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Los Cabos Magazine #43

Francisco Estrada (2) Nick-San has two locations in Los Cabos. At each, you can find, from left: tartare with jicama (fresh fish and jicama chips with a citrus vinaigrette) and the Shiromi cake (smoked rice, fresh fish, avocado, and spicy sauce). Nick-San Cabo San Lucas On a recent visit to Nick-San in downtown Cabo San Lucas, we were surprised to learn it was celebrating its 21st anniversary. The now iconic restaurant owes much of its success to the constant innovation of chef Angel Carbajal, who on our visit prepared us special dishes of caviar and toro served with a fresh wasabi and yuzu oil, as well as a mirugai (Japanese clam) served sashimi style with arugula, mustard, and wasabi. The 90 Los Cabos Magazine | Spring 2016 next dish was a mirugai sautéed with miso and butter, smoked soy sauce, and sesame oil. The flavors were extraordinary. The perfect partnering for this was the Dassai Junmai Dai Ginjyo sake, with a delicate fruity aroma and refined flavor. This was definitely a culinary experience to remember. We went back three days later, and we ordered the usual dishes that we love so much: maguro lime roll, hamachi curry sashimi, fresh oysters from Baja, and the new roll made with calamari and shrimp, avocado, and soy paper and served with a mustard and ume sauce. For our main dish, we had a tasteful sambal lobster. As on most previous visits, we had the house wines with all of these dishes: the Sauvignon Blanc and the Nick-San red blend (cabernet, merlot, and cabernet franc), These are the perfect pairings for what we ordered. This time we finished our dinner in a different way, with sparkling sake, which had a subtle sweet flavor, a perfect substitute to dessert when you eat as much as we did this time. We continue to highly recommend you to visit Nick- San Cabo, which was named one of the best 120 restaurants in México by the 2015 Pellegrino Guide. Boulevard Marina L10–L2, Plaza de la Danza, Cabo San Lucas, (624) 143-2491, www.nicksan.com. Daily 11:30 a.m.–10:30 p.m. (One hour free parking available at adjacent Tesoro resort). Discover, MasterCard, Visa, and vouchers accepted. $$–$$$$ Nick-San Palmilla We visited Nick-San Palmilla on a Tuesday night and happily discovered it was Jazz Night. Though we had planned on a more traditional dinner of sushi and Mexican-Japanese fusion, we ended up spending the night under the stars while live jazz music played and we enjoyed delicious creations from chef-owner Angel Carbajal and his team. For about a year, Nick-San and its Garden—a special garden area with the most charming ambience—have hosted several themed nights with live music. We started with a Champagne cocktail from the Champagne Bar at the Garden to get ourselves into the ambience. The chef sent an amuse bouche of white


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