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Japanese With A Spanish Twist, Nagai Serves Amazing Fusion Food


    Walk into a spacious, surreal floor and admire the larger-than-life installation art by Irish artist Findac, inspired by geishas, at Nagai. An import from Ibiza {of all places}, there’s a huge story behind this Japanese restaurant and it’s as nouvelle and exciting as the fusion food!

    For The Sake Of Sake

    We say you start with the sake bar, in the basement, with a staid, eclectic vibe of its own. It’s the perfect place for few cocktails with Ibiza-inspired club music in the background {you won’t hear this kind of music anywhere else in Gurgaon}. Their sake cocktails are perfectly balanced, combining seasonal flavours, syrups and bitters with this potent Japanese liquor. In fact, Nagai has the largest and best selection of both sake and Soju in town.

    Pick your poison and pair it with the tapas – a nod to the restaurant’s Spanish roots. The food is inspired by the lives of the three partners at Nagai – a Japanese ladyboss chef, an Italian restauranteur and her Spanish husband who own restaurants in Italy, Spain and now India too. We’d recommend the Mini Aubergine Skewers which are best described as fluffy pillows of happiness, slathered with a mustard miso sauce, and the Gazed Crispy Pork which was cooked to perfection.

    This is How They Roll

    Save the starters and Tempura for your second visit and go straight for the sushi. Premium ingredients and freshness make the sushi here exceptionally good; we loved their signature Dragon Rolls, Crispy, Spicy Salmon Rolls and Scallops {Hotate} Nigiri.

    Make sure you have enough space for the mains – the Pork Belly with Daikon is absolutely gorgeous and we think they should bottle the daikon from the gravy as is! The signature is the Nagai Black Cod which pairs beautifully with a side of Chicken Udon Noodles.

    P.S. This is probably the only place where we’ve had perfect matcha.

    So, We're Saying...

    One trip to Nagai isn’t enough – there’s so much going on and with influences from the Mediterranean, Spain and even Mexico, this is one Japanese menu that’s blew us away.