Japanese Restaurants in Fitzrovia
1. Kazu Japanese restaurant in Fitzrovia 64 Charlotte St - W1T
2019 Review: No reports yet on this early 2018 opening – a ‘contemporary Japanese’ in fairly traditional style on Fitzrovia’s ‘restaurant row’, majoring in sushi. It has a good pedigree, with a head chef formerly of Chisou (Dham Kodituwakku).
2. Ippudo London Japanese restaurant in Fitzrovia 40 Goodge Street - W1T
2021 Review: “Top ramen with great broth and good combinations”, win fans for this genuinely Japanese chain (originating in Fukuoka), which has branches in Holborn, Embankment and Canary Wharf. Ratings, though, fall short of the top heights at the hands of those who feel its food is “not bad, but not memorable”. A fourth branch is to open in Fitzrovia in autumn 2019.
3. Roka Japanese restaurant in Fitzrovia 37 Charlotte St - W1
“Nailing it every time” – Arjun Waney and Rainer Becker’s upscale Japanese-inspired operations endure on a deceptively simple formula of “great buzz… awesome food”. Centre stage are the “expertly prepared” small plates – “a lovely combination of hot and cold Japanese-fusion dishes” featuring “gorgeous sushi, sashimi and robata” (from the centrally placed grill) – that are “pricey yet exceptional”. As an offering, you could quibble that “it hasn’t really evolved” in recent years, or you could say ‘if it ain’t broke, why fix it?’
4. Flesh and Buns Fitzrovia Japanese restaurant in Fitzrovia 32 Berners Street - W1T
“Very busy and bustling” – these “vibey” izakayas are part of Bone Daddies group, and provide an “inventive” mix of dishes from a wide-ranging menu: sushi, filled hirata buns, ceviche (not all branches) and a wide selection of other dishes. In addition to those in Fitzrovia and Covent Garden, they briefly added a Kensington site in 2022, but it is set to be converted to a Bone Daddies after just a few months.
5. Sushi Atelier Japanese restaurant in Fitzrovia 114 Great Portland Street - W1W
This contemporary Japanese outfit near Oxford Circus from the Chisou group is – according to its biggest fans – “simply outstanding” (“the head chef gave us personal advice and even created tailor-made sushi for us”… “sublime”). Not everyone would go quite as far, but all reports rate the food here as good or better.
6. Kintan Japanese restaurant in Westminster 21 Great Castle Street - W1G
2019 Review: This Japanese tabletop BBQ is a “great place for a fun night out” in Holborn (there’s also a new branch at Oxford Circus), cooking your own meat from a “good, reasonably priced set dinner selection”. It is part of a Tokyo-based group with branches in eight countries.
7. RAI Japanese restaurant in Fitzrovia 3 Windmill Street - W1T
“Melt-in-the-mouth Wagyu and exemplary sashimi” inspire rave reviews for Shrabaneswor Rai and chef Padam Raj Rai’s Fitzrovia newcomer (previously a second branch of Hot Stone, which they also own). There’s no à la carte – the format is one of a multi-course, omakase-style tasting menu and fans are “blown away by the quality of the food”.
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