Gone are the days when the best sushi in London involved frozen salmon nigiri and plain rice. Today, the top Japanese restaurants are offering innovative fusion with traditional Japanese cooking techniques.

We know Sushi goes all year round but as our Christmas present to you, here is the list of our favourite places to get the best of the Japanese cuisine.

Get your chopsticks ready, here is our round up:

Sumosan Twiga

Multi award winning, critically acclaimed contemporary Japanese restaurant Sumosan Twiga, was founded in 1997 and now boasts restaurants in the most sophisticated locations across the globe.

Set over three floors, the Knightsbridge restaurant offers a glamorous atmosphere, with a menu combining Asian and Italian food.

Their menu features Sumosan classics such as salmon rice pizza, truffle hamachi tiradito, a classic ‘Black Miso Cod’, or a luxurious signature lobster salad.

They also offer a wide selection of sushi, sashimi and maki featuring signature Isobe maki king crab.

But that is not all, the bar as well is not too be missed.

Saké connoisseurs will be impressed by the number of sakes on offer, and there is extensive list of Japanese whiskies alongside a cracking wine list made up of a worldwide list option. All in all, a must try!

Japan Centre

If you’re a fan of Japanese food (whether it’s cooking it or eating it), then a visit to the Japan Centre Food Hall is mandatory, as one of the original and best makers of sushi in London.

Located in the heart of the West End, the large space can welcome you to sit down and dig into your fresh sushi, soup or bento box.

Alternatively, if you’re fancy making sushi but don’t know where to start with ingredients? The food hall market has all the ingredients range for sushi making sushi rice and rice vinegar, seaweed, wasabi pastes soy sauce, …

You get it, Japan Centre is the absolute perfect spot for Asian food lover!

Ayllu

Launched in March 2020, Ayllu is a Peruvian-Japanese fusion restaurant tucked away beneath the hustle and bustle of Paddington Basin, W2 6EY and we think offers some of the best sushi in London.

The new Peruvian concept is built around the traditions of the Ayllu community of the Inca Empire with an all sharing menu offering innovative dishes.

From traditional sushi platter to signature Ceviche Nikkei or Smoked Octopus Tiradito, the Japanese influence on the Peruvian dishes brings fresh and zesty aromas.

The cocktail menu is worth a mention to; featuring classic Pisco Sour (obviously), as well as old and new world wines. And, the icing on the cake, they are offering a Nikkei Bottomless Brunch on Saturday and Sundays, with a heated terrace and view on Paddington Canal… Are you convinced yet?

Dinings SW3

Inspired by the Izakaya experience, the Japanese equivalent of pubs where all the food on the table is designed to be shared, Dinings SW3 is one of London’s best sushi restaurant,

Having established its reputation thanks to its secret spot in Mayfair, Dinings SW3 has now settled down in Knightsbridge.

Lead by Chef Tomonari Chibo, the menu is inventive and perhaps one of the pioneers of the ‘fusion’ concept in London.

Think salmon nigiri with onion and soy sauce jam or scallop paired with a foie gras mousse. The menu is vast, and every dish is an experience on its own, which naturally reflects in the price but every bite worth the spend. See it as the very special treat we all deserve once in a while.

Uchi

Tucked away in Clapton, East London, Uchi is an absolute neighbourhood gem which recreates the atmosphere of a Japanese restaurant, thanks to aspare dining room, hidden behind noren, (Japanese curtains) where are you required to take your shoes off while eating.

 From the mouth-watering tuna sashimi to the miso aubergine skewers, the menu is concise, but every dish is executed perfectly.

Do not forget to check boards for their ‘Specials’ which are always spectacular to pair with authentic sake, served hot or cold.

 

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