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Summary

“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”.

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

Summary

“Like dining in Japan!” – Toru Takahashi is “the real deal” and provides an “intimate master sushi experience” at his “special” Clerkenwell 7-seater, which “is without doubt the best sushi in London at this price point” (and which, some would argue, invites comparison with The Araki, which charges about 4x the price here). The only fly in the ointment is the “ridiculous booking process” – it’s just “so hard to get a seat”.

£89
 ££££
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Less hyped than Araki, with great food at one-seventh the price!”“Toru Takahashi entertains both your taste buds and your eyes” at his “charming” Clerkenwell 7-seater: “a showcase for his uncompromising attention to detail and illusionist-like skills”. “It feels like a stellar, very special experience”“as close as you can get to authentic Japanese dining in London” – and delivers “astonishingly good sushi, yet without an absurd price tag”. The catch? – “it’s a nightmare getting a seat”.

£89
 ££££
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Having eaten in the fish market in Tokyo I know how authentic this restaurant is. Amazing!” – Harumi and Toru Takahashi are “charming hosts” and their “very intimate” Clerkenwell 7-seater serves “astonishing” sushi and other fare – “a mix of traditional and experimental dishes with perfect quality as the unifying factor”. It invites some comparison with The Araki, although “here you can enjoy Japanese-style seasonality without splashing quite so much cash”. “Booking is taken in one morning, two weeks in advance. It’s a race. Follow the Twitter account for a chance to get a last-minute seat”.

£59
   ££
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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Restaurant details

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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 Pas, London, EC1V 4JP
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday5:30 pm-10 pm
Wednesday5:30 pm-10 pm
Thursday5:30 pm-10 pm
Friday5:30 pm-10 pm
Saturday5 pm-9:30 pm
SundayCLOSED

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