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London's best sushi restaurants

Love Japanese cuisine but worried about getting a raw deal? Try these great restaurants for the best sushi and sashimi in London

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Don’t settle for bullet-hard nigiri on a black plastic tray – we’ve chopsticked our way through the best sushi restaurants London has to offer. So whether you're looking for a healthy restaurant option or a bit of a splurge, you'll find it here, Japanese-style. Do you agree with our list? Tell us your favourite sushi bars in the comments below, or tweet us your suggestions.

The best sushi restaurants in London

Chisou

The sushi counter that flanks this traditional Japanese restaurant takes its art seriously: expect platters of thick, glistening slices of fish, beautifully presented with slivers of vegetables and dots of wasabi, or cut rolls tightly wrapped with nori and heaped with coral-pink tarako and a quail’s egg yolk – one of many chef’s specials. Sushi connoisseurs are welcome to go off-menu here – if you know your stuff, the chefs won’t be fazed. To drink, delve into the impressive saké list.

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Mayfair

Dinings

The Nobu alumni behind this converted townhouse are skilled boundary blurrers: at the ground-floor sushi counter, the chefs fuse Modern European and traditional Japanese styles to eye-opening effect, while service is relaxed enough (by Japanese standards) to put gaijins at ease. They like their high-end ingredients here, so expect the bill to reflect your consumption of wagyu beef, foie gras and caviar. However, showier elements are underpinned by excellent fundamentals (that rice!), and the theatre of the experience is free.

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Marylebone

Ikeda

Venue says: “Located in the heart of Mayfair, Ikeda is a traditional Japanese restaurant, serving up cuisine in an exclusive, fine-dining setting.”

This old-school venue may be approaching 40 years in the business, but it’s still got it: its commitment to quality and consistency over jumping onto passing bandwagons has made it a solid destination for smart dinners and business lunches. The sushi selection includes ingredients that are light-years from your local Pret: hokki clam and sea urchin are among the spanking fresh catches of the day. For a gourmet, no-gimmicks sushi experience, Ikeda is hard to beat.

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Mayfair
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Oliver Maki

Venue says: “We offer two lunch bento boxes for only £15 and £25, from noon-4pm on weekdays only!”

If Oliver Maki were your date, you’d describe him as fit, if a bit try-hard – but you wouldn’t forget him. In fact, this sleek, heavily stylised Japanese fusion restaurant is more than worth your time: staff are charming, the portions are sensible, and the flavours in signature dishes such as shiromi yuzu tomato – a beautifully balanced combination of white fish sashimi, tomato and truffle, atop shiso-flavoured granita – remarkable. Some things need improvement, but who’s perfect? Don’t swipe left.

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Soho

Roka

Roka is… very Zuma (it’s part of the same company). And that, for sushi aficionados, is the gold seal of approval. But elegantly presented platters of sushi and sashimi are just one of the delicacies on offer at this izakaya-that-married-well – so splash out on the tasting menu for the full Roka experience. As well as robata-grilled specialities and show-stealing desserts, the menu includes the likes of fancy-pants wagyu sushi with caviar, and perfectly fresh yellowtail sashimi with yuzu-truffle dressing.

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Fitzrovia

So Restaurant

This Soho restaurant is split into two parts: a sushi bar dominates the front of the venue, while in the smart, warmly lit dining room at the back, there’s a wider selection of traditional restaurant dishes. But it’s the sushi that hooks us: the fish is of superb quality, and the specials menu presents more than the usual suspects, all prepared as nigiri, maki temaki, chirashi or sashimi. Meaty versions of sashimi, from wagyu to pork belly, are tasty diversions.

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Soho
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Sosharu

Jason Atherton’s restaurants feature on a LOT of ‘best’ lists; his pimped-up izakaya was clearly among the capital’s big-league Japanese restaurants from the outset. Every plate scores a perfect ten for beauty and flavour, the dining room is special-occasion smart, service is incredible – hell, even the loo seats are pre-warmed. The sushi is predictably excellent: the open tuna temaki (a gourmet Japanese taco – miss it at your peril) demonstrates the kitchen’s ability to walk the tightrope between tradition and innovation.

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Farringdon

Sushi Bar Atariya

This fishmonger and sushi bar is celebrated for the still-flapping freshness of its fish and its customer-friendly prices. The light, neat, nondescript dining room recalls a hotel lobby, and boasts perhaps the only bare-brick walls left in London that haven’t been deliberately scuffed into trendiness. The sushi, however, is anything but bland – order the expertly prepared lesser-spotted fish varieties for proof. For a more central sushi fix, try the company’s bar and takeaway in Marylebone.

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West Acton

Sushisamba

We all know sushi is expensive. And sushi in the City? Even more. We’re also aware that anywhere with decent views of London will shamelessly hike up its prices. But when your wallet is feeling fat, the sushi at this Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian showstopper in the Heron Tower won’t leave you feeling short-changed. The signature ‘samba roll’ selection, with its neat morsels of pristine fish, will turn your attention momentarily from the skyline to your dinner: no mean feat.

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Moorgate
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Sushi Tetsu

Anyone wanting a reservation at this seven-seater sushi bar needs three things: the ability to follow detailed instructions, other-worldly patience, and the cash to splash when their time comes. For this husband-and-wife operation competes with the best sushi bars in Tokyo, let alone London. Each mouthful is prepared by hand in front of you by the owner: the glistening grains of rice are the perfect texture, temperature and flavour; the shimmering slivers of superlative fish only minimally seasoned. Sushi heaven.

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Clerkenwell
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Comments

48 comments
Sammy G
Sammy G

Stayed in last week was feeling the blues, so i ordered from this place youmesushi and wow the sushi was amazing. It melt in your mouth sushi and very good value too. Probably the best sushi in London that I've had in London.

Emily H
Emily H

HOJA on Upper street in N1 London is one of the best I have tried with reasonable price.

Alexandra G
Alexandra G

Reluctant to share this secret but, Zaibatsu in Greenwich. Gorgeous sushi, amazing presentation and Far Too Cheap. Oh, and it's BYOB too....

Peter M
Peter M

Kulu Kulu in South Kensington is great, very nice soft shell crab rolls!

Emily K
Emily K

Pop Art Sushi in Vauxhall!!! - little art gallery by day, sushi restaurant by night! They have beautiful dishes created in the style of artists (I recommend The Warhol's), and the rainbow uramaki is to DIE FOR!

Jo J
Jo J

Gon Sushi in Uxbridge! In a little pub called The Load of Hay, but oh MY GOD, that sushi is good. Fresh, and just beautiful. I've never had anything like it. And it's so reasonable because just outside London.

pingus p
pingus p

@Jo J  yes yes love it to death, the katsu curry is to die for (1 pount extra for double chicken)
only downside is that because its such a small establishment - it takes an hour for your food to be served.

yoshi n
yoshi n

Rather surprised to see no one has yet to mention Cafe Japan in Golders Green - high quality sushi (Edomae-style), reasonable price, good selection of Shochu - if you like proper sushi, Cafe Japan is worth a try. 

Ami
Ami

Nakama in Crouch end has the best sushi I've ever tried in London. The fish is super fresh and the chef is properly trained and skilled. It's got an excellent selection of hot dishes too and a great atmosphere!

Shazza
Shazza

I will probably regret writing it here but the best sushi I have had outside of Japan is Fuji Foods in Hornsey. It is take away only but it is amazing- proper melt in your mouth sushi.

Lawless
Lawless

No mention of dotori in Finsbury Park? Criminal. Best Prawn Tempura the world has ever seen.

Karina
Karina

I often go to the top Japanese eateries in London, but on this occasion I popped into what seemed a casual dine sushi shop in Marylebone and I must say that Youmesushi really stands out as the best, especially for sushi/sashimi, the portions are very generous and sashimi just melts in your mouth. The cooked dishes are also excellent. The best is there chicken katsu curry, absolutely brilliant full of flavour and just so yum.

Sarah
Sarah

the best Sushi i ever had is at Eat Sushi in Kensal Rise,north west London,the best Softshell crab roll and Takoyak i ever had so fresh and delicious...

JJ
JJ

Atari-ya used to be one of the great sushi gems of London. Great sushi for a reasonable price. But they decided to up their prices by 25% in a single go recently. Whilst the sushi is still very good, the value for money proposition completely changed when they upped their prices. Of course some year-on-year increase is to be expected, but 25% in one hit is a bit too much to swallow in one gulp.

sam
sam

YouMeSushi has to be the best out there, I have been a long time customer of theirs as they free deliver to my home. But now they just opened a store close to where I work in Tottenham court Rd and the sushi tastes soo good...They do this tuna roll thats got this sauce that comes with it and wow : )

Denise
Denise

I really like Wasabi's sushi - it is extremely affordable, fresh, chefs are Asian and it just tastes delicious... Now that they offer deliveries I can buy some more delicious sushi without having to leave the office... Try it and let me know ;)

Darrin Morrisby
Darrin Morrisby

Tsunami Japanese Restaurant won the SUSHI AWARDS 2012 so I guess they MUST be the best!!!! There is one in Charlotte Street in the Westend and one in Clapham which is South and trust me both are incredible!!!

Thomas
Thomas

I think that new open resturant " SushidesArtistes" is most interesting restaurant, it is so unique!! Sushi, Flying Salmon, hot food is great mixed Japan and french !! If you are Sushi Lover , you have to try !! I think this restaurant is going to change London Sushi World !!

Zaphia
Zaphia

Chisou restaurant in Mayfair has some of the freshest sushi I have had to date in London - I tried the catch of the day sushi and seaweed with dipping sauce. Both were excellent with hot sake ! Japan Centre has an amazing selection compared to most other sushi restaurants. For ex: beef tataki and beef nigiri, scallop and prawn sashimi, spinach salad with sesame dressing !

Red
Red

I cant believe that you haven't mentioned Cape Town Fish Market here - quite simply some of the best Sushi in London. The staff are wonderfully friendly and relaxed. Good prices. Central SPot right near Liberty. Never feels rushed. And the added benefit of fabulous South African wines too.

Nik Frengle
Nik Frengle

As I said before, Sushi HIro is definitely worth a try. My brother in law is a sushi chef in Japan, and I have had a lot of decent sushi in my life, and Sushi Hiro is the best, by far, that I have had in London. Fresh fish, perfectly prepared, you wouldn't find as good in most Tokyo neighbourhoods, and definitely not in my crappy Tochigi, landlocked, neighbourhood.

Masumi
Masumi

Please I am japanese and the only so far is Soseki, the fish is directly sourced from Cornwall an is to sushi standard, where as Japan Cnetre and your Atari-Ya, isn't and is a day late in freshness, so isn't sushi quality

alex
alex

No London sushi list is complete without the wonderful Chisou on Princes Street, between Oxford Circus and Hanover Square. The finest sushi and sashimi in W1, nice room, friendly service, and deeply glamorous clientele from Vogue House over the road...

Darrin
Darrin

Ever tried Tsunami? Great sushi!

rossco
rossco

Amberjack on Hoxton Square does delicious sushi. It's really fresh and so reasonable, the black rice maki and torched nigiri are my favourites. Also worth a try are the dan dan noodles. I succumbed to the Yo! Sushi 40% offer recently and regretted it almost immediately. Places like Amberjack are far superior and at a fraction of the price. Good beer there too.

Nick
Nick

I am a big fan of the little takeaway joint Sushi-So on Endell St in Covent Garden. Always delicious, fresh...and cheap! They also sell imported beer etc.

sofia
sofia

Atari-Ya - has lost its original qualities long ago

david whiteman
david whiteman

asolutely i agree.I visit atari-ya sushi regularly.you know I tried their dragon roll with eel,something new fantastic.very creative.

lasantha
lasantha

I love sushi all my life.My japanese friend recommend me atariya at james street as it is his and his family's favourite sushi place.I Must say I went to japan several times and tried sushi at many places.And this littleplace is a one of the best.I honestly love the taste,freshness,and very affordable price even though its asmall place with few tables inside and outside definitely worth trying.also its a very busy place.I and my all friends agree,this is one of a very best,and high quality sushi place in london.you should try their salmon vocado,beautifull rainbow roll,outstanding otoro with oshinko roll,seared otoro nigiri,scollop with shiso nigiri,treated seabass nigiri, ask sushi omakase mmm...you will be amazed....No.1 and they definitely deserved to be.

Sakura
Sakura

Tried Atari-ya on the basis of these recommendations, and it was awful. The staff were rude and it is impossible to get seating. Plus, they put mayonnaise and hard, unripe avocado in the salmon avocado roll. The nigiri were mediocre. I really would not recommend it. I would recommend Sushi Hiro though.

joe
joe

you suckers paying so much for sushi, when the best is located at the japan centre!

Matt
Matt

Tajima-Tei on Leather Lane EC1 is worth a look. There are usually Japanese diners in there.

sally
sally

Hey all, none of their sushi/sashimi from the comments does like Sushi Hiro or Sushi of Shiori !!! Specialized in sushi & sashimi with reasonable price!!!

Nik Frengle
Nik Frengle

I agree about Sushi Hiro, but be warned that a reservation is usually needed, and they don't take debit or credit cards. I often have been there for Saturday lunch after my son finishes at the Japanese Saturday School, which is not far away. The clientele, aside from a few weird Western papas like myself, is almost entirely Japanese, which is a good sign. The fact that the sushi chefs themselves are also Japanese is also a very good sign, and in my experience with a lot of sushi restaurants in London, unusual. It isn't that only Japanese can make sushi, but it is the case that 99.9% of the world's best-trained sushi chefs are Japanese.

Davina Askew
Davina Askew

I lived in Japan for 2 years and have been a lover of Japanese cuisine ever since. I've trawled London to find good Japanese food that doesn't cost the earth...it's harder than you would think! The best restaurant without a shadow of a doubt is Kiraku in Ealing Common-http://kirakulondon.wordpress.com/ .The freshest most delicious Japanse food in town

skype
skype

Miyama on knightrider st is a small restaurant but the fresh fish is great and prices are cheap.

marcus
marcus

Amberjack in hoxton sq great choice of sushi made to order, try the black rice rolls!

Kate
Kate

The sushi at Tsuru in Canvey Street near the Tate is awesome. I could eat their cornish crab hand-rolls everyday for the rest of my life. Or the salmon and avacado, Or both... Yummmmmmm Oh, and the beer is cold too :)

Emmanuelle
Emmanuelle

I've been going to TenTenTei on Brwer street for years... love that place!

Janice
Janice

Sushi- Say is definitely worth crossing town for but keep your eyes open as it's easy to miss. The only diners there were Japanese....says it all!

Yuki
Yuki

As a Japanese person I must admit it's hard to find good sushi places in London... but there are a few which are pretty good and my Japanese mates would be happy to pay for. Try: Yoshino in Shaftesbury Avenue, and it's main restauran Yoshino in Picadilly lane near Waterstones in Picadilly. Also Saki in Farringdon does good sushi with fresh fish - ask for the daily specials because only Japanese people ask and get them! Ribon on high holborn behind City Thameslink is also good and fairly inexpensive for the quality. Otherwise... no offence but if you are after the real deal from Japan and not a western take like Pham, Yo, Samurai etc, I wouldn't bother!

Emma
Emma

Maki in Richmond do amazing sushi, I live in Tooting but after a friend intporduced me to this place I often make the two hour round trip for their Salmon Skin Rolls - Delicious!

Will
Will

Maki Yaki near South Wimbledon tube! Korean take on sushi... absolutely fantastic and great for taking people who have never had sushi before. Not being in zone 1 gives it the added benefit of being reasonably priced. However, beware the frozen beers... I like cold, but slushy is just wrong.

Leanne
Leanne

The Crunchy Tuna rolls at Pham Sushi on Whitecross Street are out of this world! Definitely my favourite restaurant for sushi!

Mich
Mich

Okawari in Ealing the fish is always fresh and its great value for money.

Adam
Adam

Try Yoshino near piccadilly circus for lunch during the week. Still the best Sushi i've had in London and cheaper than chips.

Lisa
Lisa

Okawari on Lisle street is delicious