Mexican Food Meets Japanese Food In These Next Level Mexican Sushi Creations
Yes, Mexican sushi is real and it’s not only delicious and creative; it is popular af.
Mexican sushi has already made its way into the United States thanks to Culichi Town, a sushi and seafood restaurant in Bell Gardens outside of Los Angeles. It helped bring the trend stateside from Sinaloa.
But Mexican sushi in Mexico is still where it’s at.
You might be wondering what could make sushi Mexican.
Well, it is still sushi with nori seaweed and Japanese rice, but with a Mexican twist. It includes ingredients such as jalapeño, avocado, beef steak, cream cheese, breaded shrimp, and Tampico salad – a crab or surimi-based salad with jalapeño pepper, onion, and mayonnaise.
Japanese-Mexican fusion works perfectly, and you shouldn’t be surprised.
At its core, it employs a spicy, crunchy, tangy, and creamy flavor-bomb approach, not unlike Mexican food in general. It stands in stark opposition to the romantic, Japanese, “less is more” school of thought that makes sushi chefs look like fine-dining artists.
Mexican sushi is everything that traditional sushi is not.
Mexican sushi is all about creative combinations that might not seem to make sense on the menu, but are truly delicious. Some of the options include grilled chicken and beef. My guess is that they are alternatives for those who wish to steer clear from raw seafood.
And in Mexico City, there are a ton of amazing Mexican sushi restaurants with some pretty insane options. Let’s start with Sushi Roll:
Sushi Roll is one of the largest sushi chain restaurants in the city. They have more than 20 locations. It’s especially popular because they have amazing specials including a 2×1 sushi promotion on Monday-Wednesday and a 2×1 drink special on Thursday.
But their sushi is amazing too!
Check out their Monkey Roll…
Wrapped in banana, topped with chipotle, crowned with fried chile, and stuffed with cream cheese.
And their tasty tropical-inspired Samba Roll.
This roll comes wrapped in mango and is topped with a tropical flavored pico de gallo.
Then there’s also Teikit, another beloved Mexico City sushi chain.
They offer 2×1 specials every night of the week and have a giant menu with some really good Mexican-Japanese fusion.
For example, take a look at these Mexican Sushi Pizzas…
They even have a nori seaweed base and come topped with a mix of Italian, Mexican, and Japanese toppings. Like how extra is that?!
And you can’t miss the kushiage…
These tasty fried skewer things are amazing and these ones come filled with manchego cheese, banana, and jalapeno! Sounds like a totally weird combination but trust, it works.
They even have a veggie roll with roots in pre-Hispanic foods!
I mean quinoa dates back thousands of years, long before the arrival of the Spanish – so shout out to Teikit to offering some truly ‘back to your roots’ foods.
There’s even a brand new Mexican sushi restaurant on the scene and it’s taking Mexico City by storm with its wild inventions.
I mean sushi de pastor, with beans, and esquites? Could this be legit?
First, they got some amazing looking cocktails.
Like this one called the Mekishiko, which is a mezcal cocktail flavored with tamarindo.
And the tempuchepe roll is apparently one of the most popular sushi rolls in the city right now.
This roll comes fried and filled with onions and grilled beef, crema, and salsa macha. Wow.
Many of their rolls are inspired by a Mexican state. Like this one from Hidalgo.
Called the Atlantepu, this roll comes fried (I’m sensing a theme) and filled with potatoes and peppers, drizzled with crema, and topped with a cilantro salsa. Not bad.
Or do you prefer beans with your sushi?
Don’t worry, they’ve got you covered with this roll. It also comes fried, filled with black beans, manchego cheese, grilled pork, and a pasilla chile dressing.