I 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, 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!