Regarded as the island’s most iconic Japanese eatery, Tenkai Japanese Nikkei Restaurant at Padma Resort Legian introduces new flavours with Japanese Nikkei Cuisine.
by Rizky Adityo
In contrast to the bustle of Legian’s busy shops and cafes, Padma Resort Legian is a tranquil haven. It has been a fixture in the area for more than 20 years, and in addition to offering exquisite lodgings, it also boasts top-notch F&B establishments, including Tenkai Japanese Nikkei Restaurant. As a way to welcome travellers back to the island, the enticing restaurant has recently launched a new Japanese Nikkei menu.
Helmed by Peruvian Chef Sandro Medrano, Tenkai is proud to be at the forefront of bringing Nikkei-inspired delicacies to Bali. Born and raised in Lima, Chef Sandro started in the kitchen by helping his mother prepare traditional Peruvian dishes at home. His passion and enthusiasm for Japanese food now extends beyond Nikkei cuisine, being skilled in both Japanese fine dining and omakase. Now at Tenkai, he is ready to show his skills to the island’s discerning diners.
The new menu at Tenkai Japanese Nikkei Restaurant highlights the freshness often found in Peruvian cuisine with ceviches, tiraditos, maki Nikkei, nigiri Nikkei, robata anticuchos and a selection of main courses. There are four ceviches to choose from, the A Lo Indo is a raw salmon ceviche served with sweet mango, rocoto sambal, coconut tiger’s milk, cucumber, quinoa pop and kecombrang, while the A Lo Nikkei is a beautiful dish of fresh tuna, chilli panka, tamarind tiger’s milk, soy sauce, wakame, katsuobushi and tobiko.
The restaurant also introduces Peruvian-style skewers with its robata anticuchos. Highlighting only the best ingredients found on land and sea, delight in a fine selection of beef tenderloin, chicken, salmon, octopus, shrimp, baby corn, asparagus, quail egg and shitake mushroom. Everything is made to order and served with special sauces taken from the chef’s own recipes.
For the mains, Chef Sandro has carefully selected dishes that truly show the magnificent taste of Nikkei cuisine. Arroz con Pato is duck breast on a bed of Japanese rice with coriander and pumpkin puree. The tenderness of the meat marries perfectly with the tanginess of the kemangi rice. For a taste of the ocean, Tako Quinomar is an octopus dish braised in rocoto chilli oyster sauce with quinoa stew. If you’re a fan of red meat, try Nikuseco which consists of short rib stew, coriander curry sauce, black bean stew, jicama and mushroom.
Ideal for couples or families, Tenkai Japanese Nikkei Restaurant still offers a range of Japanese staples such as sushi, sashimi, tempura and the ever-attractive teppanyaki. Tenkai Japanese Nikkei Restaurant is open daily for dinner only starting at 6pm until late at night. Advance reservation is highly recommended by phoning (+62) 361752111, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tenkai Japanese Nikkei Restaurant at Padma Resort Legian