Oct 12, '20

My best Japanese spots in London

Chutoro sushi by Shinya Ikeda (Sunday Omakase at Yashin Ocean House)

Endo at The Rotunda 

Go for high end omakase. Kazutoshi Endo is also opening a new more casual place on Westbourne grove soon.

8th Floor, The Helios, Television Centre, 101 Wood Ln, Shepherd’s Bush, London W12 7FR, United Kingdom


By kaiseki master Yoshinori Ishii, who he has been running it for years. Love their sashimi, chirashi as well as other cooked dishes.

14-16 Bruton Pl, Mayfair, London W1J 6LX, United Kingdom

Yashin Ocean House

Its chef-owner Shinya Ikeda has started 6 seats Sundays omakase, where he showcases the best ingredients and his exquisite skills.

117, 119 Old Brompton Rd, South Kensington, London SW7 3RN, United Kingdom
+44 20 7373 3990


…where Café Japan’s sushi chef Fukushima-san has been cooking for the last few weeks (make sure to book when he is there). Still unclear if he is going to go back to Café Japan once it reopens in two weeks after the renovation works. 

23 Conduit St, Mayfair, London W1S 2XS, United Kingdom
+44 20 3826 4411

Dinings SW3 

Go for izakaya style contemporary Japanese by chef Masaki Sugisaki and for some of the best vibe in London.

Lennox Gardens Mews, Chelsea, London SW3 2JH, United Kingdom
+44 20 7723 0666

The Araki 

Go for high end omakase. Since Mitsuhiro Araki returned to Japan, his sous chef Marty Ryu is now running the place.

Unit 4, 12 New Burlington St, Mayfair, London W1S 3BF, United Kingdom
+44 20 7287 2481


The restaurant is run by Ryugin and Umu alumni Daisuke Shimoyama. Go for the tasting menu in the evening or more casual bento box for lunch.

Southbank Riverside, Belvedere Rd, London SE1 7PB, United Kingdom
+44 20 3802 0402


Old school Japanese institution in Mayfair reopening on the 2nd of November. 

30 Brook St, Mayfair, London W1K 5DJ, United Kingdom
+44 20 7629 2730

Kake SW3 

Sushi counter on the second floor of Chisou restaurant on Beachamp place. It is run by a young chef Jon Sho, who is definitely one to watch at the moment in the London sushi scene. 

1st Floor, 31 Beauchamp Pl, Chelsea, London SW3 1NU, United Kingdom
+44 20 7581 5257

Kurisu Omakase

Omakase by Chris Restrepo, young Thai- Colombian chef who has trained for years at his mother’s restaurant Ichiban Sushi Brixton as well as Tokyo sushi academy and now does omakases, fully booked until the end of the year.

58D Atlantic Rd, Brixton, London SW9 8PY, United Kingdom

Sushi Tetsu 

A small Japanese restaurant specialising in sushi and sashimi run by Nobu alumni chef Toru Takahashi and his wife.

12 Jerusalem Passage, Farringdon, London EC1V 4JP, United Kingdom
+44 20 3217 0090


Owned by Nobuhisa and Yuko Takahashi. The restaurant is still closed for dine-in service, but offers a takeaway.

228 Merton Rd, South Wimbledon, London SW19 1EQ, United Kingdom
+44 7592 564806


Great Iberian pork katsu sando.

Arcade Food Theatre, 101-103 Oxford St, West End, London WC1A 1DB, United Kingdom


Go for handmade Udon noodles and small plates.

10-12 Bloomberg Arcade, London EC4N 8AR, United Kingdom
50 Frith Street, London W1D 4SQ, United Kingdom

YOYO Kitchen

Japanese deli owned by chef Yoichi Iguchi, who previously worked at Mayfair’s Nobu. Deli/takeaway/canteen style restaurant offering affordable bento, sushi rolls and onigiri.

4 Station Parade, Noel Road, London W3 0DS, United Kingdom
+44 20 8992 1870


Small okonomiyaki place run by Abeno-ku from Osaka.

47 Museum St, Holborn, London WC1A 1LY, United Kingdom
+44 20 7405 3211

Happy Sky Bakery 

Japanese artisan bread and pastry shop. The “Tokyo milk loaf” is a must. 

94 Askew Rd, London W12 9BL, United Kingdom
+44 20 3490 1486

Minamoto Kitchoan 

Tokyo outpost for mochi, daifuku and other Japanese sweets.

44 Piccadeilly, London, W1J 0DS United Kingdom
+44 20 7437 3135

Lanka patisserie 

French-inspired pastry shop in Primrose Hill by pastry chef Masayuki Hara who came to London in the late 80s to work at Le Gavroche before opening his own shop.

9 Goldhurst Terrace, South Hampstead, London NW6 3HX, United Kingdom
+44 20 7625 3366

Wa Café

Japanese patisserie offering unique range of quintessentially Japanese breads and pastries.

Ealing Broadway – 32 Haven Green, Ealing, London, W5 2NX, United Kingdom
+44 20 8991 7855
Covent Garden – 5 New Row, London, WC2N 4LH, United Kingdom
+44 20 7240 5567

Monocle Café

Coffee and Japanese inspired bites by Monocle magazine.

18 Chiltern St, Marylebone, London W1U 7QA, United Kingdom
+44 20 7135 2040

Omotesando Koffee

Artisanal coffee shop from Tokyo.

8 Newman St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1PB, United Kingdom

Katsute 100

Japanese boutique and tea rooms. Matcha crepe cake is a must try.

100 Islington High St, The Angel, London N1 8EG, United Kingdom
+44 20 7354 8395


Dessert tea house specialising in everything matcha.

47 Rupert Street, London, England W1D7PD, United Kingdom
33 Newport Court, London, England WC2H7PQ, United Kingdom

Café Kitsune

A new Japanese/Nordic fusion place that just opened at The Pantechnicon. It offers Japanese inspired breakfast and fresh coffee.

Ground Floor, 19 Motcomb St, Belgravia, London SW1X 8LB, United Kingdom
+44 20 7034 5425

Sachi (opening in November)

Japanese restaurant at The Pantechnicon by Nancy Singleton Hachisu.

Ground Floor, 19 Motcomb St, Belgravia, London SW1X 8LB, United Kingdom
+44 20 7034 5425

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