All roads lead to Rome, says an old motto: but why not taking a detour towards… Tokyo? We propose you a break with a Jap twist in the most exclusive places of the Capital where you can taste the finest Japanese cuisine: here, the freshest raw materials, impeccable quality and creativity merge together, between tradition and modernity.
Ancient and modern also coexist in perfect harmony in the beautiful setting of Rinascente-Via del Tritone, the second flagship store in the Capital, inaugurated just over a year ago, where the remnants of a precious past, that can be visited in the archaeological site of the Aqua Virgo aqueduct (on floor-1), and a breathtaking view over the rooftops of Rome (from the Food Hall rooftop terraces), coexist with the impeccable and rigorous architecture of the building, open to the public after 11 years of meticulous and complex restoration. The Roman flagship hosts an extraordinary selection of luxury names and products: 8 storeys, 800 brands among fashion, accessories and jewellery, as well as beauty, food and design. For a truly unique shopping experience.
For a well-deserved break from shopping with a Jap twist, Temakihno, on the sixth floor of Rinascente-Via del Tritone, is an essential stop: Japanese tradition meets the flavors and typical ingredients of Brazil in an environment made with fresh and tropical décor, among avocado green, lush prints, embossed glossy ceramics and refined dusty blue and mustard chairs. In addition to the colourful dishes of Japanese-Brazilian fusion cuisine for which Temakinho is renowned, today, you can also enjoy a menu entirely dedicated to breakfast: among the “bebidas quentes”, Amazon hot chocolate, matcha milk and cappuccino, among the “frias”, coconut water or guarana, as well as a wide range of invigorating smoothies. Sweet or savoury “torradas” (toasts), with avocado or fruit, passion fruit cheesecake, Maracuja jam croissants… are also available. To start the shopping spree… with the right amount of energy!
On the top floor of Palazzo Fendi, Zuma, inaugurated in 2016, offers a refined cuisine inspired by the izakaya, authentic and informal Japanese pubs, a wine cellar with 200 labels and 40 types of sake (with sommelier) including the Biwa No Choju, an exclusivity of the restaurant based on Lake Biwa water. Zuma’s strengths are the roof terrace with a magnificent view of Rome and the cocktail bar offering drinks such as the Azuma Mule, a Japanese version of the Moscow Mule (ginger beer is mixed with Matcha tea, tangerine, fresh yuzu, lime water, angostura and Belvedere Vodka). But there are also “special editions” of other classics such as the Zumacolada, Zuma Bellini and Lychee and Rose Petal Martini.
In the heart of Rome, in the Prati district, Taki is like a small world that passionately reproduces the atmosphere of Japan, from interior design to music, lush plants and lighting, creating a striking contrast with the dark furnishings. In addition to the delights of Jap cuisine for which it is renowned, from sushi to sashimi, Taki offers a relaxing break in its Matcha Bar, the first tea room of the Capital inspired by the ancient Japanese tradition and the processing of Matcha tea, a veritable form of art. Apart from tea, there is a wide variety of Matcha coffee, but also hot chocolate and homemade ice cream in ginger, sesame, azuki and green tea flavours, plus mixed Japanese and Italian pastries.
For some, it is the best Japanese restaurant in the Capital and certainly the oldest. Founded in 1974 in Campo Marzio, when Japanese cuisine was not yet fashionable, and the clientele was predominantly Japanese, Hamasei boasts over 40 years of experience and was the first Restaurant of Japanese cuisine to be quoted by the Italian Michelin Guide in 2006. The restaurant offers an intimate and refined atmosphere, where the staff (some waitresses wear kimonos) serves the dishes of the sophisticated menu, which is strictly loyal to tradition, like Kaiseki cuisine, considered the most refined in Japan. You can dine sitting at the tatami in a room that faithfully reproduces traditional furnishings. Strictly without shoes!
At the foot of the Gianicolo, a few steps from the Fontana dell’Acqua Paola, this Trastevere Japanese restaurant offers creative cuisine and contemporary sushi in a refined and welcoming environment. Somo proposes dishes of the Japanese tradition with incursions of tastes and flavours of the Italian cuisine: from pumpkin soufflé with “Piacentinu Ennese” (Sicilian goat cheese) and curcuma root, to grilled octopus with tomatoes confit and Thai herbs, Carbonara lobster and a wide choice of delicious appetizers and desserts. For its wine list, Somo follows a precise philosophy, preferring the local production and emerging wineries, offering still wines and bubbles to be sipped during the popular “Sushi and Cicchetti” aperitif.