed vegetables with white rice, small plate of pickled cucumber, goyza (dumplings), a udon soup I highly recommend, yakitori (skewers of spiced chicken), tonkatsu (a breaded and fried piece of pork with a sweet katzu sauce), salad, and more.
We went twice, the first time ordering the menu of the day #1 choice which featured the tonkatsu which got favorable reviews for $38 pesos. The second time we went all out and ordered a large combination plank that included seventy-five pieces of sashimi, nigri, and sushi of salmon, white fish (dorado), California, Boston, and other rolls as well as shrimp for $260 pesos. There was an obvious odd man out as the white fish (dorado) was the last sushi and sashimi standing after everyone had gobbled their favorites. It may be best to order salmon combinations, which are sure to please.
At the end of the meal, go with the exotic flavors of ice cream (ginger, green tea, wasabi) or cakes for dessert in lieu of the mysterious doriyaki and kurmimanyu, breads filled with bean paste, as they are a little dry, the only disappointment in an otherwise delectable meal.
Av. Independencia 732, Capital
Tel: 4300-5848 / 4300-9538
Monday-Thurday: 12:00 – 3:00 p.m & 7:30 – 11:00 p.m.
Friday: 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.- 12:00 a.m.
Saturday: 8:00 p.m.- 12:00 a.m
Major Credit Cards Accepted