Food lovers have been flocking to London for years, thanks to its reputation for showcasing the finest cuisine from around the world. No wonder the capital is home to some of the best sushi cafés and informal sushi restaurants this side of Mount Fuji.
Head to the following eateries for Japanese dishes that are exactly as they should be: incredibly fresh and full of flavour.
1. Sushi Café
When you’re looking for popular London sushi cafés, how about visiting the Sushi Café in trendy Battersea? Just like its name, this eatery is straightforward and unpretentious, in the spirit of Japan’s informal izakaya venues. The café aims to provide one of London’s most authentic sushi dining experiences. Expect expertly prepared, classic dishes, such as salmon nigiri, sweet prawn sashimi and tuna hosomaki. Famous for its generous portions, the Sushi Café is ideal if you’ve worked up an appetite during a day’s sightseeing in London.
We love Victoria – it’s not only the starting point for many of our tours but also the place to go for sushi with a twist! Sticks’n’Sushi boasts a unique combination of fish-based dishes and yakitori (i.e. skewered meats, including mouth-watering wagyu beef). So even if some of your loved ones aren’t fish fans, you’ll all find meals to tempt your taste buds at this relaxed eatery. For a platter that’s bound to please everyone, try the amusingly named Mixed Emotions, which features shrimp nigiri, chicken with chilli and other delights.
There’s a gem of a sushi café near King’s Cross that proves you don’t necessarily need seafood to create fantastic dishes. What makes Itadakizen stand out is its focus on vegan, organic Japanese food – it’s proud to be the first eatery of its kind in Europe. Order a selection of vegetable and seaweed sushi (there are options for large and small appetites) and you’ll see that each piece is a work of art. Free food workshops support Itadakizen’s efforts to enrich people’s understanding of the relationship between diet and wellbeing.
Tucked away in Soho, you’ll find Jugemu, which shares its name with a Japanese folktale. Appropriately enough, this rustic venue is full of charm and wonder. Pass through the traditional noren curtains and make a beeline for the counter, where you can watch the skilled chef prepare sushi, temaki and other delicacies that are hard to beat. The halibut nigiri has even earned praise from a Michelin Guide inspector. Jugemu may be small, but it’s certainly making a big splash in London.
If you love London as much as you love sushi, don’t miss Sushisamba in Bishopsgate. This vibrant venue has an unforgettable setting on the 38th and 39th floors of Heron Tower – but that’s only part of its appeal. The stunning menu, which brings together Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian culinary influences, is certainly capable of competing for attention with the panoramic views. The choice is phenomenal – you can feast on everything from snow crab to freshwater eel. If you can’t decide what to order, request the sushi omakase and let the chefs select delicious dishes for you instead.
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