Japaneiro's is a cuisine categorized by the uniting of Japanese and Latin. I took an opportunity to drop by Japaneiro's during their happy hour as I had not been in quite some time. Not too long ago, I had to deal with a weekly craving of their shrimp dumplings! After my short stint away, it was time to come back home.
Typically when I visit Japaneiro's, I start with a Philadelphia Roll and the crazy tasty Shrimp Dumplings! Today was no different. I have been there over a dozen times and I have yet to skip on my fave. If you go, you must try them. Quite honestly...it boils down to the peanut (dipping) sauce. Now, I have tried various peanut sauces in my day but this one is not dry to the palette and has a bit of sweetness that puts this sauce in my top 3. Yes, my top three! With that said, I have often wondered how else I could use this sauce. Then, I began to think of dishes that have gone completely wrong because they have been covered in Japaneiro's peanut sauce! Entering reality...sometimes a sauce is just great with the provided pairing. There is no need to come up with your own...lol! I just slapped my hand and deducted points for bad foodie behavior. SMH...you can ruin a perfectly good dish that way.
For their drinks, their margaritas are pretty good too. I got about half way through one and felt a little tingle running alongside my forehead! Yep...clear indication that you’ve got a hold of a good one. That’s takes me to another side note...a great margarita does not have to be too strong and must still taste like a margarita. If you are a margarita fan as I am...you understand this. For appetizers, the Shrimp Tempura (classic) and the Avocado Cream soup are a must. For dinner, it is a tie between their Churrasco steak and the Blackened Sea Bass. The sea bass comes with black beans and an island salad, but I always exchange the salad for their fresh green vegetable of the evening; either the asparagus or broccoli. Both are very fresh and seasoned just right.
Now Japaneiro’s is the first restaurant that I have seen to attempt the Sushi and Latin fusion and be very successful at it. I love the concept. The freshness of Japanese cuisine mixed with the burst of flavors found in Latin cuisine...such a great match. The sushi is great... and the Shaggy Dog is worth a mention. Don't forget to drop by Japaneiro's for happy hour. There are several dishes that I enjoy here. They have a ton of specials (too many to list) from food to cocktails, beer, and wine. A few of their rolls are $7, cocktails and wine are $5 and beer starts at $2. Most of the food items are $5. Happy hour is from 3-6 p.m. every day. Enjoy!
~ Urban Swank, Shanna "Urban Girl" Jones
Shanna's passions are centered around her love for exploring new destinations, restaurants, and being ahead of the "know". Although she is not professionally versed in the in's and out's of the kitchen, she surely knows her way around it! In summary, she is a true foodie at heart and a travel expert by trade.
Shanna is the co-founder and editor of Urban Swank. She focuses on food and travel.