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.
Rio Panuco 132
06500 Ciudad de México
+52 55 5207 0386
Verdict: If you really need your Japanese fix in CDMX, stop by this establishment.