Jiji is a Japanese-Israeli restaurant opening in Islington Square from the founder of Sumosan

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What: Jiji

In a nutshell: Japanese-Israeli fusion restaurant for Islington

Summing it all up: The restaurateur who brought us Sumosan has brought in the former head chef of The Palomar for this new Islington restaurant.

The low-down

Islington residents can look forward to an interesting restaurant opening their way this summer. Jiji is a new concept from Janina Wolkow, the restaurateur behind Sumosan, the Japanese restaurant which now has outposts across the world. She's opening Jiji in the Islington Square development off Upper Street.

The fusion restaurant will serve a menu inspired by Japanese and Israeli cuisines. In practice, that means dishes like flamed aubergine with tahini jalapeno alongside blow-torched scallop nigiri with creme fraiche and ikura.

The restaurant's Executive Chef at Jiji is Bubker Belkhit, who helped found Sumosan with Janina and he'll be working with the former Head Chef of The Palomar Jeremy Borrow, so there's real promise here.

I believe that Tel Aviv and Tokyo are two of the most innovative culinary capitals of the world." says Janina. "In Tel Aviv, the way that chefs combine unusual flavours is very creative and inspiring, they favour raw fish dishes, and clean, fresh flavours which led me to the conclusion that a combination of Japanese dishes alongside Israeli could really work.


More about Jiji

Where is it? 6G Esther Anne Place, London N1 1WL

When does it open? Late June 2021

How to book: Email info@jijirestaurants.com

Find out more: Visit their website or follow them on Instagram @jijirestaurant


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