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Best Nikkei Gastronomy In Medellin: New Restaurant “Oni” Takes the Lead


The new best restaurant in Medellín is called Oni, a Nikkei restaurant located in the vibrant Wake building in Medellín.

The restaurant Oni has the best Nikkei food that fuses both Japanese and Peruvian flavors. It is located in one of the trendiest places and it is very accessible.

Oni opened in 2023, it is part of the “Sinmente ” group, a company that owns a lot of trending restaurants, bars, and clubs in Medellin at the moment. It is located in one of the most popular zones of the city, Provenza, but it is located on the first floor of the modern and recently built Wake building which has a lot of other restaurants.

“The flavors and combinations in the plates make them and the menu unique. The ambiance and location is nice, and the whole concept of the restaurant and experience is different from all the other sushi/ Nikkei places.” – Catalina Jimenez

Oni has unique and inventive flavor combinations, setting its plates and menu apart from any restaurant with a similar type of food. The ambiance and prime location enhance the overall dining experience. The whole innovative concept distinguishes it from typical sushi/Nikkei establishments.

However, the uniqueness may not appeal to those seeking traditional flavors. Some combinations might find the innovative approach too experimental, for example, they have truffle nigiri, which may not be every person’s type. Despite this, the restaurant’s commitment to a distinct dining adventure remains a compelling draw for those seeking culinary innovation.

At Oni, the extensive menu caters to all beverage preferences, offering an open variety from cocktails to a wide selection of sodas and wines. The focal point of their culinary offerings lies in the open selection of high-quality seafood, prepared in various ways by their chefs. From the artful presentations of sushi and nigiri to the refreshing bursts of flavor in ceviche, each dish reflects a commitment to excellence. For those looking to share the experience, Oni’s plates provide many options, with prices varying to accommodate diverse preferences and budgets.

“The menu is varied and has good prices that are worth the quality of the food. Some dishes are expensive, but they adapted to the prices in the city after inflation and touristification,” Catalina Jimenez, a customer, said.

One of the most important and attractive things about places is their location. ONI has an easily accessible location that provides ample parking options, either outside or within the building. Notably, people with Fly Pass enjoy an easier way to pay for parking, enhancing the overall experience. Whether you arrive by car or prefer public transit, the location ensures a good experience.

“The location is easy to find and very accessible. There are parking spots available outside or in the building, which I parked on, you get direct access to the elevator that takes you to the restaurant. You don’t need to pay if you have a fly pass. I found everything to be very good,” Andrea Soto, customer, said.

Regular clients find ONI to have a service that consistently stands out. The waitstaff’s amiability and promptness have become defining features, ensuring that guests are not kept waiting excessively for their flavorful dishes.

The consistently positive attitude of the team contributes to an exceptional dining experience.

“I visit this restaurant frequently because I consider it to be the best Nikkei food place in Medellín, the service has always been the best. The waiters are very nice, and you don’t need to wait forever for the food to arrive. A standout moment was when without telling the waiter it was my birthday, they saw we were celebrating something and brought us a free dessert. They always have the best attitude,” Veronica Urrego, costumer, said.

In conclusion, Oni stands out not only for its inventive menu, diverse beverage selection, and high-quality seafood presentations but also for its exceptional service. Without hesitation, if you live or visit Medellin you should not miss this treasure. This restaurant promises not just a meal but an unforgettable experience that sets it apart from the rest. Don’t miss the opportunity to indulge in the best of Nikkei cuisine with exceptional service.

“I would recommend anything, but my favorite is the edamame and the lobster roll,” Catalina Jimenez and Juana Upegui customers, said.