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Sushi bars and Japanese restaurants are as much the norm in any London district as are old English pubs. Londoners have loved sushi since the first restaurants started opening here over thirty years ago and the more we read the health benefits of healthy Japanese diet, the more our love affair with sushi goes on. Marie Teather finds the five best restaurants to get your fix of that simple, but exquisite dish of raw fish on rice.

1 Susinho

Brazil being home to the largest Japanese population outside of Japan, the coming together of two very differing cuisines is not perhaps as surprising as you first thought. Still Sushino’s simple interior, like many of Tokyo’s finer eateries, is wooden, warm and sleek and it is the Japanese additions to the menu that regulars are really going back for.

With a great selection of nigiri and sashimi, including yellowtail, tuna, and Californian uramaki, those who prefer their Japanese food are well catered for. Those there for that Latino twist will enjoy modern interpretations such as the wasabi prawns and the sashimi pizza.

312–314 Kings Road

London, SW3 5UH


2 Zuma

A sophisticated twist on the traditional izakaya, Zuma aspired to be simple and reflect Japanese traditions. Still being such a popular huge celebrity hangout and indulgently designer interior, a meal at Zuma is anything but minimal.

Dishes are to be ordered as and when you are ready for them although for most a meal will start with the sushi. Zuma has a great selection of rolls and sashimi including some surprise rolls such as dynamite spider roll, a maki of crab, chilli mayonnaise, cucumber and wasabi sauce. The bar offers over 40 different types of sake meaning you can do like the Japanese do and make friends with the barman and your fellow drinkers and make your way through a variety of sake textures and taste.

5 Raphael Street

London, SW7 1DL

020 7584 1010

3 Nobu

The eponymous Nobu London was the first European venture for the celebrated Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa. Opened with partner, Robert de Niro the restaurant occupies the first floor of The Metropolitan Hotel on Park Lane and has been attracting a celebrity following since its beginnings.

For those who are really there for the sushi, Nobu has a separate sushi bar and extensive sushi menu. Choose from a wide selection including hand rolls of salmon and avocado, asparagus tuna and negi hana or from the sashimi selection, you could try the tuna, octopus or yellowtail.

Metropolitan Hotel

19 Old Park Lane, Mayfair

London, W1K 1LB

020 7447 4747

4 Nozumi

Back over in Knightsbridge where the cool and beautiful like to dine, Nozumi doesn’t fail to please the locals with its funky ground-floor bar as well as a tastefully neutral, glass-roofed dining room.

The menu is takes on traditional and modern Japanese cuisine, offering plentiful sushi and sashimi, plus an interesting selection of ‘small dishes’ to eat izakaya style which includes the king crab salad with white asparagus and truffle, confit duck salad with watermelon and cashews and even a Wagyu beef tataki.

14-15 Beauchamp Place

London, SW3 1NQ

020 7838 1500

5 Cocoro

A laid back little two-tiered eatery in the heart of affluent Mayfair. On the ground floor you’ll find the sushi bar with sushi and sashimi dishes prepared in view and including regulars such as the tuna and avocado roll, eel and negitoro. Even natto that polarizes tastes in Japan and rarely makes an appearance on menus outside if its home country makes an appearance.

The basement floor, with tatami floors and dividing screens, caters more to sake swilling groups and private parties.

31 Marylebone Lane

London, W1U 2NH

020 7935 2931

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