Restaurants, Snack bars South Kensington
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There’s a distinct feeling of stepping into the future as you enter this upmarket kaiten-zushi bar. Some tables for four and six are set at right angles to the conveyor-belt so that groups can dine together. Charming waitresses cruise around taking orders for drinks and hot dishes. Upstairs is a darkly intimate bar, where you can wait until your pager (provided at reception) beeps that a feeding place is free. We took up residence in a lavishly cushioned anteroom at the top of the stairs, but scurried back to the bar stools when it was invaded by a clamour of Knightsbridge ‘valley girls’. Tuna sashimi, salmon ‘new style’ and duck crystal rolls from passing bowls (priced by means of discreet coloured rims) were all superb. To follow, beautifully flavoured grilled chicken teriyaki, served with a liquorice-like sauce, yummy tiger prawn tempura with a chilli sauce, and perfect crispy squid in spicy batter, all accompanied by a rather mean bowl of rice (at £1.50). We finished by grabbing a couple of vegetable bowls from the conveyor: edamame and tenderstem broccoli with sesame seeds.


Venue name: Itsu
Address: 118 Draycott Avenue
Opening hours: Meals served noon-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-10pm Sun
Transport: Tube: South Kensington tube
Price: Main courses £3-£8. Set meal £4.50-£9.99 bento box
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