A great escape from West End shopping bedlam, calming Chisou is an unobtrusive shoo-in for aficionados of pure-bred traditional Japanese cuisine. The sushi counter flanking this traditional Japanese restaurant in Mayfair takes its art seriously: expect platters of cut rolls tightly wrapped with nori or glistening slices of fish, beautifully presented with slivers of vegetables and dots of wasabi. Sushi connoisseurs are welcome to go off-menu here. There’s also an offshoot in Knightsbridge.
Sushi doesn’t just mean raw fish, rice and seaweed paper – although there’s plenty of excellent examples of that kind in the capital. No, sushi can have many forms: fishy forms, meaty forms and even vegan forms. In London, you can eat it in Michelin-starred restaurants, at long counters and with breathtaking views. Or, if you fancy you can eschew sushi and go for a steaming hot bowl of ramen instead.
Here’s our list of London’s best sushi restaurants covers all this ground and more, so have a browse and then book your next Japanese feast.
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