Dating back to eighth century Japan, sushi is one of the world’s most popular and healthy fast-food alternatives. From tasty temaki to scrumptious sashimi, if the very mention of sushi makes your taste buds tingle, then this list of the best sushi in London is about to “maki” your day.
Specialising in skewers grilled over hot charcoal, otherwise known as yakitori in Japan, Jidori is a sleek venue aiming to bring the taste of Japan to the streets of London. Order the finger-licking chicken wings with shiso and grilled lemon, otherwise known as tebaski, or opt for a small plate of grilled prawns with roasted nori butter. We can’t forget to mention the katsu curry scotch egg which is a bestseller and after our taster session we know why!
From the team behind upmarket sushi chain, Chisou, feast your eyes on Sushi Atelier, a wonderfully minimalist eatery on Great Portland Street. Interesting, good quality, and affordable, this place is about to be your new go-to for the best sushi in London. Pull up a seat at the long sushi bar and watch the skilled sushi chefs at work preparing a range of modern sushi. Think spicy salmon, yellowtail and tuna rolls, or go all out and get the Wagyu carpaccio, made with seared wagyu beef with marinated wasabi, ginger-ponzu jelly, and myoga (Japanese ginger).
Keep your eyes peeled for this one. Hidden down a quiet alleyway off Piccadilly, Yoshino has been churning out winning sushi for years. With a guaranteed supply of market-fresh fish (this place is also a seafood supplier) you know you can rely on yoshino for clean, fresh flavours.
Did you know that Brazil has the largest Japanese population outside of Japan? Then it should come as no surprise that someone has thought to fuse these two flavours together..and the result, Temakinho. A stylish Soho restaurant where you can enjoy poke bowls, crispy maki and a range of temaki options ranging from crab to fresh sashimi.
Sticks n Sushi
This place does exactly what it says on the tin, serves yakitori sticks and sushi. Founded by three brothers, Jens and Kim Rahbek and Thor Andersen this place has become somewhat of an institution. Inspired by their half Japanese, half Danish background, they’ve created a unique concept that merges two cuisines. The Covent Garden branch is exquisite and definitely a must for you keen photographers out there. The star of the show however are the yakitori sticks that they do oh so well.