Hankering after hosomaki? Seriously fancy some sashimi? Well, you're in luck. Our up-to-date guide showcases London's best sushi restaurants plus their delivery options.
Where: 8 St. Martin’s Place, London WC2N 4JH
Bisushimi’s rooftop restaurant by Trafalgar Square has the views to match its sushi. Make sure you order their Toro Taku Maki made with dry-aged rich marbled Bluefin Tuna. Head sushi chef here is Alex Furusawa who previously headed up the kitchen at Tokomeite.
Follow them on Instagram: @bisushima
Delivery: Order online (11k range)
Where: Chelsea and Mayfair
Chisou’s two restaurants are all about the counter dining experience - they also pride themselves on their sake selections (both of which are reflected in their delivery offering). Expect classic, no-gimmick sushi.
Follow them on Instagram: @chisoulondon
Where: 4 Blenheim St, Mayfair, London W1S 1LB
This Mayfair restaurant specialises in a more contemporary take on omakase, so their eel roll comes with foie gras and there's an interesting tapas section too where you might find tuna tataki with kurokosho sauce. They also do a nice line in lunchtime collection boxes which are perfect for picnics in nearby Hanover Square.
Follow them on Instagram: @cubemayfairuk
Delivery: Order online (5 miles range)
Where: Lennox Gardens Mews, Chelsea, London SW3 2JH
Masaki Sugisaki’s Chelsea Japanese restaurant serves up sushi which is - almost - too beautiful to eat. They also, during the various lockdowns, came up with some interesting twists on delivery this year such as their DIY Tar Tar Chip and Tamaki roll kits. In the restaurant, sushi of the day focuses on what's coming in fresh off the Cornish day boats.
Follow them on Instagram: @dinings_sw3
Delivery: Takeaway only
Where: Television Centre, 8th Floor The Helios, 101 Wood Ln, London W12 7FR
It’s all about counter dining here at chef Endo Kazutoshi’s ultra modernist. Michelin-starred, restaurant with a view at Television Centre. They say it’s sushi in the clouds - there are two omakase sittings each day it’s open - to allow Endo to guide you through his singular sushi vision.
Follow them on Instagram: @kazutoshi.endo
Where: Notting Hill, Fulham, West Hampstead, Camberwell
The Feng Sushi restaurants are currently doing delivery-only at the moment, placing you in the hands of their chefs who turn out well-priced sushi. They offer regularly changing specials - like nori tacos or a seaweed tiger roll - alongside more recognisable options.
Follow them on Instagram: @fengsushi
Delivery: Order on their website
Where: 15 Bury Street, London, SW1Y 6AL
Now under new ownership and reopen once more after a brief period of closure, this establishment sushi spot features dedicated counters for teppan-yaki, robata and - crucially - Edomae Sushi. They also say they have one of the biggest sake collections in London.
Follow them on Instagram: @ginzastjames
Where: Islington and Fitzrovia
Formerly head sushi chef at Tsukiji in Mayfair, chef Padam Raj Rai’s sushi spot in Islington was something of a hidden gem. But he's now opened a second restaurant in Fitzrovia. Sushi options are exquisite and a bit different - think fatty tuna with caviar rolls and seared butterfish with truffle spicy ponzu.
Follow them on Instagram: @hotstonelondon
Where: 185 Bethnal Green Rd, Bethnal Green, London E2 6AB
This Bethnal Green izakaya was opened by Londoner Claire Yu on the site of her parents' old noodle bar. Head chef Eduardo Aguiar arrived here via Roka, Chisou and Bone Daddies. In addition to the traditional nigiri and sashimi, top dishes include tataki of butterfish with minced truffle while the Californian rolls here are made with snow crab.
Follow them on Instagram: @isshoni_uk
How to order: Order online
Where: 3 Winnett St, London W1D 6JY
This hole in a wall Soho joint features as many negative reviews about its idiosyncratic service as it does of the amazing sushi. Chef Yuya Kikuchi is in charge here, and the menu is very dependent on what’s been good at the fish market that morning. Sit up at the bar, if you can, for his hand rolls which are excellent.
Follow them on Instagram: @jugemu.uk
Takeaway: Call 020 7734 0518
Where: Mayfair, Marylebone and Shoreditch
This is the mothership where so many of London's sushi chefs trained. It's also the place to come if you want the TikTok dish du jour of crispy sushi rice with spicy tuna. The newest addition to the group is the Nobu Hotel in Portman Square which has a glorious dining room and pretty terrace for alfresco dining.
Follow them on Instagram: @nobuoldparklane.
Delivery: Order on Supper from Park Lane
Where: 175 Northcote Rd, London SW11 6QF
This Battersea spot is the London branch of a well respected Cheltenham restaurant. Alongside hot dishes like gyoza and ramen, their sushi options are pretty eclectic - think kimchi seafood rolls, ebi yukari Californian rolls and their very popular volcano roll.
Follow them on Instagram: @kiboulondon.
Takeaway: Order online
Where: 157 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2RS
Endo Kazutoshi’s more casual restaurant in Notting Hill still features his superlative sushi, but here it could be served up in ceviche dotted with edible flours or in innovative toppings for temaki hand rolls.
Follow them on Instagram: @sumilondon.
Where: Fitzrovia, Shoreditch and St John’s Wood
If it’s modern sushi you’re after, then look no further. Allow the chefs here to make their choice for you and go for one of their omakase platters. Alternatively, if you’re in the DIY mood, they also do a DIY handroll party kit.
Follow them on Instagram: @sushiatelierlondon.
Takeaway: Order online
Where: 240 Ferndale Rd, London SW9 8FR
Purists should turn away now - Sushi Revolution serves up the classics but also as the name suggests, turns it on its head too. So you're as likely to enjoy yellowtail nigiri as you are tuna tartar with - deep breath - goats cheese, avocado and truffle onion soy. Founders Aidan Bryan and Tom Blackshaw are ex-Sticks ‘n’ Sushi.
Follow them on Instagram: @sushirevolution
Delivery: Order on Uber Eats
Where: 12 Jerusalem Passage, Farringdon, London EC1V 4JP
This teeny Clerkenwell sushi restaurant is one of the best in town and, consequently, would be the hardest to get a seat at if it wasn't currently closed due to social distancing rules. For takeaway, there’s just one option - a dining set with Omakase - which gives you a range of sashimi, sushi rice and more for you to make up as you’d like.
Follow them on Twitter: @SushiTetsuUK
Pic by Samphire & Salsify
Where: 109 Marylebone High St, Marylebone, London W1U 4RX
This contemporary Japanese restaurant prides itself on innovative dishes that use the best British ingredients in season. Pair your sushi order - we particularly liked their California rolls - with one of their amazing wagyu sandos.
Follow them on Instagram: @takarestaurants.
Founded by ex-Nobu and Yumi head chefs Yasuhiro Mineno and Shinya Ikeda, both the Yashin restaurants serve up sushi with a bit more modernity and theatre than you might find elsewhere. Expect dishes like yellowtail carpaccio with orange soy and chilli oil while even their delivery options come paired with sakes.
Follow them on Instagram: @yashinlondon.
New openings and more
Bar des Pres - Parisian chef Cyril Lignac serves up a Franco-Japanese menu in Mayfair where dishes like the seared chutoro come with fried potato sticks and jalapeño vinaigrette.
123V - Chef Alex Gauthier’s vegan restaurant in-store at Fenwick has its own vegan sushi counter.
Maru - This sees the folk at Taka rework their original Shepherd Market restaurant into a 20-course omakase offering. It's literally just opened.
Kurisu Omakase is a weekend popup restaurant in Brixton. As the name suggests it serves up a 20-course omakase menu. With only six seats due to current Covid restrictions, this might be the newest hardest sushi restaurant to get a seat at in London.
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