Known for being at the forefront of Sri Lanka’s culinary scene and for its dedication to serving fresh produce, Nihonbashi is a restaurant with an international mindset. Founded 21 years ago by Dharshan Munidasa who is of mixed Japanese and Sri Lankan heritage, the restaurant has not only served consistently excellent authentic Japanese food, but has continued to go from strength to strength. It is for these high standards, and its determination to push the envelope that Nihonbashi has garnered international attention over the past few years, becoming one of two Sri Lankan restaurants (the second being Ministry of Crab, Dharshan’s second venture) to be ranked on “Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants”, for four consecutive years.
In a country where too often restaurants are happy to imitate a pre-existing model, Nihonbashi has always tried to do something a little less conventional. What is more the restaurant is determined not just to be a leader within the island, but overseas as well. This is evident in its dedication to procuring only the highest quality ingredients. Nihonbashi intercepts Japan grade export tuna (European grade tuna not being of sufficient quality) before it is sent to the famous Tsukiji fish market in Japan, a fact which has drawn the attention of Hong Kong’s Crave magazine. The restaurant’s commitment to using locally sourced ingredients to as great an extent as possible has also lead to its being featured in The Financial Times. As well as ensuring the freshness of the ingredients, locally sourcing produce also serves to reduce the restaurant’s carbon print, a fact of which, Nihonbashi as an environmentally responsible restaurant, is proud. Nihonbashi’s commitment to freshness and quality in preparation of the best Japanese food in Sri Lanka also led to an appearance on TV Tokyo’s Nippon Shokudo documentary in 2011.
Not only does Nihonbashi provide authentically prepared Japanese classics, but also pushes the envelope to create new and exciting dishes and combinations of flavours. The Karapincha Tempura is one of many dishes unique to Nihonbashi. It exemplifies the bridging of two cultures signified in the restaurant’s name (Nihonbashi means ‘Japan Bridge’) in taking Sri Lanka’s traditional curry leaf and frying it in a typically Japanese tempura batter.
Cutting edge not only in terms of the food it serves, the restaurant was featured in the Forbes Magazine for being among the first in the world to get an iPad menu. The iPad’s high-quality display is used to provide diner’s with a visual of what they will be ordering, useful in a Japanese restaurant where diners may not be familiar with all the dishes. The restaurant’s wine list is also featured on the iPad, and guests find that it is easier to choose their favourite bottle of wine when they can see a visual representation such as the label.
The dining options at Nihonbashi are many, from small plates to 10 Course dinner set menus, and there is something to appeal to everyone. With its seven private dining rooms the restaurant is perfect for business dinners, couples, families with children, and foodies.
For cutting edge cuisine, the freshest ingredients and innovative dishes exclusive to the restaurant, Nihonbashi is definitely worth a visit.
Nihonbashi is open Daily for Lunch and Dinner.
Price for Lunch is USD12 upwards per person, and dinner is USD25 per person.
Nihonbashi is located at No. 11,
Galle Face Terrace, Colombo 3, Sri Lanka. T
Open daily for lunch from 12 noon to 2.30pm and for dinner from 6.00pm to 10.30pm.
For more information or to make a reservation, contact