RestaurantsLondonClerkenwellEC1

survey result

Summary

£167
£££££
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Still a top omakase experience in a very relaxed environment” – Toru Takahashi does not exactly need to go out of his way to attract customers to this tiny (7 seat) venue. You can only book online on Monday at 12:00pm onwards. There are no event bookings (max 4 in a party). There’s no concession to vegans or vegetarians. No kids under 12. No Insta (yay!!) – photography and video are not permitted. No scent is to be worn by diners. The full shebang costs £167 per person and takes 3-4 hours, although he also does a shorter 2 hour version early on Saturday evenings for £117 (June 2023 prices). Everyone loves it…

Summary

£100
£££££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“The best sushi in London bar none” is not a ludicrous claim for Toru Takahashi’s Clerkenwell fixture where “the freshest fish and seafood is superbly prepared” and “its quality is at a level matched only by multi-starred places in the capital”. “During lockdown, their takeaway service was a shining light”, and – as we go to press – his 7-seat restaurant has yet to re-open. When it does, “you truly have a sense you are sharing something special”, but “it’s ridiculous trying to get a booking”, with phones open for five hours once a week.

Summary

£90
 ££££
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Prefer it to The Araki…”, “the best sushi I’ve had outside of Tokyo…”, “superb…” – Toru Takahashi’s Clerkenwell venture is “beyond reproach”: “a true neighbourhood sushiya” that rivals London’s best-known names, at a fraction of the price, and delivers “astonishing flavours” and the “intimate” experience you’d expect of somewhere with just 7 seats, minded over by “delightful” staff. One perennial complaint though – “the whole dreary booking process”.

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12 Jerusalem Passage, London, EC1V 4JP

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Sushi Tetsu Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Sushi Tetsu Restaurant in EC1, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Sushi Tetsu restaurant.
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A recent trip to Japan and then a revisit h...
Reviewed 7 months, 23 days ago

"A recent trip to Japan and then a revisit here after confirms the standard to which this charming little shop is operating at - on a par with some of the higher-end Tokyo spots. Delicious, imaginative sushi and the warmest of welcomes - only issue is actually getting a seat. "

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Prices

  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 96.00 Always available 12

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£5.00 £45.00 £7.00 £7.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £25.00
Filter Coffee £3.50
Extras  
Service 12.50%
12 Jerusalem Passage, London, EC1V 4JP
Opening hours
Monday5 pm‑10 pm
Tuesday5 pm‑10 pm
Wednesday5 pm‑10 pm
Thursday5 pm‑10 pm
Friday5 pm‑10 pm
Saturday5 pm‑10 pm
Sunday5 pm‑10 pm

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