Restaurants, Japanese Mayfair
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© Kevin Nicholson

Despite the modern interior – pale wood, cream walls – this Mayfair restaurant (just off Regent Street) is traditional at heart. Oshibori (hand towels) are presented on arrival, service is low-key and considered, and saké is taken seriously (the lengthy list offers not only tasting notes, but also more detailed information on the region each bottle comes from).

The chefs pride themselves on the sushi and sashimi here – and the sourcing certainly can’t be knocked. A plump botan prawn was served fanned on top of a nigiri rice pellet with an unusual accompaniment of the deep-fried head. Also from the deep-fryer, a chef’s special of mini octopus in light batter (kodako no karaage) was pleasingly tender, with a citrus tang from the accompanying lemon. A summery dish of cucumber with pearls of sweet and salty barley miso was tasty too, though the decorative carving made the chunky cucumber a little tricky to eat elegantly.

At times we’ve found the service a little distant at Chisou, but become a regular (there are plenty) and you’re sure to be treated with more warmth. There's also a branch in Knightsbridge.



Venue name: Chisou
Address: 4 Princes Street
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-2.30pm, dinner served 6-10.30pm Mon-Sat. Meals served 1-9.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Oxford Circus
Price: Main courses £12-£25. Set lunch £14.50-£20.50
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Mark M

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. 

Perrin B

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

Rick H.

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

Jeff J

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

Michael Caine

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.

Secret Diner

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!).

Jason S

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.

james b
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No 4 Chisou mayfair , chinese restaurant .Most of all waitresses are chinese and never lookafter to customers and talking too much in chinese language. That is so ugly..