London's best sushi restaurants

Love Japanese cuisine but worried about getting a raw deal? Try these great restaurants for the best sushi and sashimi in London

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Don’t settle for bullet-hard nigiri in a black plastic tray – take a look at the best sushi restaurants in London and get ready to tuck in. Do you agree with the choices? Use the comments box below or tweet your suggestions.


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Atariya

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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With its minimalist blond wood decor and prominent sushi counter, Atariya would sit just as comfortably in a Tokyo suburb as it does in Ealing. The selection, too, is authentic, and more diverse than other London sushi bars. Alongside the usual salmon and tuna, you’ll find natto (slimy and potent fermented soya beans) and less common ingredients such as razor clam, while hard-to-get-right toppings such as squid and scallop are perfect. For a central London lunch, try the Atariya takeaway near Bond Street station (20 James St, W1U 1EH).

  1. 1 Station Parade, (Uxbridge Road), W5 3LD
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Dinings

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Headed up by two Nobu alumni, this cosy Marylebone restaurant unusually pulls off an East/West fusion. Seared wagyu beef nigiri with truffle salsa and ponzu (soy sauce and citrus) jelly is a regular crowd-pleaser, while lobster, turbot and caviar also feature in abundance. Your bank balance might take a hammering after a meal at Dinings, but for special occasions – and to try innovative dishes – it’s worth it. Set lunches (£16.70-£25.50) also make a more affordable option.

  1. 22 Harcourt Street, W1H 4HH
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Shiori

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
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After leaving top-rated Mayfair restaurant Umu, chef Takashi Takagi set up Sushi of Shiori – one of our favourite spots – in Euston. Takagi closed his sushi bar in 2012, and returned to his Kyoto roots to open this kaiseki (Japanese haute cuisine) restaurant in Bayswater specialising in intricate, multi-course meals which all include a sushi course. If you’re not feeling flush (set meals start at £65), then go for lunch when the cheapest set featuring salmon sushi costs £28.50 for four courses.

  1. 45 Moscow Road, W2 4AH
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So Japanese

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4

There’s plenty of space at this mid-priced Soho restaurant’s curved counter to watch the itamae (sushi chefs) crafting their rice-based bites. Though the chefs here mix Eastern and Western flavours, when it comes to sushi, it’s best to order the classics. Check out the specials blackboard for what’s freshest on the day, or go for the always-available, and decent, temaki and chirashi options.

  1. 3-4 Warwick Street, W1B 5LS
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Sushi-Say

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

This Willesden Green restaurant has developed a loyal following over the last two decades. The jovial chef-proprietor greets you from behind the sushi bar, before his wife escorts you to one of the tables in the small dining room. Sashimi and nigiri toppings are sliced thickly here, and the quality is always impeccable. Be sure to look for the lesser-spotted items on the menu: this is one of the few places where you’ll find options such as sweet and firm-fleshed surf-clam nigiri, or salmon skin hosomaki.

  1. 33B Walm Lane, NW2 5SH
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Sushi Tetsu

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
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Size isn’t everything when it comes to sushi restaurants: even the smallest venues can have big reputations. Since opening in July 2012, this seven-seat sushi bar in Clerkenwell has proved so popular that finding a perch is nigh-on impossible. Try your luck, though, as chef Toru Takahashi offers one of the most authentic Japanese sushi experiences in London. Opt for the omakase (chef’s choice) if your budget can stretch to it (£50 to £70 per head), then sit back and let the artfully crafted pieces keep on coming. Other sets start from £15.50, and there are also à la carte options.

  1. 12 Jerusalem Passage, EC1V 4JP
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Yashin Sushi

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
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It’s not often a restaurant experience blows you away, but the fashionable Yashin in Kensington isn’t your average sushi joint. The sushi here is not just excellent, it’s also innovative. Behind the counter the industrious itamae (chefs) turn out perfectly compressed nigiri topped with precisely sliced fish. Some are finished with the lick of a blowtorch, others a dab of truffle oil. The chefs here ask you to eat your sushi un-dipped as they don’t want the soy sauce to overpower each morsel’s delicate flavour. A second branch is due to open in South Kensington this summer.

  1. 1A Argyll Road, W8 7DB
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Yoshino

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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Like Atariya (above), Yoshino is a fish supply company as well as a restaurant, which means it has no trouble getting hold of lustrous fresh fish. The bulk of this Mayfair restaurant’s seating is on the first floor, but the chefs are on the ground floor, so this isn’t the place to come for a ringside view. The menu has been expanded lately, but the chirashi is still one of our favourite options. Presented in a lacquered box, it’s scattered with shredded mangetout, glistening orbs of orange salmon roe and obligatory sashimi.

  1. 3 Piccadilly Place, W1J 0DB
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40 comments
Ami
Ami

Nakama in Crouch end has the best sushi I've ever tried in London. The fish is super fresh and the chef is properly trained and skilled. It's got an excellent selection of hot dishes too and a great atmosphere!

Shazza
Shazza

I will probably regret writing it here but the best sushi I have had outside of Japan is Fuji Foods in Hornsey. It is take away only but it is amazing- proper melt in your mouth sushi.

Lawless
Lawless

No mention of dotori in Finsbury Park? Criminal. Best Prawn Tempura the world has ever seen.

Karina
Karina

I often go to the top Japanese eateries in London, but on this occasion I popped into what seemed a casual dine sushi shop in Marylebone and I must say that Youmesushi really stands out as the best, especially for sushi/sashimi, the portions are very generous and sashimi just melts in your mouth. The cooked dishes are also excellent. The best is there chicken katsu curry, absolutely brilliant full of flavour and just so yum.

Sarah
Sarah

the best Sushi i ever had is at Eat Sushi in Kensal Rise,north west London,the best Softshell crab roll and Takoyak i ever had so fresh and delicious...

JJ
JJ

Atari-ya used to be one of the great sushi gems of London. Great sushi for a reasonable price. But they decided to up their prices by 25% in a single go recently. Whilst the sushi is still very good, the value for money proposition completely changed when they upped their prices. Of course some year-on-year increase is to be expected, but 25% in one hit is a bit too much to swallow in one gulp.

sam
sam

YouMeSushi has to be the best out there, I have been a long time customer of theirs as they free deliver to my home. But now they just opened a store close to where I work in Tottenham court Rd and the sushi tastes soo good...They do this tuna roll thats got this sauce that comes with it and wow : )

Denise
Denise

I really like Wasabi's sushi - it is extremely affordable, fresh, chefs are Asian and it just tastes delicious... Now that they offer deliveries I can buy some more delicious sushi without having to leave the office... Try it and let me know ;)

Darrin Morrisby
Darrin Morrisby

Tsunami Japanese Restaurant won the SUSHI AWARDS 2012 so I guess they MUST be the best!!!! There is one in Charlotte Street in the Westend and one in Clapham which is South and trust me both are incredible!!!

Thomas
Thomas

I think that new open resturant " SushidesArtistes" is most interesting restaurant, it is so unique!! Sushi, Flying Salmon, hot food is great mixed Japan and french !! If you are Sushi Lover , you have to try !! I think this restaurant is going to change London Sushi World !!

Zaphia
Zaphia

Chisou restaurant in Mayfair has some of the freshest sushi I have had to date in London - I tried the catch of the day sushi and seaweed with dipping sauce. Both were excellent with hot sake ! Japan Centre has an amazing selection compared to most other sushi restaurants. For ex: beef tataki and beef nigiri, scallop and prawn sashimi, spinach salad with sesame dressing !

Red
Red

I cant believe that you haven't mentioned Cape Town Fish Market here - quite simply some of the best Sushi in London. The staff are wonderfully friendly and relaxed. Good prices. Central SPot right near Liberty. Never feels rushed. And the added benefit of fabulous South African wines too.

Nik Frengle
Nik Frengle

As I said before, Sushi HIro is definitely worth a try. My brother in law is a sushi chef in Japan, and I have had a lot of decent sushi in my life, and Sushi Hiro is the best, by far, that I have had in London. Fresh fish, perfectly prepared, you wouldn't find as good in most Tokyo neighbourhoods, and definitely not in my crappy Tochigi, landlocked, neighbourhood.

Masumi
Masumi

Please I am japanese and the only so far is Soseki, the fish is directly sourced from Cornwall an is to sushi standard, where as Japan Cnetre and your Atari-Ya, isn't and is a day late in freshness, so isn't sushi quality

alex
alex

No London sushi list is complete without the wonderful Chisou on Princes Street, between Oxford Circus and Hanover Square. The finest sushi and sashimi in W1, nice room, friendly service, and deeply glamorous clientele from Vogue House over the road...

Darrin
Darrin

Ever tried Tsunami? Great sushi!

rossco
rossco

Amberjack on Hoxton Square does delicious sushi. It's really fresh and so reasonable, the black rice maki and torched nigiri are my favourites. Also worth a try are the dan dan noodles. I succumbed to the Yo! Sushi 40% offer recently and regretted it almost immediately. Places like Amberjack are far superior and at a fraction of the price. Good beer there too.

Nick
Nick

I am a big fan of the little takeaway joint Sushi-So on Endell St in Covent Garden. Always delicious, fresh...and cheap! They also sell imported beer etc.

sofia
sofia

Atari-Ya - has lost its original qualities long ago

david whiteman
david whiteman

asolutely i agree.I visit atari-ya sushi regularly.you know I tried their dragon roll with eel,something new fantastic.very creative.

lasantha
lasantha

I love sushi all my life.My japanese friend recommend me atariya at james street as it is his and his family's favourite sushi place.I Must say I went to japan several times and tried sushi at many places.And this littleplace is a one of the best.I honestly love the taste,freshness,and very affordable price even though its asmall place with few tables inside and outside definitely worth trying.also its a very busy place.I and my all friends agree,this is one of a very best,and high quality sushi place in london.you should try their salmon vocado,beautifull rainbow roll,outstanding otoro with oshinko roll,seared otoro nigiri,scollop with shiso nigiri,treated seabass nigiri, ask sushi omakase mmm...you will be amazed....No.1 and they definitely deserved to be.

Sakura
Sakura

Tried Atari-ya on the basis of these recommendations, and it was awful. The staff were rude and it is impossible to get seating. Plus, they put mayonnaise and hard, unripe avocado in the salmon avocado roll. The nigiri were mediocre. I really would not recommend it. I would recommend Sushi Hiro though.

joe
joe

you suckers paying so much for sushi, when the best is located at the japan centre!

Matt
Matt

Tajima-Tei on Leather Lane EC1 is worth a look. There are usually Japanese diners in there.

sally
sally

Hey all, none of their sushi/sashimi from the comments does like Sushi Hiro or Sushi of Shiori !!! Specialized in sushi & sashimi with reasonable price!!!

Nik Frengle
Nik Frengle

I agree about Sushi Hiro, but be warned that a reservation is usually needed, and they don't take debit or credit cards. I often have been there for Saturday lunch after my son finishes at the Japanese Saturday School, which is not far away. The clientele, aside from a few weird Western papas like myself, is almost entirely Japanese, which is a good sign. The fact that the sushi chefs themselves are also Japanese is also a very good sign, and in my experience with a lot of sushi restaurants in London, unusual. It isn't that only Japanese can make sushi, but it is the case that 99.9% of the world's best-trained sushi chefs are Japanese.

Davina Askew
Davina Askew

I lived in Japan for 2 years and have been a lover of Japanese cuisine ever since. I've trawled London to find good Japanese food that doesn't cost the earth...it's harder than you would think! The best restaurant without a shadow of a doubt is Kiraku in Ealing Common-http://kirakulondon.wordpress.com/ .The freshest most delicious Japanse food in town

skype
skype

Miyama on knightrider st is a small restaurant but the fresh fish is great and prices are cheap.

marcus
marcus

Amberjack in hoxton sq great choice of sushi made to order, try the black rice rolls!

Kate
Kate

The sushi at Tsuru in Canvey Street near the Tate is awesome. I could eat their cornish crab hand-rolls everyday for the rest of my life. Or the salmon and avacado, Or both... Yummmmmmm Oh, and the beer is cold too :)

Emmanuelle
Emmanuelle

I've been going to TenTenTei on Brwer street for years... love that place!

Janice
Janice

Sushi- Say is definitely worth crossing town for but keep your eyes open as it's easy to miss. The only diners there were Japanese....says it all!

Yuki
Yuki

As a Japanese person I must admit it's hard to find good sushi places in London... but there are a few which are pretty good and my Japanese mates would be happy to pay for. Try: Yoshino in Shaftesbury Avenue, and it's main restauran Yoshino in Picadilly lane near Waterstones in Picadilly. Also Saki in Farringdon does good sushi with fresh fish - ask for the daily specials because only Japanese people ask and get them! Ribon on high holborn behind City Thameslink is also good and fairly inexpensive for the quality. Otherwise... no offence but if you are after the real deal from Japan and not a western take like Pham, Yo, Samurai etc, I wouldn't bother!

Emma
Emma

Maki in Richmond do amazing sushi, I live in Tooting but after a friend intporduced me to this place I often make the two hour round trip for their Salmon Skin Rolls - Delicious!

Will
Will

Maki Yaki near South Wimbledon tube! Korean take on sushi... absolutely fantastic and great for taking people who have never had sushi before. Not being in zone 1 gives it the added benefit of being reasonably priced. However, beware the frozen beers... I like cold, but slushy is just wrong.

Leanne
Leanne

The Crunchy Tuna rolls at Pham Sushi on Whitecross Street are out of this world! Definitely my favourite restaurant for sushi!

Mich
Mich

Okawari in Ealing the fish is always fresh and its great value for money.

Adam
Adam

Try Yoshino near piccadilly circus for lunch during the week. Still the best Sushi i've had in London and cheaper than chips.

Lisa
Lisa

Okawari on Lisle street is delicious