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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”.

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”.

Summary

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

“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”.

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Restaurant details

No dress code
7
12

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
Not Set

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