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Nikkei Bar and Restaurant, Surry Hills, AU-NSW

Nikkei Bar and Restaurant

4.7
4.7
302 Reviews
$101 and over
Peruvian
Nikkei features Japanese-Peruvian styled share plates alongside a 40-strong wine list and Peruvian and Japanese-inspired cocktails.
Nikkei are people from Japan and their descendants that live in a foreign country. It also specifically refers to the cuisine of the Japanese-Peruvians which started more than a century ago when the first Japanese immigrated to Peru in the late 1890s, combining Japanese techniques and flavours with Peruvian produce.
We look forward to sharing Nikkei with you.

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2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 14 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Peruvian, Japanese

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sat 5:30 pm–10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (02) 8880 9942

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Justin Kim

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact us directly for further information on private events.

  • Neighborhood

    Surry Hills

  • Cross street

    Just off the corner of Foveaux and Commonwealth St

  • Parking details

    Metered street parking available on Commonwealth Street

  • Public transit

    A short walk from Central Station.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Dia del Amor - Valentine's set menu

    A$125.00 per person

    Feb 14 - Feb 15, 2023
    Come and celebrate Día del Amor y la Amistad - the Day of Love and Friendship - with us and your loved one/s this Tuesday 14 February. We'll have two sittings available for a special Valentine's set menu, starting with sparkling wine and oysters a la chalaca. Menu at https://nikkeibar.com.au/event/valentines-2023
  • Set Menu

    A$95.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    PLEASE NOTE: due to the nature of our menu we will unfortunately not be able to cater for ONION and/or GARLIC dietary requirements | Nikkei Bar seasonal multi-course shared dishes - See sample menu here: https://nikkeibar.com.au/food - Please advise if you have any allergy or dietary requirements when making the reservation.
  • Nikkei Lunch Set Menu

    A$59.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    PLEASE NOTE: due to the nature of our menu we will unfortunately not be able to cater for ONION and/or GARLIC dietary requirements | Nikkei Bar multi-course shared lunch set menu - See sample menu here: https://nikkeibar.com.au/saturday-lunch - Please advise if you have any allergy or dietary requirements when making the reservation.

What 302 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. K

    Kavemanlol

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food, lovely friendly staff. 100% will come back
  2. BI

    BrettI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delightful experience. I would absolutely go back. The service and set menu were truly delightful. Highly recommend
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent Japanese Peruvian fare. Good mix of vegetarian dishes. And despite many fried and grilled dishes everything was not greasy or salty which was just to my liking
  4. JC

    JCWD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nikkei truly is a hidden gem. If you ever wanted to try a fusion of two different cultures, Nikkei is a must. There is a beautiful and delicious art in the culinary fusion of Peru and Japan. Although the pinnacle of this sublime experience is the food, the staff and ambience cannot be faulted in any way. Parking can be a bit tricky depending on the day and time you make your reservation for. However once you walk through Nikkei's doors, you quickly forget about these 1st world problems as you're transported to a world of passion for quality food and a soul moving playlist of salsa and other Latin ambience music. I hope you enjoy this experience as much as I have!!
  5. SD

    SarahD

    Sydney

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service was attentive and friendly without being intrusive. Highly recommended.
  6. G

    Goat

    Sydney

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was delicious and the service was perfect. Each dish explained in detail with a sense of love.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’d definitely recommend
  8. MK

    MarylouK

    Tropical QLD

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food wine and service. Always a pleasant place to dine
  9. A

    Alexandra

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great staff, experience, service, food and they were wonderfully accommodating to multiple booking changes. Will be back!
  10. DT

    DannyT

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food staff perfect very accommodating thank you
  11. NW

    NoraW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The best meal I have had in a very long time! As a Peruvian I found the fusion between the two traditions was inspired. The service was a little quick initially but attentive and gracious. A perfect and delicious dinner. NW
  12. c

    cv186

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great food reasonably priced. Good wine list with wide range of options and killer cocktails.
  13. A

    Alejandra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was one of the best experience. The food was really good and the service incredible. They explained you all the plates and the best thing, you can see when they are making it since the beginning until the dessert.
  14. CA

    CustomerA

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    All the guests I ate with agreed the food was on the bland side. No punchy flavours and only number of dishes were technical. We booked with tag that it was for a birthday, so we assumed happy birthday written on the desert or at least the staff to ask who's birthday it was but there was nothing done by the restaurant. Overall disappointing meal and not a place we would go back for
  15. UR

    UruR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service. We booked seats at the counter which was a perfect decision. We saw how hard these staffs work in the kitchen and had a little conversation with the chef. The food was amazing. Great way to taste Japanese dish with a Peruvian twist (or the other way around ;)) We had the best Brussels sprouts dish we ever tasted! There were a couple of large groups, which some people may find noisy, but for us, they created a festive atmosphere. A perfect night for our anniversary.
  16. AM

    AmyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service, very accomodating to different dietary requirements. A little noisy for a large group gathering though, but overall very enjoyable!
  17. AO

    AndrewO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food was wonderful, the ambiance was great and the portion sizes for a multiple course meal was perfect
  18. TE

    TimothyE

    Sydney

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were welcomed warmly and seated perfectly. Staff were attentive and happy. The food was amazing. The tasting menu was such a treat and great value. My friends have already told their friends to go. Thank you so much. Tim
  19. d

    daveohfive

    Sydney

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Everything was really good up until the blackout! Will try again in the future and will update the review.
  20. TS

    TimS

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and service as always. Thank you to the team.
  21. DH

    DieuH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice dinner with fabulous foods. Will definitely come back.
  22. CH

    CanH

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Marco (manager) and Phil (somm) were great hosts.
  23. RD

    RondaD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Really enjoyed our experience at Nikkei. The staff were friendly without being overbearing. We didn't feel rushed through as you sometimes do at other establishments. The food was delicious! We had the set menu and every dish was yummy. I would have preferred the wagyu to be cooked a little bit more. The brussel sprouts and pumpkin were so good. The trout and ceviche were *chef's kiss* I will definitely return! Highly recommended
  24. A

    Aiiiii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and incredible staff! They took such good care of us on our adventure through the menu. Definitely worth checking out
  25. DN

    DuyN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant for groups or for date night. There aren't many Japanese-Peruvian restaurants in Sydney so this is a great spot to try something different. Highly recommend the set menu.
  26. JW

    JustineW

    Sunshine Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We booked Nikkei to celebrate the anniversary of our engagement in Peru - and were greeted with “Happy Anniversary” along with 2 complimentary glasses of Cava. The service was impeccable: personable and incredibly knowledgeable about the menu, and very attentive. Each dish was a test sensation, the whole experiment was such a treat - thank you 🙏
  27. A

    Andy

    Victoria

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What fantastic food - so full of interesting and delicious flavours, intriguing and scrumptious combinations of tastes and textures, beautifully presented. Lovely attentive and friendly service with great explanations of what we were eating and an excellent wine list. We loved it and will definitely go again.
  28. CH

    ClaireH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fresh intensely flavourful food with friendly, professional staff and a great ambience. Highly recommended as something special and a bit different from the usual.
  29. NC

    NeilC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Japanese Puruvian fusion produced some very interesting combinations resulting unique and exciting flavour profiles For new twist on Japanese food with a touch of South America the degustaion menu delivered in full
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quite simply the best food I’ve eaten for many years. The Cevice, Tuna Tostados, Oysters, .. every dish was spectacular. Great service and ambience. No loud music.
  31. j

    jjjjj

    Sydney

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Great ambiance and service. We tried the shared tasting menu and it was good, especially the dessert and vegetable dishes.
  32. JR

    JohnR

    Sydney

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favourites. Amazing tastes and flavours. Peruvian at its best. We have become regulars.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and drinks. Everything course was delicious
  34. KS

    KerryS

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had the set menu, everything great, so much flavour!
  35. GF

    GeraldineF

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They could cook cardboard and I would eat it. Absolutely awesome food, staff and ambience!
  36. H

    Holz

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just brilliant! Some really interesting dishes and the service was great.
  37. R

    Richard

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Every dish was too acidic. The wagyu steak was too salty and when we asked the waitress, they simply watered down the sauce and return the same dish to us. The sauce wasn't the problem. It was the steak.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food! So many delicious flavours
  39. C

    Capipapimuimui

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nothing like this place before, very original! We went on Saturday so it was only the set menu but it was well balanced and thoroughly enjoyed. The vibe was cool & staff was so attentive. Strongly reccomended!
  40. EL

    EmmanuelleL

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time with my dear friend. I did appreciate I had the opportunity to change table. The food was exquisite! And the set menu has really good portions. I will come back! As a student in interior design may I suggest you to take off the ugly plastic plant on the ceiling? On pictures on Google, it looks like there was a much nicer composition before. Emmanuelle.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers

FAQs

Nikkei Bar and Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 302 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 14 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Nikkei Bar and Restaurant

216 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills, AU-NSW 2010

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Just off the corner of Foveaux and Commonwealth St

  • Neighborhood

    Surry Hills

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sat 5:30 pm–10:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Peruvian, Japanese

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Metered street parking available on Commonwealth Street

  • Public transit

    A short walk from Central Station.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Justin Kim

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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