Sushi Tetsu is considered the best sushi-ya in London and the hardest to get in. (At least for now, before Araki, a 9 seat sushi shop by 3 Michelin star chef from Tokyo opens later this fall.)
The seven seat counter restaurant is owned by a young man from Japan called Toru Takahashi and his wife Harumi. Before opening his own restaurant in 2012, he studied British history in Kobe and later worked at Nobu. Like many Japanese chefs, Toru is very hard on himself. You won’t distract him with your chatting at the moment he is focusing on his work. Finding top sushi quality ingredients is one of the main Toru and Harumi concerns, but they are doing a pretty good job for that. In fact, if only they had access to Tsukiji, Sushi Tetsu could compete with fine sushi restaurants in Tokyo itself. Squid sashimi with sea grapes and seared otoro sushi were the highlights of the meal.