Sushi, samba and killer caipirinhas- Japanese-Brazilian fusion has arrived and it’s taking Rome by storm.
Viale Regina Margherita, 168 (Trieste)
Via Vittoria Colonna, 17/19 (Prati)
Mon-Sun 12-3.30pm, 7.30-12pm
Dancing to it’s own samba beat up on Regina Margherita, Sambamaki is a hip and happening spot that doubles as a sakeria and temakeria. Although it still has the colorful, funky décor and Portuguese music that are staples of every Brazilian sushi spot, Sambamaki’s menu makes it stand out. You really can’t go wrong with any of the dishes, but we love the flaming gunkan (literally served on fire) and cebiche, as well as the Saudade roll. One look at the drink menu and the term “sakeria” takes on a whole new meaning: traditional cocktails such as Juleps, Negroni, and even Cairpirinhas are all made with sakè. For dessert, try the bom bom or, yes you guessed it, the cheesecake! Reservations Recommended.
Via dei Serpenti, 16 (Monti)
Borgo Angelico, 30 (Borgo)
Inside La Rinascente in Via dei Due Macelli, 23 (Monti)
Mon-Sun 12.30 – 3.30pm, 7pm-12am
Not long after their first hole in the wall hotspot in Monti acquired a cult following, Temakinho expanded to a new space: a colorful, funky, Brazilian-sushi playhouse sprawled over three floors on Borgo Angelico in Prati. Step into another world- a colorful, tropical one with incredibly fresh fish. Like most Sushi restaurants it’s not cheap- rolls range from 10 to 15 Euro, but the portions are generous you will not leave hungry. Reservations are highly recommend (you can now book through their app) – we weren’t joking about the “cult-following.” What we love: tartare di salmao gostoso, Rio Bananal Roll and Carnaval roll. Feeling wild? Try the pineapple mint or acai Caipirinha.
São Brazilian Sushi Bar
Viale Aventino, 123 (Circo Massimo)
everyday from 7pm
Lovingly named after Brazil’s largest city, SÃO is the newest Brazilian-sushi fusion restaurant to open in the Eternal City. Head chefs Ayako Shimizu and Paulo Ricardo Souza Aires effortlessly blend their homelands’ flavors together, serving up rolls like the “Sertao”, pineapple tempura with shrimp, mayo, and yuzu tobiko; the “Energia do Brasil” with salmon, mango, lettuce, and spicy mayo; and the “Explosao”, composed of tuna, tuna tarta, coriander, cucumber, spicy sauce, and gazpacho. The restaurant is located on Viale Aventino, just down the street from Circo Massimo, and super busy on the weekends – make sure to reserve a table in advance!
Via Ofanto, 35 (Salario)
Sat- Sun 7pm – 12am
Mon – Thu 12 pm – 3pm, 7 pm – 12 pm
Cozy and off the beaten track, Manioka is one of the newest Brazilian Fusion spots to open in Rome. Staying true to the free-spirited nature of the Brazilian-Japanese Fusion spots, Manioka does its own thing and has its own specialty rolls with authentic ingredients: farofa, tenkasu and tapioca to name a few. The menu is unique in that it features a large selection of very fresh fish combinations that can be made into temaki, rolls or tartare. Must-try: Salamao Dragao tartare Copacabana roll, Caixas do Sul and one of their Sobremesas or desserts- we’re suckers for the Maracuja Cheesecake, but the Pudim di Manioka is also worth tasting; add a fresh mixed juices (we love the mint Pineapple one) or one of their Caipirinhas to get the full Manioka experience. Book ahead.