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Tuna Tataki: A Delicate Californian/Japanese Fusion Entree

Innovative fusion dishes have been popular across many contemporary restaurants and menus since the late 1970’s.

Fusion cuisine combines elements of different culinary traditions, creating mouth-watering flavours as ingredients fuse together, flavours that often wouldn’t find themselves on the same plate.

‘Tataki’ means, ‘pounded’ or ‘hit into pieces’ in Japanese

The ‘Tatiki’ method of preparing fish is a traditional Japanese style of cooking in which the fish is seared very briefly over a hot flame or in a pan. The fish can be marinated slightly in vinegar, thinly sliced and seasoned with ginger. The ginger can be ground or pounded into a paste, hence the name of the dish.

Food prepared this way, can be complimented with a dark soy sauce, and garnishes such as a sashimi.

Every beautiful dish relies on the finest ingredients, both for flavour, texture, and presentation. As you can see from the photograph, this dish not only makes the palate moisten with anticipation, but also pleases the eyes with its rich colours, and varied ingredients.

So, let’s take a look at the ingredients!


Sashimi grade tuna has a beautiful taste and texture, try and purchase some sushi grade tuna and slice it nice and thin, so that it can be easily seared and pounded gently with seasoning. This lets the fleshy meat absorb and hold delicious tastes and flavours.

Edamame Salad:

Tasting similar to white beans, Edamame beans are a great source of protein for those who are vegan or vegetarian, living off plant based diets. They are low in calories and add a wonderful texture to both Asian and fusion dishes.

These soybeans are harvested when they are still young. They are cooked by either boiling or steaming for around 5 minutes and are usually lightly salted before serving.

These beans have been popular in many superfood dishes over the last decade, making them a healthy option for many millennials and health conscious individuals.

For the salad you can use watercress or sugar snap peas, any green and leafy salad items to flesh out the dish and give it crunch, colour and character. You may also add a little bit of onion if you wish to, this will add more depth to the flavour of the dish.

Lime Wasabi Mayo:

Tataki dishes often use a citrus based dressing in order to compliment the fish and vegetable flavours in this fusion delight.

This can be made by mixing mayonnaise, lime juice, coriander, and wasabi paste. The wasabi paste gives the mayonnaise a wonder kick, with the lime juice neutralising the spice and creating a rich flavour. This flavour really compliments the tuna and garnishes the salad delightfully.

Edamame Dressing:

To make this delicious dressing simply mix soy sauce, water, rice wine vinegar, brown sugar, and red pepper flakes. This is a beautiful Asian blend and adds wonderful character to this entrée.

Edible Flowers:

Edible flowers are a great visual addition to any salad based fusion dish. They can add flavours of liquorice, tarragon, and citrus to a dish. They are also aesthetically pleasing, making dishes more colourful and eye catching.

Sliced Radish:

Radishes add a peppery, eye wateringly spicy kick to this wonderful dish. Radishes are crunchy edible roots that can change the flavour of a mouthful in a matter of seconds. They compliment all the garnishes and ingredients of this dish.

Add micro herbs to this dish to compliment the flavour and add more to the palate.

What is your favourite type of fusion food? What is your favourite Japanese dish?

Feel free to comment!

Breakfast/ Desserts/ Event

Cacao: Bespoke Catering-Fine Dining and Event Management London/U. K

At Cacao catering we offer bespoke fine dining and event management/curation services throughout London and across the U.K.

No matter what your budgetary constraints are, we will listen to your needs and offer the finest experience and cuisine for both you and your guests, managing your money efficiently.

Our team is compiled of industry experts, with over a decade of professional catering and event management experience between them.

Our menus are curated by a team of top tier chef’s. Simply tell us the style of cuisine/menu that you and your guests require… We will create a variety of options, perfecting your entrée’s, mains, and deserts to a tee, with your input/feedback on our choices being paramount every step of the way.

We understand that whatever the occasion, this is ‘YOUR’ event! This is important to you and your guests. It’s also incredibly important to us!

We have a stellar reputation across London and the U.K, and we live up to it, time and time again! Working tirelessly to ensure that you have the most amazing experience available for your special occasion or corporate event.

We pull all the strings so that your guests can relax, laugh, eat, dance, talk, learn, and enjoy!

It could be your wedding day, for most people, the most important day of your life!

It has to be perfect! From the colour scheme, down to the minute details, such as the cutlery layout, named place cards, flowers, music, entertainment, décor… Whatever you need, nothing is impossible!

Excellent service, and a desire to excel as we create bespoke events tied to individual requirements makes us a leader in the London/U. K fine dining and events industry.

We cater for all types of event, events such as weddings, bat mitzvah, bar mitzvah, anniversaries, dinners, brunches, private functions, and corporate events.

We take care of every aspect of every type of event, so that you can relax in the hands of seasoned professionals.

We have a fantastic background in the events and catering industry, known for being highly professional and sourcing our staff for each event with a fine-tooth comb!

So, whether it’s a small boutique type event that will host just ten people, or a wedding that will cater for 500 people… We will create the perfect event, listening and adhering to your every need.

We have affiliations with top venues across the country.

Our team is managed by a classically trained chef with a Michelin background and a long history in professional event management around London. We create dishes that will leave your guests astounded, content, and hungry for more.

Call us or email anytime to discuss your needs, budget, and desires.

We will get back to you after a quick consultation, telling you exactly what we can offer you in and around your requirements.


“Kushan and his team made our wedding party one of the most incredible experiences of our lives. From the word go, they listened, suggested, created, and perfected everything that we needed. All of the guests were lost for words at the originality and efficiency, with great food, friendly staff and a beautiful day” – Elizabeth Fraser-Haynes

“We needed a corporate dinner which would springboard potential investments from a plethora of guests we invited from around the world. Marthelis liaised with the venue that we had in mind, and created a mouth watering menu and a warming yet professional atmosphere. Their suggestions and personal touches made the event a fantastic success.” – Henry Sager