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Sushi and Robata

  • Restaurants
  • Kensington
  • 3 out of 5 stars

Time Out Says

3 out of 5 stars

A Japanese restaurant at the flagship Whole Foods.

It’s been a long time since I ate in a school canteen but the loud and characterless communal food hall at Whole Foods – home to a number of concessions, plastic trays and hairnets – brought the memories flooding back. I half expected a bigger boy to demand my lunch money. In truth, a couple of the players here are pretty serious: a branch of ramen joint Bone Daddies has just pitched up, and now there’s Sushi and Robata, which comes from prominent sushi chain Genji.

Nearly everything I tried at Sushi and Robata was good, especially some excellent ruby-red tuna nigiri (with rice warm enough to suggest it had just been hand-rolled), some high-quality, super-fresh salmon sashimi and some beautifully tender duck, smoky from the robata grill. In fact the only duds were the skewers of skirt ruined by a topping of watery grated mooli – good neither for texture nor taste.

Prices are far from democratic, but this part of town is a different world entirely and nearly all the tables on our lunchtime visit were taken – mostly by an international crowd with expensive haircuts. They’re clearly not put off by the setting, but then I doubt their school canteen was much like mine.

Written by
Stephen Farmer


1st Floor, Whole Foods Market, The Barkers Building, 63-97 Kensington High Street
W8 5SE
Tube: High Street Kensington
Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £90.
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