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London’s best new sushi spots

Posted by Sophie Dening on November 20th, 2008

Best sushi in London? Tsunami on Charlotte StreetI used to be a bit wary of Japanese restaurants in London, thinking they were the preserve of chief execs with their opposite numbers over from Tokyo. Here are no less than four new ‘uns aimed at more of a good-time crowd.

On the King’s Road in Chelsea, Sushinho (pronounced a bit like Ronaldinho) offers Brazilian-style sushi; they’re nuts about Japanese food in Rio. That means there’s churrasco and lobster on the menu, as well as tempura and hand rolls.

Tsunami sushi restaurant in LondonTsunami, at the less-crowded end of Charlotte Street, W1 (pictured left), is a sibling to the Clapham original of the same name, and could also be a sweet little sister to Roka: its new-style sashimi (we loved the seabass momiji) is equally yumsters and a fair bit cheaper.

Third off, there’s Kumo in Knightsbridge, a stylish cocktail bar with food devised by former chefs from Zuma and Nobu.

Finally, north London takeout chain Me Love Sushi has opened an informal eat-in restaurant in Swiss Cottage. That’s a lot of sushi – lucky it’s so good for us!


18 Responses to “London’s best new sushi spots”

  1. me love sushi!!!!!!! When I was in london, I didn’t get to eat any b/c of my budget but now that the dollar is better, next time I go back, I plan on eating some. I hear London has amazing sushi.

    By Nomadic Matt

  2. But you forgot Alan Yau’s latest, Sake No Hana Katy and I enjoyed a well deserved meal here, bleary-eyed after a long day of non-stop meetings at the World Travel Market. We survived WTM but both experienced minor heart failure at the price of a glass of white wine here! Tap water please, thank you. Our food was delicious though and the simple decor subtle-y stunning.

    By Mary Garvin

  3. Thanks Mary — I haven’t been yet but hear intriguing things.

    @Nomadic Matt, for amazing value, reluctant as I am to share my all-time favourite (there’s usually a queue, come lunchtime), try Kulu Kulu on Brewer Street in Soho (branches in Covent Garden and South Kensington). It’s a no-frills kaiten sushi joint (so you help yourself from a conveyor belt), with friendly, swift staff and high standards of sushi slicing. The tempura hand rolls are awesome.

    By Sophied

  4. EEK! Don’t tell everyone about the tempura hand rolls at Kulu Kulu! That’s top secret insider London information. Damn I love those things. 2 to 3 of those bad boys plus a couple of helpings of spinach with peanut sauce and I’m in heaven.

    By Mary Garvin

  5. Yum. Centrepoint Sushi in Tottenham Court Road is my all-time favourite, but always good to hear about new places to try.

    By zooeyibz

  6. Thanks for this post. Will stop by these places when I finally travel to London. So far I love the veggie sushi at Yo! Sushi and I’ve heard Hi Sushi Salsa in Camden is fantastic.

    By Erica

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  8. Kulu Kulu hand rolls… mmmmmn

    By Lucy

  9. good suggestions, I want to be a sushi chef and learn the amazing oyogu hone technique. Do you know where I can learn this?

    By jammy

  10. check out in Maida Vale. the newest and biggest hit of sushi in London – Sharon Osbourn eat there last week.

    By Jakob

  11. I stumbled upon your round-up last week looking to sushi myself up on a trip to see a lady friend in London this past weekend. On your recommendation we visited Tsunami (the big daddy restaurant down in Clapham), and were suitably impressed! Can definitely recommend the unagi (eel to the uninitiated) – easily the best I’ve had outside Japan. I expected the prices to be as eye-watering as the wasabi, but it was cheaper than I expected. I’ll be back!

    By India Steve

  12. This is THE best sushi around. Love it!!

    Easily five stars!!

    By Paul M

  13. The sushi at Me Love Sushi is fantastic. I have been to the one in Swiss Cottage a few times and we used to order regular deliveries from there Mill Hill Branch. The Fish is so fresh, and their choice of hot dishes makes it so easy to fall in love with the place. Anyone not been to their Swiss Cottage branch, I really recommend it. The place is awesome and the staff are first class. Paula

    By Paula

  14. Kulu Kulu (S.Kensington/Soho/Covent Garden)and Cafe Japan in Golder’s Green are the best!

    By Christina

  15. Sushinho, been there a few times as my boyfriend just lives around the corner, we both figured tho- way too overpriced for what u get, there r much better sushi places in london, like ‘Roka’ which is also interior and crowd wise the same, but food is much better. A + for tsunami- especially the original one in Clapham is fantastic. If you look for authentic japanese- go to Tomoe or Hiro Sushi- interior might not be at high end, but quality, prices and service is amazing! thats the real sushi! ;)

    By Cornelia

  16. @Cornelia about Tsunami in Clapham, I couldn’t agree with you more, it’s a great place. At first I thought it was too trendy-yuppie-modern for a Japanese restaurant, but I loved it, both the ambiance and the food!

    By Mathias

  17. How about Edo? It was recently voted one of the top five takeaways in the UK: Not been there myself, but might try it out next time I get a sushi craving.

    By Charlotte

  18. Hoping to see the beautiful Sakura-celebrating cherry-blossom installation at Sake No Hana currently…

    By Lucy Fennings

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