24 2017 Nov

It’s probably no surprise Japanese cuisine is on the rise in Mexico City. Like any other major city in the world, it comes in the form of high end sushi restaurants to piping hot ramen joints to inviting izakaya spots. We chose a place that would fit the latter category, Hiyoko. It’s a Japanese kushiyaki restaurant offering an intimate space for you and the staff. It’s setup similar to your limited seating sushi omakase establishments. However, they serve up freshly grilled skewers using both familiar Japanese staples along with local Mexican ones.

We thought we were in trouble after reading through the menu. The items were written in Japanese also into its local counterpart. Some of which were decipherable, like “wagyu” and “enoki.” Others were a more difficult like “alita.” Fortunately, our waitress was there to help translate and better yet, inform us that there’s an omakase option. There were two options, an 8 course and a 12 course option.

I went with the 12 course which costs $1000 MXD. I’ll list out the individual prices below.

Each course was handed to us with an explanation of which condiment was recommended. I leaned toward the yuzu kosho more than the others. Simply because it goes well with grilled meats. But you should always go with you favorites.

Halfway through, I realized 12 courses was a lot of food. But it did give me just about everything on the menu. If I had to do it again, I would go with the 8 course and add one of the rice bowls at the end. It looked good but wasn’t included in the set. Lessons learned. Overall though, it was a delightful meal. Our waitress was helpful and even took time to explain the various quality levels of mezcal. She wasn’t actually trying to upsell. She just happened to overhear our conversation and gave us a sample of her favorite. How great is that? Well, great if you love mezcal. I’ll just stick with the beer and skewers.

Hiyoko

Rio Panuco 132
Cuauhtémoc
06500 Ciudad de México
CDMX, Mexico
+52 55 5207 0386
edokobayashi.com

Verdict: If you really need your Japanese fix in CDMX, stop by this establishment.

The Condiments

From left to right you have sea salt, fresh wasabi, yuzu kosho, and a sauce I didn't try too often. It was on the tangy side.

Pato

First up was the smoked duck breast sashimi with yuzu kosho. It's a cold dish that was a great start to the meal.

$90 MXD

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Baby Elote

At first I was like "whaaat, baby corn?" until I had it. It's much more flavorful than what I'm used to and I can see why they want to showcase it in this meal.

$40 MXD

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Pechuga

In my opinion, the chicken breast was good with a little yuzu kosho on top. Not sure what was recommended, but this surely made the dish for me.

$60 MXD

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Bonjiri

The chicken tail was good, grilled to give it the right amount of crispiness.

$40 MXD

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Piel de Pescuezo

Oh this was wonderful, grilled chicken neck. That may not sound appetizing, but once you bite into these crispy chewy pieces, it's quite divine. I don't know why I'm experiencing this for the first time in Mexico City. But hey, at least now I know.

$30 MXD

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Negima

They do their yakitori here right, with dark meat. That so makes it all the more tasty.

$80 MXD

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Espárrago

Grilled asparagus.

$30 MXD

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Wagyu Pulpo

The fatty beef was very good. The fat wasn't too chewy and even though the waitress recommended the red sauce, I went with the... you guessed it, yuzu kosho.

$135 MXD

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Tsukune

The chicken meatball was well charred leaving the moistness intact. Sprinkle on a little togarashi and we were set.

$90 MXD

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Wagyu

The Japanese beef was pretty good. It's not you fatty A5 variety but the meat was still tender and juicy.

$95 MXD

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Enoki

The grilled enoki mushrooms were tasty, but I'm not sure if I liked them prepared this way. I guess I'm too used to having them wrapped in bacon or something. I could have skipped this one.

$30 MXD

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Cordero

The lamb was straight up a lamb chop grilled and lightly seasoned. Of course, it was recommended with a bit of sea salt.

$125 MXD

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Yaki-onigiri

So simple but skillfully executed. Crunchy seasoned rice all around the outside, yet fluffy on the inside, and topped with salmon roe. I felt like I've been transported out of CDMX.

$50 MXD

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Matcha Custard

Closing out our meal was a light green tea custard. A nice way to cap off all the eating.

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The OxPosted November 24, 2017 By the hungry ox


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