17 September 2018
Of all of the cuisines available in London—sushi is arguably the most challenging to prepare. Sushi chefs are trained for years to cut fish, create umami flavours and refine the process for different ingredients. They take pieces of raw fish, fresh wasabi and turn them into flavours galore. Occasionally, they steer off the traditional route and make the menu fusion. That's why in London, the sushi is regarded as some of the best outside of Tokyo. After careful deliberation, here is Haute Girls London’s shortlist of the best sushi establishments in London to try this September.
Sticks N Sushi, 11 Henrietta St, London WC2E 8PY
From the outside of the restaurant, there is no clue as to the innovative fusion of Danish and Japanese dishes. A glance of the mouthwatering menu will tell you that this is not a conventional sushi venue, nor strictly Danish dining. The name Sticks is due to the wide selection of yakitori skewer sticks. These protein rich sticks of meat are prepared with fusion Japanese ingredients and presented in a wonderfully photogenic style.There is something for everyone, especially carnivores with a craving for fish. Don’t forget to try their comfort food bowls which is a mixture of complementary flavours and textures.
Mai Sushi, 36-38 Chalton St, Kings Cross, London NW1 1JB
Simplicity is the key to Mai Sushi’s success-and high quality dishes. Here, you can enjoy sashimi, sushi, a selection of handmade noodles, Japanese wines and bento. Try the sushi boat if the thought of savouring a variety of fish floats your boat. Located close to Euston Station, Mai Sushi is very popular with commuters and the weekdays are busy around dinner time.
ROKA Charlotte Street, 37 Charlotte St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1RR
ROKA has a reputation for being trendy and contemporary. Which is to say, you will find innovative Japanese sushi rather than the uber traditional sashimi. There is an open grill to show the chefs cooking your dishes and the ambience is definitely cool. The perfect choice for a date or just to satisfy your fish and poke bowl cravings.
SushiSamba, 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY
A fun fusion of Peruvian and Japanese cuisine is not the only factor to secure Sushi Samba’s success. The venue is located on the 38th floor of the Heron Tower, offering a panoramic view of London City. On top of this, the food quality is impeccably good-making it a popular choice for city professionals and people wanting a venue to celebrate. Try the Empress Omakase which consists of Wagyu gyoza, el topo and seabass tempura.
Sushi Tetsu, 12 Jerusalem Passage, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 4JP
One of the smallest Sushi restaurants in London but by no means the least popular. This venue is so highly in demand, reservation for a seat at the 7 people sushi bar requires waiting for months. Once you try the omakase, the wait suddenly makes sense; fresh sashimi and sushi is prepared in front of you and you are educated about the flavours/ingredients of every dish.
Sake No Hana, 23 St James's St, St. James's, London SW1A 1HA
If you have a craving for fine Japanese dining near St James, Sake No Hana is the first place that comes to mind. The interior is sleek and modern, much like the other restaurant Hakkasan under the same management. What makes Sake No Hana special is the consistency of the food quality and signature dishes, such as Chilean sea bass with champagne yuzu miso sauce, fatty tuna tartare with caviar and Alaskan King crab.
Maze Grill Mayfair, Marriott Hotel, 10-13 Grosvenor Square, London W1K 6JP
Gordon Ramsay's sophisticated grill restaurant is a celebration of Japanese ingredients served with an European twist. Sushi and sashimi purists may be hesitant to try the wagyu nigiri selection but rest assured everything is prepared with care and flavour in mind. Steak lovers will have the night of their lives with Japanese wagyu beef. Located in the heart of Mayfair, Maze grill has a distinctly upmarket ambience perfect for special dates.
Cube Japanese Tapas, 4 Blenheim St, Mayfair, London W1S 1LB
Tapas and Japanese cuisine is the perfect marriage of flavours at Cube Japanese Tapas. As the name suggests, it is not strictly Japanese and the flavours lean on the bolder side. Try the food bento which gives you a sublime taster of the fresh ingredients and creativity involved. The Chef’s omakase serves up delights such as simmered tristan lobster and seabass sashimi.
Yashin Sushi, 1A Argyll Rd, Kensington, London W8 7DB
Famous for its experimental a la carte menu, Yashin is the place to go for innovative Sushi in West London. From the moment you walk inside, you are aware of how serious the chefs are about the freshness and quality of their ingredients. Every dish is full of flavour and somehow still authentic to the Sushi spirit; try the fresh tuna tartare and truffle infused Ponzu jelly. If you are feeling brave, try their sashimi without soy sauce-it may change your way of enjoying sushi forever!
Chisou Sushi Counter, 3 Princes St, Mayfair, London W1B 2LE
Reliable, great service and delicious offerings from an authentic Japanese menu, Chisou always delights and saves the day when you want something satisfying. Here, you can find comfort Japanese food galore-warming broths, ramen and other dishes rich in umami flavours.
Ikeda, 30 Brook Street, Mayfair, London W1K 5DJ
When Ikeda opened its doors in upmarket Mayfair, the concept was to stay true to Sushi, sashimi and fresh ingredients. It is simple, classy and always great-something that ensures its longevity in the Mayfair high end dining scene.
Ginza Onodera, 15 Bury St, St. James's, London SW1Y 6AL
Specialising in Teppanyaki grill dishes, Ginza Onodera is a great place for quality Japanese cuisine with all the classics such as sashimi and ramen making appearances on the menu. Not to be missed if you are exploring St James area of London and hankering for fresh Sushi.
Defune, 34 George St, Marylebone, London W1U 7DP
Defune is thriving after 20 years in business-what could be its success? This elegant Japanese restaurant has a reputation for quality and impeccable service. One of the best Sushi restaurants outside of Tokyo. Not to distract from the quality of the ingredients, the decor is very simple and neutral in design.
Araki, Unit 4, 12 New Burlington St, London W1S 3BF
Renowned sushi Chef Mitsuhiro Araki offers a gastronomic experience that is unlike anything else in London. Here, a trained and creative Sushi chef recreates flavours that exceed your expectations, all within an intimate space that feels very refined and zen. Without missing a beat, raw fish and rice is molded into perfect sushi balls of delight right before your very eyes.
Zuma, 5 Raphael St, Knightsbridge, London SW7 1DL
For many years, Zuma has been the place to go to for fusion Japanese fare in Knightsbridge. This contemporary venue has a busy robata grill, Sushi counter and attracts the well heeled crowd like no other. Even today, everyone raves about the steamed black cod and selection of high end spirits. Be prepared to wait for a table as the place is almost always fully booked up
Kiku, 17 Half Moon St, Mayfair, London W1J 7BE
When Kiku opened its doors in Mayfair 35 years ago, the ethos was to bring authentic Japanese cuisine to sophisticated Londoners. Today, it carries on this tradition within a venue that looks deceptively simple. Many of the patrons are Japanese and the staff are impeccably trained. The dishes are full of complex flavours-here, you can enjoy the best shabu shabu in London, seasonal nigiri and sashimi.
Aqua Kyoto, 5th Floor, 240 Regent Street, (Entrance 30 Argyll St, W1F 7EB, London W1B 3BR
Providing a jaw dropping view on a rooftop, Aqua Kyoto is a trendy place to enjoy Sushi and cocktails. Strictly Pan Asian with Japanese influences, this place made it into our shortlist for the freshly made Sushi. You will be delighted with the Charcoal grill which adds bold flavours to an otherwise subtle menu.
Nobu, 15 Berkeley St, Mayfair, London W1J 8DY
Synonymous with Japanese cuisine in London, Nobu is the favourite place for glamorous jet setters, movers and shakers with a craving for something exotic. The sushi and hibachi grill table is an exceptional concept that brings umami flavours to discerning diners. Try their elegant donburi bowls for Japanese flavour heaven-although busy, the service never fails to delight.
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