Nagi Sushi, the latest addition to the Nagi Group’s portfolio, celebrated its opening at The Shops Ayala Triangle Garden with a spectacular event that immersed guests into the heart of authentic Japanese dining experience. Highlighting the event was “The Art of Sushi Masterclass,” led by the esteemed Chef Oshikiri.
THE ART OF SUSHI
Sushi is a popular and well-known Japanese dish that consists of vinegared rice combined with various ingredients, which can include seafood (such as raw or cooked fish), vegetables, and occasionally tropical fruits.
There are several different types of sushi, but the two most common varieties are:
- Nigiri Sushi: Nigiri sushi is made by shaping a small, hand-pressed mound of vinegared rice and placing a slice of raw or cooked seafood on top. The chef may add a dab of wasabi between the rice and the seafood, and it is typically served with a small strip of seaweed (nori) to hold everything together.
- Maki Sushi: Maki sushi, or sushi rolls, consists of vinegared rice and various ingredients (such as fish, vegetables, and sometimes avocado) rolled inside a sheet of nori. The roll is then typically cut into bite-sized pieces and served. There are many types of maki sushi, including popular ones like the California roll and the spicy tuna roll.
Sushi can also be further categorized into other types, like sashimi (thin slices of raw fish or seafood served without rice), chirashi (scattered sushi, where ingredients are scattered over a bowl of sushi rice), and more.
Sushi is often served with pickled ginger, which acts as a palate cleanser, wasabi (a spicy green condiment), and soy sauce for dipping. It’s known for its artistic presentation and the emphasis on the quality and freshness of the ingredients.
The Art of Sushi Masterclass served as a journey of both education and culinary delight where Chef Oshikiri displayed his culinary mastery in Japanese cuisine and sushi, honed through years of dedication at the Tsukiji fish market, the world’s largest sushi marketplace.
Attendees had the privilege of witnessing his brilliance and passion for Japanese culture and had the opportunity to learn the precision of sushi knife skills, discover the perfection of sushi rice, and explore the artistry behind Nagi Sushi’s two distinct styles of sushi.
Chef Oshikiri’s sushi-making demonstration underscored what sets Nagi Sushi apart from other sushi restaurants. Nagi Sushi selects the finest Japanese tuna and salmon for its sushi, ensuring each fish is chosen for its freshness and fat content. These top-quality ingredients are air-flown directly from Japan and meticulously processed by the chef with precision.
Nagi Sushi also takes immense pride in its menu, offering sushi in two distinct forms. The first is the Edomae-style, which preserves the pristine state of the fish, resulting in a melt-in-your-mouth experience with each bite. The second is the Temaki-style, expertly hand-rolled to perfection — and both of which are made fresh to order.
Furthermore, Nagi Sushi boasts of top-tier flavors and intricate layers. The seasoned sushi rice, crafted from Koshikari rice and seasoned with traditional “aka-zu” vinegar, imparts a rich umami taste to each dish. The high-quality nori, sourced from Tsutaken Shoten in Yokohama, adds a delightful crispy texture and robust flavor that enhances the Nagi Sushi experience. Last but not least, the indispensable Hon Wasabi, sourced from Kaneku, seamlessly combines tradition and innovation to elevate the dining experience.
Erickson Farillas, the visionary behind the Nagi Group, expressed their enthusiasm, “Nagi Sushi is a place where you can come to experience the true essence of Japanese culture, from the food to the atmosphere. We want our guests to feel like they are stepping into another world when they enter our restaurant, and we hope that they leave feeling refreshed, inspired, and connected to the heart of Japan.”
As part of the Nagi Group, Nagi Sushi has been meticulously conceived with the innovative concept of combining two of the best Japanese dishes: Ramen and Sushi. This means that Nagi Sushi is also serving all types of ramen from Ramen Nagi, allowing its diners to indulge in a diverse and exquisite range of Japanese culinary treasures.
Nagi Sushi invites all foodies to embark on a culinary journey that celebrates authenticity, quality, and the joy of savoring exceptional sushi. With its opening, Nagi Sushi sets a new standard in Japanese dining, promising an unforgettable gastronomic adventure.
Experience authentic Japanese dining at Nagi Sushi, located at The Shops at Ayala Triangle. The restaurant is open for dinner from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM daily.
The Japanese word “nagi” (凪) refers to calm or a lull, particularly in the context of weather and natural elements. It is often used to describe a period of calm or tranquility, such as when the wind or the sea becomes calm after a storm. In a broader sense, “nagi” can be used metaphorically to describe a peaceful or serene state of being. The word is also used in Japanese poetry and literature to evoke a sense of stillness and quietude.
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