London is home to some of the best sushi restaurants in the world. Whether you prefer an intimate traditional sushi bar or a contemporary fusion of English and Japanese cuisine, there is a sushi restaurant to suit every taste (and budget) in the city.
Run by a third-generation sushi master, Endo's omakase menu (or tasting menu in Japanese) is unlike anything you've ever seen before. The restaurant offers a bird's eye view over the city while the head chef dishes up delicious sushi in an act that resembles nothing short of pure theatre.
Think miso soup, tender squid, no-rice hand rolls, and plates of fresh fish carved to perfection and topped with silky marinates. Endo is one of the best sushi restaurants in London, and quality doesn't come cheap. However, the incredible 18-course dinner service is well worth the expense if you are a sushi lover.
Address: 8th Floor, The Helios, Television Centre, 101 Wood Lane, London, W12 7FR
Yashin Ocean House in South Kensington puts a unique twist on the traditional. The Yashin sushi menu contains all of the conventional favourites, including prawn tempura, spicy tuna rolls and maki rolls.
However, if you are feeling adventurous, there are several contemporary fusion rolls to sample, including yellowtail jalapeno (thinly sliced sashimi with jalapeno and ponzu sauce), seared tuna tataki with garlic and chilli, lobster tempura with spicy mayo and sea urchin sashimi.
If the quality sushi doesn't win you over, Yashin offers Japanese food served with comforting udon noodles and rice. It's one of those London restaurants you'll want to visit and revisit again and again with friends and family - for the ambience, if not the miso black cod.
Address: 117-119 Old Brompton Rd South Kensington SW7 3RN
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Sushi Atelier is a high-end sushi restaurant located in Fitzrovia, London, with a truly enviable sushi counter. The chef will prepare an artful sashimi platter for your Instagram, a Chirashi sushi rice bowl filled with sashimi and vegetables, nigiri, or any number of delectable sushi rolls.
The à la carte menu changes daily according to the ingredients available, but the sushi is always fresh and extremely modern. Dishes include nigiri with ponzu jelly, rolls of yellowtail and fatty tuna stuffed with truffle mayo, served with sides of steamed dumplings, salads and fresh ceviches. You can wash it all down with premium sake, wine, Japanese beer, shochu and authentic tea.
Address: 114 Great Portland Street W1W 6PH
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Nobu in the Metropolitan Hotel is probably the most famous sushi restaurant in the entire city. This high-end chain was founded by celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa and actor Robert de Niro. The restaurant is known for its innovative approach to sushi.
Some of its most popular dishes include black cod miso, battered rock shrimp tempura, wagyu beef, sushi platters and tuna tartare, served with creamy avocado and crunchy wontons.
Adventurous foodies will love their fusion offerings, though, including their fresh lobster baked with a wasabi pea crust and served with a variety of delicious sauces. Reserve a seat in advance if you want to experience it for yourself.
If raw fish doesn't appeal, you can still get your fill at one of the many Japanese restaurants in the city with a robata grill in their kitchen. ROKA in Soho is well worth a visit. This popular Japanese spot offers an innovative five-course tasting menu that will appeal to everyone, whether you like good sushi or grilled robatayaki meals.
Popular dishes include robata grilled skewers like lamb, fresh black cod, prawns and scallops. You can also enjoy a selection of your favourite Japanese whiskies and drinks at their cocktail bar. ROKA is known for its stylish and romantic ambience, perfect for a special night out.
Umu is a Michelin-starred Japanese restaurant located in the heart of Mayfair, London. The menu is a celebration of the art of sushi, with fresh sashimi, lightly battered tempura, grilled scallops, and tender marinated eel, to name but a few of their incredible dishes.
Umu is meant to be savoured, so why not try their 7-course tasting menu, which showcases the best of their traditional Japanese cuisine inside its beautiful and sophisticated dining room.
Sake no Hana, in the heart of St James, is known for its innovative take on Japanese cuisine and modern cooking techniques. Here you'll find sashimi made from fresh seafood, expertly crafted sushi served with delicious modern sauces, tender grilled beef and tofu, and bowls upon bowls of hearty udon noodles in richly flavoured broths.
Sake no Hana also offers a variety of tasting menus, including a 7-course omakase (chef's choice) tasting menu featuring the freshest and finest ingredients of the day. The interior is as sleek and modern as the menu, and guests are advised to book a table early to avoid disappointment.
Sushi Tetsu has an interesting claim to fame. This Clerkenwell restaurant is known as one of the hardest restaurants to book in London. Sushi Tetsu offers a whopping 10-course sushi omakase that uses the freshest ingredients on the day, including grilled eel and scallops, tofu, soft shell crab and tuna sashimi. The restaurant is intimate and small (which is why tables are hard to come by), but it's well worth the wait.
Some say the best sushi in London can be found in the sky - or at least, on the 39th floor of Heron Tower. Sushisamba is housed inside a vast, sky-lit room with a full-sized orange tree on the terrace. Its most famous dish is its legendary Kobe beef.
It's tasty, but it's better known for its eye-watering £1,000 price tag. If that's not on the cards (or in the budget), the scallop ceviche with mandarin leche de tigre comes highly recommended, as does the black cod with maize morada and popcorn. Come for the views, and stay for the delicious food.
That's our round-up of the best sushi in London! New restaurants and concepts pop up every week, though, as the city lures some of the best sushi chefs in the world to British shores. Which one is your favourite?
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