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Koishii, the new restaurant at The St. Regis Mumbai, pays homage to Nikkei cuisine

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Vegetarians in Mumbai get their money’s worth. Koishii, the brand new dining and bar offering at The Penthouse on Level 37 at The St. Regis Mumbai, brings Nikkei cuisine to the city and there’s plenty to please non-meat eaters too.

A harmonious blend of Peruvian and Japanese culinary traditions, Nikkei cuisine showcases the finest Peruvian ingredients enhanced by Japanese cooking techniques, a delicious combination, especially considering the two countries are over 15,000 kilometers apart. There is something fascinating about the evolution of cuisine – the Japanese came to Peru in the 19th century in search of work and brought their own culinary influences to the local cuisine: the result is Nikkei cuisine. Koishii pays homage to the connection of cultures and connections with the two words – “koi‘ (the act of falling in love) and ‘Itishi‘ (the deep feeling of doing something for someone you love). This etymology tells you that koishii would be perfect for a romantic dinner or an intimate meal. There is also the option of pampering yourself omakase Menu (“Omakase” means “I leave it to you” in Japanese).

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The Koishii kitchen team is led by Peruvian culinary maestro Chef Kinyo and under his direction a breathtaking variety of dishes from the hot kitchen, the sushi counter and the robata grill awaits you. The menu consists of fresh and seasonal ingredients presented in Nikkei dishes such as mango ceviche, an eight-hour slow-cooked watermelon carpaccio (Above)Shisho & Togarashi Sweetcorn, Koishii Signature Vegetarian Nigiri, Robata-Grilled Nikkei Eggplant, and the Koishii Signature Dessert Platter.

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And that intimate meal we were talking about? Koishii is made for such occasions. Dramatically lit with solid crystal, wood and hand-forged metal chandeliers adding sparkling charm to your evening, the decor’s vintage sepia tones are reminiscent of Peru and Japan. The library alcove and two private rooms take you back in time, when promises were made and deals struck over a meal together. The conversation stopper is the custom black lacquered metal and brass structure that hangs above the bar and stands out even in marble and oak with mirror backed arches in antique gold. The food, the ambiance, the company will transport you to another – more exciting yet calming – world for an evening.

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