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Restaurants, Japanese Mayfair
4 out of 5 stars
5 out of 5 stars
(11user reviews)
Chisou (Andy Parsons)
Andy Parsons
Chisou (Andy Parsons)
Andy Parsons

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

A smart Japanese restaurant in Mayfair.

Chisou was in the same Mayfair spot for 16 years before the owners decided to change things up a little. Now, the Princes Street original is no more but this new, bigger site has opened on Woodstock Street, just around the corner.

It’s beautiful inside: light and airy, with lots of pale oak tables, a calming wall of sake bottles at the entrance and an open sushi counter so you can watch the chefs at work while you eat. On our lunchtime visit it was buzzy, relaxed and the service was lovely. Just the right amount of bustle: no one rushing you through your meal.

Cold dishes are its strong suit. A favourite was the horenso salad starter: fresh spinach leaves, beautifully arranged into a spiral, with crispy, spicy pieces of prawn topped with a creamy yuzu sauce and some ultra-thin fried, spiralised carrot for texture. Next up, three different types of perfect sashimi (yellowtail fin, salmon and prawn) and some delicious inside-out rolls with soft-shell crab. From the hot selection, the fried chicken karaage had an excellent bubbly batter, while the skewered chicken tsukune (meatballs) were nicely breaded and juicy.

The bill was on the steep side, but this was top-notch sushi in a truly lovely spot – it was absolutely worth the price. If you’re on a budget, stick to the cold stuff, or go at lunch and you’ll find a slightly cheaper menu. If you love sushi and don’t mind paying for it? Splash out and go for the real deal.

By: Kelly Pigram



Address: 22 Woodstock Street
Transport: Tube: Oxford Circus
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £120.
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5 out of 5 stars

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Timeout came a long time ago!! Make sure you get a sushi counter seat in front of head chef Kodi san. Ask for the best fish that day and let him take care of your meal. You won't want to go anywhere else. 

Great authentic Japanese in central London. Chef Kodi is very friendly and always remembers me!

Food is stunningly fresh and tasty, staffs are friendly and professional. place you want to take your love ones.

My favourite Japanese. Unpretentious great fresh Japanese food. I've been going there for eight years and have not had a bad meal.

Non in europe there`s a Japanese restaurant like Chisou, fantastic fresh fish and tremendous sake list. Do not hesitate to ask any member of staff for sake reccomendations as they`ll guide you through the entire list to reccomend you the best for your food.

Im a frequent visitor to Japan, and when i am at home in London, Chisou is my favourite Japanese Restaurant.

You reviewer certainly went to a different restaurant too, or perhaps he was just feeling grumpy that night. Mrs Diner and I went for lunch last week: the sashimi (particularly the mackerel) was outstanding, we had buttery, melting braised eel sushi, quality soft shelled crabs, and very good fried bean curd. I loved the beef (far too much, even for us) and the range of sakis was impressive. Warning: the portions are huge, particularly the "appetisers". And at £72 for two without drinks, this was not too pricey for what turned into quite a banquet. Oh, and the service was extraordinarily attentive (though one person - just one - needs a can of Sure. Please tell her quickly, rest of the staff, as I'm returning next week!).

Sounds like Frank went to a different restaurant! Chisou is often mentioned as one of, if not, 'the' best sushi restaurant in London! Like the decor, the prices and service are not pretentious either. - I have eaten there at least 10 times and taken many friends there. The service has always been superb.

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