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A Culinary Journey through Marbella: Exploring the City's Best Japanese Restaurants

We at Marbslifestyle.com simply love the Japanese kitchen We at Marbslifestyle.com simply love the Japanese kitchenWith this guide, we aim to introduce you to some of the city's top Japanese restaurants, from traditional sushi houses to innovative fusion eateries. Each restaurant we feature offers a unique experience, blending the delicate, sophisticated flavors of Japanese cuisine with Marbella's distinctive ambience.

Our team at MarbsLifestyle.com has personally visited and sampled the culinary delights of each restaurant, so you can trust our recommendations. We've considered factors like the quality of ingredients, authenticity of dishes, customer service, atmosphere, and of course, the all-important taste.

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Introduction

Among the many cuisines available, Japanese cuisine has gained popularity in Marbella, offering locals and tourists alike a unique and delicious dining experience. With a plethora of Japanese restaurants to choose from, we have narrowed down the top 6 Japanese restaurants in Marbella for you to explore. So, let's dig in!

Nintai

If you're seeking an authentic Japanese experience, Nintai is a must-visit. Nestled in a charming corner of Marbella's Golden Mile, Nintai is a traditional Japanese restaurant renowned for its commitment to using only the freshest, highest-quality ingredients. From classic sushi and sashimi to flavorful ramen and yakitori, Nintai offers a diverse selection of traditional Japanese dishes that are sure to impress. 

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The tranquil ambiance, attentive service, and exceptional flavours combine to make Nintai a top choice for connoisseurs of Japanese cuisine. And don't miss their unexpected yet delightful desserts, which add a sweet finale to your meal. To top it off, Nintai boasts one of the best sake menus in Spain, making it the perfect place to savour the full spectrum of Japanese flavours and culture.

Tomodachi Marbella

Let's talk about a little gem we've discovered nestled in Nueva Andalucía: Tomodachi Marbella. Our love for Japanese cuisine is no secret, and this place simply blew us away!

Tomodachi presents a tantalizing fusion of Japanese tradition with a South American twist, expertly crafting dishes using the Robatayaki grill - Japan's answer to the Western-style barbecue. Just imagine succulent skewered meat and veggies slow-cooked to perfection over charcoal, their irresistible aroma filling the air!

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The restaurant is divided into two areas. Inside, you'll find a cozy, intimate space, perfect for a relaxing dining experience. If you prefer the breeze and the buzz, head outdoors to their sushi bar, offering fresh sushi rolls alongside chilled drinks in a lively atmosphere.

We couldn't recommend Tomodachi more! Each bite of their tempura prawn or ceviche sushi roll is a culinary delight, a perfect balance of Japanese precision and South American zest.

So, when in Nueva Andalucía, don't miss out on this hidden treasure. We promise you, Tomodachi Marbella is a 'friend' you'll want to visit over and over again!

Until next time, you'll find us basking under the Marbella sun, savoring the delectable fusion flavors at Tomodachi.

Ta-Kumi

Located in the heart of Marbella's old town, Ta-Kumi is a hidden gem that promises an authentic Japanese dining experience. With its minimalist decor and intimate ambiance, Ta-Kumi offers an extensive menu featuring traditional Japanese dishes such as sushi, sashimi, tempura, and teppanyaki. 

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The quality of the ingredients used at Ta-Kumi is exceptional, and the skilled chefs create culinary masterpieces right in front of your eyes. Don't miss their signature dish, the tempura California roll filled with prawns and green asparagus, which is a delightful fusion of flavours that will leave your taste buds craving for more.

Kemuri

If you're on the hunt for a modern twist on traditional Japanese cuisine, you'll find your answer in Kemuri. This restaurant, tucked away in the stylish Puento Romano Beach Resort, offers an enchanting fusion of Japanese and Mediterranean tastes, all served in an uber-cool and contemporary setting. As a food lover, you'll be mesmerized by Kemuri's imaginative selection of sushi rolls, robata-grilled specials, and inventive cocktail mixes.

Dani Garcia's Kemuri isn't just another restaurant; it's a fresh, unparalleled dining experience situated in the vibrant heart of Puente Romano. The intimate setup, featuring a mere 14 seats, promises an exclusive dining experience where the gastronomic magic happens right before your eyes. It's an ideal venue for special events or group dining, offering a remarkable culinary tour through the essence of Japanese cuisine.

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You'll be greeted with a meticulously handcrafted tasting menu, with delightful surprises waiting for you at every turn. Kemuri is more than worth a visit - with its exceptional dishes and a unique experience that stands out from the rest, it's a journey you wouldn't want to miss. The cost of this exquisite experience stands at €135,- per person.

Dive into the world of omakase, a culinary practice that translates to 'trust in the chef'. This phrase serves as your invitation to take a seat at the restaurant bar and let yourself be guided by the chef's expert hand, as they prepare dishes they believe you'll savor. Everything is prepared using high-quality, seasonal produce - a nod to the exquisite Japanese tradition that Dani García has passionately preserved in Kemuri, aiming to surprise and delight each and every guest.

99 Sushi Bar Marbella

Nestled at the core of Villa Padierna Resort, we at MarbsLifestyle proudly recommend 99 Sushi Bar Marbella, a place renowned for its meticulous presentation and keen eye for detail. This elegant dining haven provides an unmatched culinary journey, blending timeless Japanese tastes with cutting-edge gastronomic approaches.

When it comes to sushi and sashimi, 99 Sushi Bar Marbella is truly a master of the craft. Each piece is expertly prepared, providing a feast not only for the palate but also for the eyes. Its stylish ambience, flawless service, and superior ingredient quality position 99 Sushi Bar Marbella as a leading contender for the title of Marbella's finest Japanese eatery.

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The restaurant’s layout includes a spacious main dining area that seats 45, a granite sushi bar offering a live display of the sushi chef's artistry, and an intimate private room with space for up to 12 guests. As an added touch, the establishment boasts an inviting terrace and lounge bar.

The menu at 99 Sushi Bar pledges allegiance to the beautiful fusion of classic Japanese cuisine and avant-garde influences. Among the restaurant's signature dishes are the free-range chicken gyozas, served with a rich saffron glaze, toasted almonds, and tangy passion fruit jelly; a variety of both cold and warm nigiri, and succulent tiger prawn tempura.

At MarbsLifestyle, we invite you to experience this culinary gem in the heart of Marbella.

Tahini

Located along the coveted Golden Mile, Tahini is more than just a Japanese restaurant - it's a sublime gastronomical journey. Immerse yourself in an elegantly sophisticated ambiance that seamlessly blends the best of classic and contemporary Japanese cuisine.

As you step into Tahini, you'll feel an enveloping serenity, echoing the tranquility of the distant Mediterranean Sea, whose stunning views add to the restaurant's allure. The menu is an enticing array of sushi, sashimi, and grilled dishes, prepared with the utmost freshness that Mother Nature offers. We urge you not to pass on their imaginative sushi rolls, a testament to the culinary creativity that resides within Tahini's kitchen.

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Not just a restaurant, Tahini is a delightful experience that impresses both locals and visitors alike with its unswerving quality. Each dish is a labor of love, clearly evident in the exquisite taste and presentation that greet you every time.

Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, Tahini continually stands as a top choice for anyone yearning for an elevated Japanese dining experience. And here's the cherry on top: Tahini provides a brilliant takeaway service. Now, you can savor your favorite Japanese dishes from Tahini in the warm comfort of your home, villa, or apartment. Enjoy the spirit of the Golden Mile, right on your own dinner table.

Nobu

Last but certainly not least, we couldn't overlook Nobu, a culinary titan that has left an indelible impression in Marbella. Nestled in the sumptuous Puente Romano resort, Nobu presents a refined dining setting marked by its polished design and modern atmosphere. The restaurant's menu brings together a blend of Japanese and Peruvian tastes, offering standout dishes like Black Cod Miso, Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeno, and Wagyu Beef Tataki. The exquisite craftsmanship and innovative flavour combinations at Nobu are truly incomparable, establishing it as a prime spot for those pursuing a premier Japanese dining journey. Nobu Marbella lives up to the global brand's reputation.

Positioned within La Plaza, a lively, upscale culinary haven at the core of the Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa, Nobu Marbella introduces a varied menu comprising both timeless favourites and fresh seasonal offerings. The seafood offerings are undoubtedly remarkable, mirroring the enduring influence of Japan's culinary culture on Peruvian gastronomy for over a century, resulting in the vibrant New Style Japanese cuisine that Nobu champions.

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ositioned within La Plaza, a lively, upscale culinary haven at the core of the Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa, Nobu Marbella introduces a varied menu comprising both timeless favourites and fresh seasonal offerings. The seafood offerings are undoubtedly remarkable, mirroring the enduring influence of Japan's culinary culture on Peruvian gastronomy for over a century, resulting in the vibrant New Style Japanese cuisine that Nobu champions.

The recently inaugurated Nobu Marbella is an eye-catcher, courtesy of Jean-Pierre Martel's stunning interiors crafted using premium natural materials, which echo contemporary design's clean and balanced aesthetics. The choice Beef Tenderloin with Wasabi Salsa & Ponzu from the Omakase Menu was a standout.

Among the evening's highlights was the roasted duck breast with wasabi salsa, a small portion of flawlessly cooked, succulent duck bursting with the contrasting flavours of spice and sweetness, easily earning it the title of favourite dish.

For dessert lovers, Nobu offers tantalizing options such as the Nobu cheesecake, passion fruit brulée, and seasonal delights like the fruit crumble, all part of the Omakase menu.

Conclusion

Marbella is a true culinary haven, and its Japanese restaurants are a testament to the city's diverse and thriving food scene. From traditional to contemporary, each of the top 7 Japanese restaurants in Marbella offers a unique dining experience with their exceptional flavours, attentive service, and inviting ambiance. Whether you're a sushi aficionado or simply looking to explore the rich flavours of Japanese cuisine, these restaurants are sure to tantalise your taste buds and leave you with unforgettable memories. So, the next time you find yourself in Marbella, make sure to check out these top Japanese restaurants and embark on a gastronomic journey like no other.