14 great Japanese restaurants in SP

14 great Japanese restaurants in SP

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São Paulo is a gourmet paradise, but when it comes to Japanese restaurants, the options are huge with one thing in common: hyper-fresh fish served at the exact temperature. Therefore, we have listed 14 Japanese restaurants in SP approved by YMG.

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14 Japanese restaurants in SP

Aizome

Authentic Japanese restaurant, run by chef and businesswoman Telma Shiraishi, who has won the respect and admiration of the Japanese community in São Paulo. She makes original and delicate cuisine and, in addition, uses ancient Japanese culinary techniques. Aizomê offers an Omakasê menu for lunch and dinner, as well as à la carte options. The dishes are balanced between hot and cold recipes. Unmissable on our list of restaurants in São Paulo by neighborhood.

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End: Alameda Fernão Cardim, 39

Renata Araújo on the Aizomê tasting menu

By Koji

Led by chef Koji Yokomizo, this is the group's fourth restaurant, and has a more intimate feel, with 50 seats available and a more contemporary atmosphere. On the menu, noble and very fresh fish. Additionally, Koji features authentic Japanese recipes with contemporary twists. In fact, the restaurant has an extensive sake menu, in addition to new drinks, classics and signatures.

End: Rua Escobar Ortiz, 726.

Renata Araújo no By Koji

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The cozy Huto, in Moema, has a Michelin star. It offers a sophisticated tasting menu, in a small and cozy atmosphere. But there are also customers who, because they are so regular, opt for the à la carte and sit down to dinner at the sushi bar.

End: Avenida Jandira 677

J1

Another delicious discovery was J1, by chef Jun Sakamoto, at Shopping Villa Lobos. The menu is à la carte and the atmosphere is modern and relaxed. Don't forget to try the duo of scallop sushi in truffle oil and lemon zest and the nest of breaded quail eggs, also scented with truffles, for example.

End: Av das Nações Unidas, 4777

5 Japanese restaurants in SP
Quail's nest

Kinoshita

With a Michelin star and a refined atmosphere, Kinoshita specializes in Kappô cuisine, which values ​​precision cuts, seasonal ingredients and impeccable presentation. The house's suggestion is Omakase, a 9-stroke menu, which features pieces of wagyu, mussels, salmon, tuna, shrimp, scallops… Furthermore, dinner can be paired with sake.

End: R. Jacques Félix, 405 – Vila Nova Conceição

Kinoshita, in SP, is impeccable

Kosushi – Japanese restaurants in SP

The minimalist Kosushi is present in two addresses in SP. One in the Cidade Jardim shopping center and the other in Itaim. By the way, he also has a Michelin star. Established in Miami, Kosushi offers great creations by chef George Koshoji and an unmissable sake menu.

End: Rua Viradouro, 139

Kosushi
The ambience is also divine

Koon

The Asian restaurant led by chef Rafael Hidaka, who has accumulated Michelin stars for the restaurants he has visited. Koon presents a menu where Brazilian and Japanese cuisines come together. Meanwhile, the atmosphere is elegant and sophisticated, with high ceilings and an open kitchen. Highlight is the Omakase with fresh and tasty fish such as: tuna with foie gras, white fish, blue fin, scallops with truffles, roe, crayfish… Finally, to drink, in addition to a varied selection of sakes, there is also a great wine and cocktail list.

End: Rua Dr Mario Ferraz, 441

KOON
Koon's special pieces

go away

With a more intimate proposal, the restaurant has a counter with capacity for just eight people, meaning you can closely follow all the meticulous work of the staff. sushimen. Executive chef Gerard Barberan and sushi chef Henry Miyano masterfully execute the menu and serve omakase, the Japanese tasting menu, consisting of 16 steps. In fact, reservations are essential!

End: Rua Padre João Emanuel, 712, Cerqueira César.

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Murakami

Under the command of award-winning chef Tsuyoshi Murakami, the restaurant has a counter for just 12 people and only serves the omakase menu, the Japanese tasting, with five courses and two desserts. It operates à la carte at lunch, however, for dinner you need to reserve one of the two available times: 7pm and 9:30pm. The menu is completely based on real Japanese cuisine, with mild and different ingredients at each meal.

End: Alameda Lorena, 1186 – Jardim Paulista

Or

With a lounge, balcony and rooftop, Noma is a new success in Faria Lima by chefs Rafael Portes and Fernando Nagao. The menu features creative and tasty dishes such as, for example: salmon belly nigiri with scallops, tuna in different textures, wagyu pieces, black cod… In addition, the Asian restaurant offers an executive menu during the week and an excellent drinks menu.

End: Off. Faria Lima, 3400

Renata Araújo at Noma

Ohka

We went to see Ohka, which has a cool atmosphere and attracts a crowd that, in fact, appreciates good and creative drinks, as well as excellent cuisine. On the menu it is worth highlighting, for example, the sushi king crab, which is a separate chapter of the restaurant. Simply amazing. Certainly, it couldn't be left out of our list of Japanese restaurants in SP.

End: Rua Professor Carlos de Carvalho, 105

Tatá Sushi

If the proposal is to taste flavors at good value for money, our suggestion is, without a doubt, Tatá Sushi, in Itaim. There are six courses for R$88. The chef's sequence is very varied with a nice difference: customers can repeat the step they liked most. Our collaborator was there, was enchanted by the sushi and the eggplant miso starter, but thought that repeating it is for those “strong or good with a fork”.

End: Rua João Cachoeira, 278

5 Japanese restaurants in SP
Tasty sashimi

Chef José Maria Azevedo's restaurant has modern, bold decor and classic Japanese cuisine. “Yū” means excellence in Japanese, and that is what the chef aims to deliver with the excellent fresh fish cuts. Among the menu suggestions, very tasty fish and seafood, such as Centella tartar and shrimp tempurá. In addition, options such as Toro sashimi, pairs such as Scallop Niguiri and Tuna Jo with sealed foie gras. Finally, to drink, the drinks menu is designed by Laércio Zulu, with original and classic recipes.

End: R. Jeronimo da Veiga, 121 – No.

Watanabe

Under the command of chef Denis Watanabe, the Japanese restaurant in Itaim mixes traditional techniques with a contemporary touch. Furthermore, the atmosphere is cozy and the tip is to sit at the counter to watch the chefs' meticulous work up close. Focus on grills and nori snacks made in a coal oven. The crispy Brussels sprouts with ponzu sauce, ikura roe and micro-leaf mix and the charcoal-grilled Japanese eggplant with a sumo sauce made from miso paste, rice vinegar and sugar are good options.

Detailed work on Watanabe

Text and photos by Tatiana Datz and Renata Araújo