Best Sushi Restaurants in Mexico City According to Casai CEO Nico Barawid

While tourists and expats alike come to Mexico City for food, they stay for the robust, varied, and international gastronomical scene. Of these international cuisines, food has exploded in the city, following waves of immigration and culinary experimentation. These days, many world-renowned chefs, like Carlo Mirarchi, say that Mexico City has some of the best Japanese Food outside of Japan. So, once you get tired of tacos and quesadillas, test out some of the best sushi restaurants in Mexico City. 

The following list of best sushi restaurants in Mexico City was created by Casai CEO and sushi connoisseur, Nico Barawid. Each restaurant was selected for its unique experience, exceptional cuisine, and proximity to Casai units. 

1/5: Sushi Kyo

 
 
 
 
 
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Hours: Mon to Sat • Lunch 1:30 – 4pm | Dinner • 4 – 7pm

Reservations: 55 5511 8027 & OpenTable

Address: Havre 77, Juárez, Cuauhtémoc, 06600 Ciudad de México, CDMX

Step into the cozy lighting of Sushi Kyo for an unforgettable dining experience. The decor matches the simplicity of this restaurant that serves just 13 customers at a time. The sushi is prepared by two chefs on display behind a long counter. Sushi Kyo serves edomae sushi, a modern Japanese style created by the Edo (Tokyo) food businesses in the 1820s. This type of sushi is concentrated on highlighting one flavor of one ingredient. At Sushi Kyo, the highlighted flavors are usually their ultra- fish. Make sure you check out the many other restaurants owned by the Edo Kobayashi Group located throughout the country.

Originally from Tijuana, Baja California, Edo Lōpez is the founder of the Edo Kobayashi Group. The restaurant group seeks to serve Japanese food in Mexico of the same caliber that you would find in Japan. Edo has a deep appreciation for Japanese culture. His passion, attention to detail, and ambition has guided the restaurant group’s mission. The Edo Kobayashi Group is world-renowned for their craftsmanship, culinary excellence, and commitment to their customers. 

2/5: Umai

 
 
 
 
 
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Hours: Mon to Sun • 1 – 10pm

Reservations: 55 1476 2921

Address: Colima 159, Roma Nte., Cuauhtémoc, 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX

What could be a more perfect setting to eat sushi than a relaxing zen garden? At Umai, this is just one part of the guest experience. The Umai garden was created by Planta, a landscaper, who noted that after long periods of time in quarantine, eating in an open, green space is one of the things that she appreciates the most. 

Beyond the garden, guests can watch in awe at the careful attention to detail in all aspects of their dining experience. The gorgeous dishes was all commissioned by Taller Experimental de Cerámica, a local potter in Coyoacán. Dishes are delivered to the table with precise plating, each a unique work of art. 

Umai is a member of the Ikigai Group, led by Juan José Xacur. The original group was formed by a group of friends who went to eat at Benkay, served by chef Nacho Carmona. This was one of the original traditional Japanese restaurants in Mexico City. Today, this group of friends and culinary experts are focused on transforming the future of Japanese cuisine in Mexico City. 

3/5: Yoru

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Hours: Mon to Sat • 1 – 10pm | Sun • 1 – 7pm

Reservations: Open Table

Address: Sinaloa 156A, Roma Nte., Cuauhtémoc, 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX

If you love sushi, but are concerned about the negative impact of modern fishing practices, Yoru is the place for you. This restaurant only uses ingredients of the highest and freshness that are sourced sustainably. As they say at Yoru, “We love sushi, therefore also the sea. Our fishing comes from fishermen with the best labor practices.” 

At Yoru, they believe that sushi is more than food, but a way of life, a history, and a tradition. They use traditional Japanese techniques for aging and curing ingredients and preparing and serving their dishes. They aspire to provide more than a simple meal, but rather a top notch gastronomical experience.

Their restaurant is very small, so seating is exclusive. Make sure to create a reservation or be prepared to wait for a table. You’ll be glad you visited one of the best sushi restaurants in Mexico City. 

 

4/5: Gin Chan

 
 
 
 
 
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Hours: Tue – Sat • Lunch 1 – 5pm | Dinner • 7 – 10pm & Sun • 1 – 5pm

Reservations: 55 8878 2854 & Instagram DM

Address: Córdoba 132, Roma Nte., Cuauhtémoc, 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX

For those who appreciate traditional Japanese , Gin Chan is a must. Chef Silverio Cervantes and his partner Koichi San have created, “a warm place where people could savor the food of Tokyo, without leaving the CDMX.” Silverio Cervantes started his career on the Rokai and Zoku culinary teams. After traveling to Japan several times, Cervantes was amazed by the ceremonious and elaborate nature of Japanese cuisine. He combined this admiration with his desire to be close to family and friends in Mexico and created Gin Chan.

Currently their indoor dining is limited, so try making a reservation ahead of time. Alternatively, make an order to go and allow Gin Chan to deliver the Tokyo experience directly to your home. 

We recommend ordering “omakase”, a phrase that means “I’ll leave it up to you”, derived from the Japanese word “to entrust”. The chef will curate a meal to your tastes, demonstrating his impressive skills. 

5/5: Madai Sushi

 
 
 
 
 
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Hours: Mon – Sat • 1 – 10pm | Sun • 1 – 8pm

Reservations: Open Table & 55 8103 4561

Address: Calle Río Lerma #162, Cuauhtémoc, 06500 Ciudad de México, CDMX

Madai is truly a hidden gem. Located on a bustling yet low-key street in Colonia Cuauhtémoc, if you weren’t looking for it you would miss it as you walked by. This intimate restaurant has an extremely limited number of seats (8), so reservations are a must. 

The main attraction at Madai is the experience of watching the chef prepare your food. Guests can observe and marvel at each slice, glaze, and stir right in front of them. The crowned jewel dish is Taconori. It is roasted seaweed stuffed with wagyu flakes, caviar, and summer truffle. Everything is served on beautiful china made by Japanese artist Hiroshi Okuno. All of the fish and is sourced from Ensenada, located along the top section of the Baja California Peninsula. The fresh ingredients are part of what makes Madai one of the best sushi restaurants in Mexico City. 

Chef Adán Peláez opened Madai in 2019 building off a long career in Japanese cuisine. He spent several years working at Rokai, learning the traditional Japanese techniques. 

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