London is making waves when it comes to Japanese cuisine. Last year saw only two new restaurants awarded two Michelin stars in the capital, both of them Japanese: The Araki and Umu. That's not to mention the ripples that Jason Atherton's newly opened Japanese venture, Sosharu is making.
When it comes to sushi places, there's no exception, with the world class restaurants being as good as it gets outside of the Land of the Rising Sun. Here are some of our best sushi restaurants in London, from buzzy West End contemporary restaurants to intimate Michelin starred dining in Mayfair.
Best sushi restaurants in London
1. Araki, W1
For an intimate Two Michelin starred night to remember, pull up a pew at the chef's table in this bijoux nine seater restaurant. Guests can get up close and personal as they watch Chef Mitsuhiro Araki , a sushi master at work creating 'edomae sushi'. There are just two sittings per evening. The going rate for omakase is £300, or about $470 US.
Araki12 Burlington Street, W1S 3BHWebsite
2. Umu, W1
For stylish and discreet dining, try two Michelin starred dining at Umu, where chef Yoshinori Ishii makes everything from the seasonally changing sushi to the crockery. A commitment to sustainably sourced fish and an extensive wine list are sure to imbue guests with the feel good factor.
Umu14-16 Bruton Pl, W1J 6LXWebsite
3. The Dinings, W1
Nobu alumni Masaki Sugisaki and Keiji Fuku serve up inventive Japanese style tapas and sushi in comfortable surroundings, described by the Michelin guide as 'a sweet little Japanese place'.
The Dinings22 Harcourt St, W1H 4HHWebsite
4. Zuma, SW7
Classy, contemporary dining at its finest, this hot spot tucked away off Brompton Road has become party central. Seductive cocktails, inventive sushi and a buzzy atmosphere are the perfect recipe for a night out, so it's no surprise the concept has recently been exported to New York.
Zuma5 Raphael St, SW7 1DLWebsite
5. Sumosan, W1
It's not just the A–list celebrity guests that make this place a talking point but the unusual in house creations from crunchy rice "pizza" topped with salmon and tuna roll topped with truffle.
Sumosan 26 B Albemarle Street, W1S 4HYWebsite
6. Kiku, W1
Something of a local institution for Mayfair-ites, this authentic family run restaurant has been serving the neighbourhood since 1978. Simple, no fuss interiors and the freshest of fish make the experience all about the food.
Kiku17 Half Moon Street, W1J 7BEWebsite
7. Oka Robata, W1
Perfectly located for a night out on the tiles in Soho, this interesting restaurant offers twists on the menu, including jalapeño salmon rolls.
Oka RobataFirst floor, Kingly Court, W1B 5PWWebsite
If you jump over to the other side of the pond, Thrillist have put a list together of their favourite 21 Sushi Places in the USA.