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. 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.
4. 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.
5. Apothecary Japanese restaurant in Shoreditch 36 Charlotte Road - EC2
On the sizeable Shoreditch site that was Merchant’s Tavern (RIP), this mid-2021 newcomer is nowadays a 130-cover Japanese izakaya, with more of an emphasis on drinking (and DJs) than of old. It comes complete with open kitchen and robata counter, serving skewers, sushi and steamed buns to soak up the hot or cold sake, beers and cocktails.
6. Sushi Revolution Japanese restaurant in Brixton 240 Ferndale Road - SW9
Two ex-Sticks'n'Sushi employees have opened this 'sushi and more' spot in Brixton; expect a "rebellious twist" to the classics.
7. Humble Chicken Japanese restaurant in Soho 54 Frith Street - W1D
Japanese-born Angelo Sato worked under Clare Smyth and Adam Byatt before becoming head chef at Restaurant Story. His opening of an izakaya-style yakitori spot in the heart of Soho - on the original site of Barrafina - is exciting news for Soho.
8. Maru Japanese restaurant in Mayfair 18 Shepherd Market - W1J
On the former site of TAKA Mayfair, and under the same ownership, this June 2021 newcomer is led by chef Taiji Maruyama, a former sushi chef at Nobu London and head chef at Surrey hotel Beaverbrook. Just 6 guests at a time are served (from behind a custom-made counter created by Chef Maruyama himself!) for a "20-course farm-to-table, daily changing tasting menu, presented omakase-style". MARU is the first Japanese restaurant in the UK to specialise in the Japanese culinary technique of dry ageing fish, which features prominently across the menu.
9. Hot Stone Japanese restaurant in Fitzrovia 3 Windmill Street - W1T
Open from March 11 2021 (initially for delivery only), a second, 50-cover, branch of Padam Raj Rai's ishiyaki and sushi restaurant, serving certified Kobe beef, one of only eight restaurants in the UK to do so. Once the restaurant is able to open its doors in May, diners can expect sushi and sashimi alongside maki rolls as well as Hot Stone’s signature Ishiyaki menu – inspired by the ancient Japanese art of cooking on a searing-hot stones; also, 48-hours marinated black cod. The interiors boast traditional wooden panelling, accent tiling and artwork by 18th century Japanese ukiyo-e painter Hokusai Katsushika.
10. Bar des Prés French restaurant in Mayfair 16 Albemarle Street - W1S
On the former Indian Accent site, French TV chef Cyril Lignac has opened his Saint Germain bar and restaurant in Mayfair this; patisserie and cocktails feature heavily.
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