Japanese Restaurants in London
1. Chotto Matte Japanese restaurant in Soho 11-13 Frith St - W1
“Exquisite food and cocktails” – “an amazing blend of flavours danced across my tongue!” – and “a great vibe (particularly for late-night dining)” help make this Japanese-Peruvian fusion haunt in Soho a “fun and buzzy” (if “loud”, especially when the music’s cranked up) destination for a night on the tiles.
2. Koji Japanese restaurant in Fulham 58 New King’s Rd - SW6
“The Japanese food prepared in front of you is amazing, the cocktail bar is amazing…” – Pat & Mark Barnett’s “lovely Asian-fusion” haunt has unusually glam looks for somewhere near Parsons Green, and is a big local hit for a date or Big Night Out. (Older fans will remember their previous venture, Mao Tai, which they ran on the same site for over two decades).
3. Nanashi Japanese restaurant in Shoreditch 14 Rivington St - EC2A
“Super sushi and some decent hot plates too” win enthusiastic but limited feedback for this “pleasant if rather cramped” Japanese three-year-old in Shoreditch.
4. Tokyo Sukiyaki-Tei & Bar Japanese restaurant in South Kensington 85 Sloane Avenue - SW3
2017 Review: A Chelsea hideaway serving an eclectic range of Japanese dishes – from Wagyu beef to sushi, sashimi and shabu-shabu (hot pot); reports are still too few for a rating, but very upbeat.
5. Café Kitsuné at Pantechnicon Japanese restaurant in Belgravia 19 Motcomb Street - SW1X
2018 Review: This superb, neo-classical 1830 Grade II listed building in Belgravia, owned by Grosvenor Estates, is to take on a new lease of life in 2018 as a new 10,000 sq ft retail and restaurant space, the latter incorporating a basement café/bar, second floor restaurant and roof terrace.
6. MOMMI Peruvian restaurant in Clapham 44 Clapham High St - SW4
2018 Review: “Fun, buzzy local” in Clapham High Street offering a “sensibly priced Asian-fusion menu and good cocktails” – it seems to have bedded-in in its second year, with improving scores for both food and service.
7. Yoshi Sushi Japanese restaurant in Hammersmith 210 King St - W6
“The best kimchi in London” – apparently “voted by the South Korean Embassy!” – is found at this drab-looking stalwart, near Ravenscourt Park tube. Despite the name, the place is Korean-owned and run – and it’s the “fantastic Korean dishes” that garner the plaudits this year: “sweet, savoury, spicy and with generous portions”. But the Japanese dishes are also excellent and “service is always personal”.
8. Flat Three Japanese restaurant in Holland Park 120-122 Holland Park Ave - W11
“The kitchen really is doing something different, sending out delicious and original dishes with a mixed Scandinavian and Japanese/Korean heritage” at this “under-the-radar restaurant, hidden away beneath a shop” in Holland Park. All reports suggest it’s “definitely worth a visit”, but there are caveats: service can be “indifferent” and even fans can find the prices over-egged.
9. Mei Ume Japanese restaurant in City 10 Trinity Square - EC3N
Delectable Asian-fusion delicacies – combining dishes of both Chinese and Japanese inspiration – win nothing but bouquets for this palatial dining room in a City five-star hotel, near the Tower of London. On the downside, cynics say “it feels like a business hotel restaurant”, and one or two diners “expected more, considering the big-ticket prices”.
10. Cocochan Pan-Asian restaurant in Marylebone 38-40 James St - W1
Between Selfridges and St Christopher’s Place – a “busy and quite noisy” haunt, where some reporters are very impressed by its Pan-Asian small plates (including sushi and dim sum dishes), but others feel that they’re “not exciting, but OK”.
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