Kulu Kulu

Covent Garden
4 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(11user reviews)

Repeated visits in recent months have shown that this longstanding branch (there's one in Knightsbridge and another in Soho) is one of London's best low-priced outlets for Japanese small dishes. And it's not just the raw fish, either – though the quality there is very high. Cooked dishes, epecially anything deep-fried, are superlative when freshly made; a good reason to sit near the beginning of the conveyor belt on the right-hand side of the restaurant. Better still is to get dishes made to order – the staff are normally very obliging about this.

Don't go if you want to linger at length, or if ambiance matters: no kaiten sushi (conveyor belt) is right for those occasions. But if you want high quality, and the chance for a quick in-and-out, you can't do much better than this wonderful place. A light meal can cost just £10 a head. If you spend £15 a head you'll be eating generously. Only quibble about the food: sometimes the sushi rice is a little too starchy at the centre. But this is a minor quibble. Kulu Kulu is one of the best budget-priced places to eat in Covent Garden.


By: Richard Ehrlich


Venue name: Kulu Kulu
Address: 51-53 Shelton Street
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-2.30pm Mon-Fri; noon-3.30pm Sat. Dinner served 5-10pm Mon-Sat.
Transport: Tube: Covent Garden
Price: Dishes £1.50-£3.60.
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Average User Rating

4.3 / 5

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This is an absolute no FUSS and inexpensive sushi joint! Yes, it's not  your typical sushi restaurant that decorates your plate with unnecessary things. You go there just for the food and nothing else. This is not a place where you would find different types of sushi rolls but rather simple rolls, of course you can request the sushi chef to make something for you too. It's not fancy, it's meant to be quick, fresh and good. I'd choose this over Itsu any day. Order their sashmi, spice tuna handroll and avacado tempura salmon hand roll (my fav). Enjoy!

Cheap and cheerful but top quality sushi = great value… Particularly good when you’re in a rush / starving – the conveyor belt of sushi goodness means that you can get stuck in straight away. Not so great for a romantic 1st date - think stark overhead lighting as opposed to candle lit – but perfect for catching up with a close mate after work. I recommend the fresh salmon nigiri and soft shell crab hand rolls – yummy!


Good selection of sushi, I particularly like the aubergine and the eel. If you see something on the menu that isn't on the belt yet the staff are good at getting it made quickly. I would also recommend asking for anything hot as an order to make sure its piping hot for you

ropey review as Jon Surley says by someone who doesn't know much about food or sushi. If you are interested in eating Sushi in London then observe the hordes of french people hogging the seats in s ken or the tedious ad industry types doing the same in covent garden. This is not fancy but then neither is the fish market in tokyo...geddit

If you are looking for good sushi, go somewhere else. If you want cheap food that vaguely resembles Japanese then it might be an OK choice. Service isn't great either. The waiter first asked if we wanted something after we had already finished eating.

the best and freshest sushi in town!!! they incresed the prices a little.

Yet again TimeOut got someone to review a food type who has no idea what they're talking about. Great place, although I do hope that they haven't recently used longer grain rice to reduce costs.

Kulu Kulu is my favourite Sushi joint ever and I have tried many! Time Out you got this one so WRONG!

Not sure what planet the Time Out reviewer was on (!) but Kula-Kula is in my view the best 'conveyor' belt chain in London by some way. User comments below speak for themselves - great value; quality produce. Try for yourself!

I get take out from Kulu Kulu a couple of times a week and I just wanted to tell everyone that this is the best and only place worth going to for sushi! The prices are really affordable and the quality is always great. I usually get the mixed sashimi or the salmon roll (16 pieces!!) and it is always delicious. An added plus, the servers are all really helpful and prompt.