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

While tourists and expats alike come to Mexico City for mexican food, they stay for the robust, varied, and international gastronomical scene. Of these international cuisines, Japanese food is revolutionizing 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 sushi restaurants in the world, and some of the most notorious Japanese Food spots outside of Japan.

 

So, if you’re looking for a change 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 comes from Casai CEO and sushi connoisseur, Nico Barawid. So rest assured, every restaurant offers a 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 minimalist decor matches the simplicity of this restaurant that serves just 13 customers at a time. The sushi is made by two chefs on display behind a long counter. Sushi Kyo serves edomae sushi, a modern Japanese style by the Edo (Tokyo) food businesses in the 1820s. This type of sushi concentrates  on highlighting one flavor of one ingredient. At Sushi Kyo, these flavors are usually their ultra-fresh fish.

 

Make sure you check out the many other restaurants owned by the Edo Kobayashi Group, available 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 guides the restaurant group’s mission. The Edo Kobayashi Group is world-renowned for its craftsmanship, culinary excellence, and commitment to its 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 is by Planta, a landscaper, who notes that after long periods of time in quarantine, eating in an open, green space is one of the things that she appreciates the most. Because of this, this is a universally beloved terrace.

 

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

 

This was one of the original traditional Japanese restaurants in Mexico City. Today, this group of friends and culinary experts focus 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. Firstly, this restaurant only uses ingredients of the highest quality 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.” 

 

And secondly, Yoru sees sushi as a way of life, history, and tradition. They use traditional Japanese techniques for aging and curing ingredients. Their restaurant is very small, so seating is exclusive. Make sure to book a reservation! You’ll enjoy your visit to 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 cooking, Gin Chan is a must. Chef Silverio Cervantes and his partner Koichi San have created, “a warm place where people can savor the authentic food of Tokyo, without leaving the CDMX.”

 

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

 

We recommend ordering the “omakase” menu – which means “I’ll leave it up to you”, derived from the Japanese word “to entrust”. In other words, the chef will curate a meal to your taste. 

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 the 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. So, in short, food is almost too pretty to eat.

 

All of the fish and seafood is sourced from Ensenada, located along the top section of the Baja California Peninsula. That is to say that fresh ingredients are part of what makes Madai one of the best sushi restaurants in Mexico City. 

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