Paperfish Sushi is bringing its popular Japanese meets Peruvian flavors to the historic Espanola Way
V&E Restaurant Group and Fabric Group LATAM have come together again to introduce the second outpost of its popular Paperfish Sushi concept, a contemporary Tokyo-inspired izakaya with Nikkei cuisine.
Neatly tucked away amid pastel Mediterranean-style buildings, the restaurant presents its signature Japanese meets Peruvian flavors to the vibrant pedestrian-friendly Espanola Way. Set to the soft glow emanating from the bar and sushi counter, the dining room flaunts a clean palette of natural materials and handcrafted ceramics, offset by towering pink cherry blossom trees. Outdoors, a terrace adorned with Japanese street signs and string-lit trees offers an idyllic backdrop for a program of delicate and specialized cuisine, weaving beautiful links between old world and new.
New menu standouts include Steamed Nikkei Grouper (fresh grouper, steam with soy sake, scallion, ginger, cilantro, pour with hot garlic olive oil) and the Ichiban Sando – winner of the 2022 SOBE Seafood Festival sushi battle – (crispy rice, spicy tuna, avocado, and crab salad, red tobiko, smoked bonito flakes, and clarified garlic butter).
Appetizers such as Tiradito Apassionado (Salmon, Passion Fruit, Philo strips, Rocoto) and Nikkei Tuna (Peruvian yellow sauce, Foie gras) from the Raw Bar range from $6 to $24, while Tokusen such as Pulpo Robata (Octopus, Chimi Nipon / Olive, Mashed Edamame) and Wagyu Ishiyaki (Tataki Grilled Wagyu, signature sauce) are from $18 to $45.
The new featured cocktail Chanoyu, meaning “the way of tea” is Paperfish Sushi’s take on a Japanese Mojito. Prepared and served tableside, this signature cocktail is meant to be shared for two. The Chanoyu incorporates Japanese Gin with mint, lime, coconut water, matcha syrup, orange blossom water mist, poured over dried ice, and garnished with a mint spring and a rose water, and is inspired by traditional Japanese tea culture and its South Beach location.