Recently a friend asked if we knew of a decent restaurant for Japanese food in Puerto Vallarta. This initiated a conversation that went far beyond sushi. Japanese immigrants were originally lumped in with anyone of Asian resemblance as Chino. Japanese initially came as slaves in an era when coffee plantations in Chiapas were founded. Though these efforts met with great failure in the beginning, it resulted in a lot of Japanese immigrants, paid and unpaid. The forced internment of Japanese in the USA during World War II also caused relocation from northern Mexican states and Baja to become more centralized in Mexico. Following the war, Japan began serious investments in Mexico, resulting in the settlement of skilled workers. The Japanese are the fourth largest cultural community in all of Latin America so we expect to find some decent sushi here. According to our friends, it’s really a matter of taste and timing.
There are many sushi restaurants in Puerto Vallarta, located in every venue from the wealthy marina districts to small communities where prices are very competitive. It seems impossible to get a true vote on which one is the best. One thing we do know is to request servings without cream cheese if you are so inclined to not be such a big fan. More than one of our research participants claimed that if you really want Japanese food you should probably be in Japan… but many friends dispute this and say there are loads of great places to get sushi and sashimi in Puerto Vallarta. One thing we love about Mexico is her wide diversity. Your best bet is to try them all and choose your personal favorite.
Tsunami Sushi is in Fluvial on the corner of Niza and Rio; easy to find. It’s close to Costco and we know Asian people who love it. Mikado in the Marriott Hotel also has Hibachi, which actually translates to fire bowl in Japanese, a cooking style that involves grilling over high heat in a setting where the chef is a showman. Kensao in the Galerias is very highly recommended, also easy to find; the caveat is they close when the mall does. Yeo is also in the Fluvial. Sushi in the House, Mi Sushi, Kashi and Kaneishi are all closer to downtown and/or the stadium. Nicksan, in Nuevo Vallarta is raved about, which is good to know since they are a more out-of-town destination. Sushiro Restaurante and Café on Calle Las Torres (all one name) in Los Sauces is simple and looks more like a burger joint but we’ve received enthusiastic reviews about the food and the service. Mind you, all of these selections came to us as favorites.
食べてみましょうTabete mimashou. (İBuen Provecho!)
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Thanks to our Guest Blogger Adam Garcia for this great article! (Opinions expressed are his own…)
About Vacation Villas of Mexico Founder, Vanessa Cole
The founder of the company, Vanessa Cole, lived in Puerto Vallarta for 10 years and in Cancun for 2 years. She has worked in Luxury Vacation Villa Rentals since 2001.
Originally from San Antonio, Texas, Vanessa earned a degree from the University of Texas in Austin, majoring in International Business and Latin American Studies. Fluent in Spanish, she has worked and traveled all over Mexico and South America.