Toshi

Miraflores, San Isidro

  • Ambience 90%
  • Service 90%
  • Food 90%
  • Creativity 90%
  • Value 95%

Restaurant Details
Toshi
Locale: Miraflores, San Isidro
Address: Armendariz 480
Telephone: +51 1 4442634
Restaurant Type: Casual Dining
Cuisine: Fusion, Japanese, Peruvian Nikkei
Service Type: Table Service
Price: $$$$
Menu items offered: Braised Meat Dishes, Carpaccios - Tartares, Ceviche - Aquachile, Coffee, Desserts, Grilled Steaks, Potstickers (Guotie), Ramen - Udon - Soba, Rice - Risotto, Salads, Seafood, Soups, Sushi, Tapas - Finger Foods - Snacks
Hours:
Sun: 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm, 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm, Mon: 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm, 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm, Tue: 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm, 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm, Wed: 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm, 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm, Thu: 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm, 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm, Fri: 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm, 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm, Sat: 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm, 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Review Summary
With chefs trained by the father of modern Nikkei cuisine, a modern, minimalist décor and a creative Nikkei menu in a dining room flooded with light, Toshi is our favorite Nikkei restaurant in Lima for lunch but also earns top honors in Miraflores for a Nikkei dinner.

The full review for Toshi

Review by: Ollie O Rating: 4.6 stars Review Date: 04/19/2019

Toshi is the abbreviated name of Toshiro Kinishi who is recognized by most as the father of modern Nikkei cuisine in Peru. He, and the famed Nobuyuki Matsuhisa, the founder of Nobu, the highly successful chain of international Japanese restaurants, were at the helm of Lima’s first legitimate Nikkei restaurant, Matsuei, that opened in 1970 and subsequently closed after a successful tenure serving the interesting new cuisine of Lima.

Toshi opened a variety of different restaurants after his tenure at Matsuei until his death in 2016.

His survivors continued to operate Toshi since since Kinishi’s death in 2016.

If a pedigree Nikkei cuisine bloodline carries any weight in the evaluation of the restaurant’s status, Toshi has a huge advantage over all others. Kinishi is likely the only official itamae (a master sushi chef in Japan) to have ever worked in a Nikkei restaurant. If even an iota of his knowledge and skill has been passed on to the chefs he trained at Toshi, that alone puts Toshi above all the competition in the genre.

The restaurant, Toshi, is well-located on the Malecon a few blocks from the Larcomar shopping center. The design and décor at Toshi are impressive. Unlike the more upscale décor at Osaka, Toshi is very casual. The trendy, minimalist décor will surely appeal to the Crate and Barrel and IKEA furnishings crowd.

The primary dining room is flooded with light from the floor to ceiling plate-glass that surrounds the room along two walls. The furnishings are sleek and simple. But there are heavy, expensive elements like the black marble counters on the sushi bar that lend an air of elegance to an otherwise ultra-casual space.

Black and white framed posters, including an impressive graphic of a Japanese geisha in the corridor leading the restrooms, add the finishing touches.

Because of the comfortable, classy ambiance and the light-filled dining room, Toshi is my favorite restaurant for Nikkei dining during the lunch hours or for a late afternoon cocktail or Japanese beer.

Service is top-notch from young, handsomely dressed waiters and waitresses. Our waiter was fluent in English and was able answer any questions about the menu … and we had quite a few.

The menu is short and sweet. A few classic Japanese items and about a dozen signature main courses that shout Nikkei fusion. The brief and interesting menu shout 21st century casual dining.

On my latest visit my companion and I shared a ceviche, tempura veggies and an order of maki. Everything was top-notch. It’s hard to assess the quality of the fish in a Philly Roll but everything seemed fresh and everything was definitely delicious. The tempura was a dark-golden color, perfectly crisp. The rice the sushi has the perfect acidity and texture.

Please note that the restaurant is closed daily between 3:30 pm and 7:00 pm as the evening shift preps for dinner service.

For those that despise a modern, minimalist ambiance or for Japanese cuisine purists, Toshi might not be best ticket in town, but for fresh new take on Nikkei cuisine by chefs trained by the master, there’s no better option than Toshi.


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