Oct 12, '20

My best Japanese spots in London

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

Endo at The Rotunda 

The Michelin-starred spot for high end omakase, by sushi master Kazutoshi Endo. A perfect combination of the traditional mastery of otsu and a London fine-dining vibe. I go for the evening tasting menu and don’t hesitate to reserve my place at the 400-year-old Hinoki bar counter located in the restaurant, for a unique cocktail created with speciality Japanese ingredients. 

Must try: evening tasting menu.

During quarantine: Closed.

Umu

Artistically presented, refined Japanese dishes with wine and sake. I like their sashimi, chirashi as well as other cooked dishes. I love Umu for its great quality. An artful experience.

During quarantine: closed.

Yashin Ocean House

One of the best sushi chefs in London, owner Shinya Ikeda showcases the best ingredients and his exquisite skills. Elegant, playful. I love this place for it’s intimacy and personal touch.

During quarantine: open for takeaway and delivery.

Tokimeite

Tokimeite belongs to Atari-ya group,  fish-supplier to the best Japanese restaurants in London. The infamous sushi-chef most often found at Café Japan (also belonging to the Atari-ya group) Fukushima-san has been recently cooking at Tokimeite, he is, in my opinion, one of the best sushi masters in Europe. Whether when he is at Tokimeite or at Cafe Japan, book when he is there. One of his specialities is an “otsumami”, luxury starters box, which you have to book in advance. 

Must try: the inverse scallop sushi.

During quarantine: The restaurant is offering La Mer dining experience by Chef Alex Dilling at home. Inquiries reservations@tokimeite.com

Dinings SW3

Owned by the same owner as Tel Aviv’s best hotel The Norman: A relatively small, sexy and cosy izakaya-style restaurant in Knightsbridge. Chef Masaki Sugisaki used traditional techniques to create modern, sometimes fusion dishes (ask him what his real specialities are ;-).

During quarantine: Delivery via their website and Supper. 

Order at:
DIRECTSUPPER

The Araki

This sushi shop by legendary master Mitsuhiro Araki was the first in London to gain 3-Michelin stars, lost since his return to Japan.  But quality remains high thanks to sous-chef Marty Ryu who is now successfully running the place.

During quarantine: closed.

Hannah

The restaurant is run by Ryugin and Umu-alumni Daisuke Shimoyama, who opened his own restaurant 3 years ago. With tasting menus in the evening or a more casual bento box for lunch, Shimoyama san specializes in Wagyu dishes such as excellent Wagyu ramen or Wagyu rice.

During quarantine: takeaway and delivery.

Order at:
DELIVEROO

Ikeda

An old-school Japanese institution in Mayfair. Traditional izakaya style fare is cooked behind the counter in front of you. Here you can have anything from sashimi to grilled pork belly with miso and garlic.

During quarantine: delivery.

Order at:
UBER EATS

Kake SW3

Small sushi counter on the second floor of Chisou restaurant on Beachamp place. Two chefs work to prepare unique daily menus for their sushi tasting course and the full omakase course services. 

During quarantine: delivery.

Order at:
DELIVEROO

Bisushima

Modern Japanese restaurant & bar with a rooftop terrace in Covent Garden with an Italian/Japanese chef Alex Furusawa-Cadoni. The restaurant is partly supervised by Takuya Watanabe from Jin Paris.

Durin quarantine: delivery and takeaway.

Order at:
DIRECT

Kurisu Omakase

Omakase by Chris Restrepo, a young Thai-Colombian chef who trained for years at his mother’s restaurant Ichiban Sushi Brixton as well as Tokyo sushi academy and now does omakases.

During quarantine: takeaway boxes.

Sushi Tetsu

A small Japanese restaurant specialising in sushi and sashimi run by Nobu alumni chef Toru Takahashi and his wife.  With just 7 seats with 2 seatings per night, book well, well in advance.

During quarantine: weekly takeaway orders at info@sushitetsu.co.uk

Takahashi

Owned by Nobuhisa and Yuko Takahashi.  With an aim is to provide healthy and tasty food based on Japanese tradition, friendly and informed service in a relaxed environment.The restaurant is still closed for dine-in service, but offers takeaway.

During quarantine: takeaway.

Order at:
DIRECTLY

Koya

Go for handmade Udon noodles and small plates.

During quarantine: takeaway and delivery.

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.

During quarantine: takeaway.

Abeno

Small simple okonomiyaki place run by Abeno-ku from Osaka. 

During quarantine: takeaway and delivery.

Happy Sky Bakery

Japanese artisan bread and pastry shop. 

Must try: The Tokyo milk loaf.

During quarantine: open as usual.

Minamoto Kitchoan

Tokyo outpost for mochi, daifuku and other Japanese sweets.

During quarantine: closed.

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.

During quarantine: takeaway.

Wa Café

Independent Japanese patisserie offering a unique range of quintessentially Japanese breads and pastries made on-site daily.

During quarantine: takeaway.

Monocle Café

Small coffee-house serving sandwiches, and Japanese inspired meals and elegant patisserie. A spin-off of the Monocle magazine brand.

During quarantine: takeaway.

Omotesando Koffee

Artisanal coffee shop from Tokyo. Boutique coffee chain across SouthEast Asia, light wood interior details, & Japanese-style design.

During quarantine: closed.

Katsute 100

Japanese boutique and tea rooms, offering hard to find artisanal teas from Japan and home-made fusion desserts. As well as selling sakes from lesser-known breweries and tableware from Japan.

Must try: Matcha crepe cake

During quarantine: takeaway and delivery.

Order at:
DELIVEROO

Tsujiri

Dessert tea house specialising in everything matcha.

During quarantine: order online for takeaway.

Café Kitsune

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

During quarantine: takeaway.

Sachi (opening in December)

Japanese restaurant at The Pantechnicon by Nancy Singleton Hachisu.

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