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.
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.
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.
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.