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No sign of a recession at Tsunami: on our weekend visit, smartly dressed thirtysomethings packed the place. This suburban sushi restaurant and cocktail bar has found a recipe for success and is sticking to it. The international waiting staff were warm and welcoming, the dining room glam but not intimidating, and the menu packed with modern Japanese crowd-pleasers.

We began with a salad of beef tataki: seared slices of tender beef layered over rocket, beansprouts and red onion, dressed with sesame seeds and tangy, yuzu-based vinaigrette. Next, golden tempura-battered vegetables came in all textures, from soft sweet potato to chewy shiitake mushroom or crunchy lotus root. Sushi arrived beautifully presented on glazed earthenware, with slightly sweet, melt-in-the-mouth white tuna sashimi best enjoyed unadorned; dragon roll maki, combining sweet eel, avocado and tempura prawns, showed off the chefs’ skills.

The larger ‘main course’ section, dominated by meats in wasabi-based sauces, is somewhat tacky – head instead for the specials, where you might find crisp-skinned sea bass on a bed of braised gai lan (chinese broccoli). The small adjoining cocktail bar is a safe bet for pre- or post-prandial drinks.

Venue name: Tsunami
Address: 5-7 Voltaire Road
Opening hours: Lunch served 12.30-4pm Sat, Sun. Dinner served 6-10.30pm Mon-Thur; 6-11pm Fri; 5.30-11pm Sat; 6-9.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Clapham North tube
Price: Main courses £7.70-£19.50. Set lunch (Sat, Sun) £15 2 courses
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Emma S

I loved it here but it is not that great for vegetarians (perhaps to be expected for a Japanese restaurant). The starters are great - try the miso aubergine - but the mains jus weren't that interesting. I loved my teriyaki salmon and the range of sushi was amazing. The dining room is beautiful and there are lots of trendy locals propping up the bar with interesting cocktails. The staff are lovely and the price wasn't too bad for the quality of the food and wine. 

rebecca b

Incredible food, incredible service. Will definitely be going back. Worth every penny. A great meal to top a great night. Thanks. 

Sarah J Peach

I've been eating and recommending this place for years - they've packed in more tables over the years but that's because it's so damn good.  The addition of the bar means if you can't get in immediately or haven't booked (recommended) then you can have a few gorgeous cocktails while you wait.  The menu has changed a bit since 2005 but the best dishes are the ones that have pleased the crowds for years:  Gin Dara (Miso cod) / Kataifi prawns / salmon or tuna tartare / scallops / seaweed salad / foie gras sushi / etc  - I also recommend the passion fruit martinis.  For guaranteed tasty quality, it is worth every penny and, as a local, I can't recommend it more highly than I do, which is by going there regularly and testing always to see if it's as good as the time before:  and it always is...  SJP

Kim Fleming

Excellent food, I didn't know what to have but got great help and recommendations, drinks where yummy too, will be back soon


Excellent Sushi and Sashimi very attentive but not pushy service and good cocktails. Also try the specials. Was here for the second time and amazed at the good quality food at reasonable prices. Only complaints are sometimes diners are sat very close to each other.


The food wasn't great. The portions were too small and overpriced. We felt disappointed and ripped off.


I went to tsunami last night. My friends and I enjoyed a superb meal and excellent service. I could not fault it. I would highly recommend The beef bulgogi and the pork belly.

Cat Davies

A gorgeous restaurant with incredible food, unsurpassed cocktails and wonderful service. We visited Tsunami on our anniversary and it was a very special evening. The staff automatically asked to put our bouquet in water and displayed them for us. They were extremely attentive, very polite and knowledgable about the food and the drinks. The food was delicious. Teriyaki salmon was to die for, along with tempura vegetables, a delicious side of noodles, battered squid with a wonderfully zesty japanese mayo with green chillies and a heavenly sticky toffee pudding. It was all exquisitely presented. The cocktails - a umami and a strawberry martini - smelled like perfume - beautifully fragrant. A dream of an evening for us and quite the find. It was also very easy to get to and to find.