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hotstonefitz
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
3 Windmill St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 2HY

Having worked for the likes of Tsukiji, Nobu and Zuma, this is Chef Padam Raj Rai's second Hot Stone. It's a steak and sushi bar - so there's all manner of top drawer sushi, lots of it with innovative sauces and toppings, and then a section of steak and seafood to be cooked on the titular hot stones.

supaya
East London
499 Kingsland Road, London E8 4AU

Luke Findlay had been running Supa Ya Ramen as a supperclub, but this is his first permanent restaurant. As with their pop-ups, you can expect what they call "traditionally inauthentic" ramen and this restaurant added lots of extras like roast chicken skin and noodle ice cream with miso caramel for dessert.

jiji
North London
6G Esther Anne Place, London N1 1WL

Jiji is from restaurateur Janina Wolkow, the woman behind celebrity hangout Sumosan. Billed as a Japanese/Middle Eastern fusion restaurant, it's a mix of sushi and sashimi with the kind of dishes you'd expect to find in somewhere like the Palomar.

losmochis
West London
2 Farmer Street, London W8 7SN

This Notting Hill restaurant is from a Middle East restaurateur who has produced this mash-up between Mexican and Japanese cuisines. Alongside tostadas, tiraditos and ceviche, it features the "Gangster Taco menu" with 22 new takes on a taco. And yes, there is plenty of tequila or mezcal on hand (including a tasting flight) on the menu.

sumi
West London
157 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2RS

Having already opened his fabulously-reviewed Endo at the Rotunda, sushi master Endo went one further, opening this new sushi bar in Notting Hill, which went down extremely well with West London folk. Easily one of the best sushi spots in town.

humblechickenint
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
54 Frith St, Soho, London W1D 4SL

This is top chef Angelo Sato's solo Soho restaurant and it's about literally all of the chicken. Every bit of the chicken is put to use in the yakitori menu, so while you can play it safe and choose breast (with plum + shiso) or wing (with shichimi + lemon) you can also opt for Achilles, tail, cartilage and more.

peginterior
East London
120 Morning Lane, London E9 6LH
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10

The P Franco team took over the former Legs restaurant on Morning Lane with an all counter dining and drinking space. Expect a yakitori-inspired menu with lots of skewers.

angelina
East London
56 Dalston Lane, London E8 3AH
Critic reviews - total score out of 10

This Dalston restaurant has a modern take on Japanese and Italian food - resulting in a creative fusion menu that's inspired by both cuisines, while also pushing the envelope. There are omakase tasting menus alongside a la carte, and it also sports a tiny Tokyo-style cocktail bar.

sushionjones
King's Cross, Bloomsbury
11 Goods Way, Kings Cross, London N1C 4PW

Sushi on Jones started life as a tiny sushi stand in New York and was immediately showered with praise. The latest in that group is this London restaurant with a mere eight seats serving up an omakase sushi experience on the hour every hour.

okan
South London
Unit 39, Brixton Village, Coldharbour Ln, Brixton, London SW9 8PS

Okan has three outposts in total, and with two of these in SW9 Brixton folk feel rather spoilt. The locations feel different in atmosphere and serve different dishes, so it's worth checking both out. Head to Brixton Market for Osaka-influenced cooking with sizzling hot plates of teppanyaki, omuyaki soba or okonomiyaki. Round the corner is their Coldharbour Lane site, where the fare is Izakaya style tapas with mum’s ramen and donburi in a calmer setting.

nanban
South London
426 Coldharbour Ln, Brixton, London SW9 8LF

Fun, bright, and a bit bonkers, this restaurant is the brainchild of Tim Anderson - the youngest ever winner of Masterchef back in 2011. Nanban means “southern barbarian” and Tim’s cooking style is to mash up Japanese soul food with international flavours from Brixton Market. Ramens all come with a twist, like the lazy goat ramen topped with Scotch bonnet-pickled bamboo shoots. Other dishes include Japanese inspired burgers.

kurisu
South London
58D Atlantic Rd, Brixton, London SW9 8PY

A hidden gem, and one for dedicated sushi lovers, this 6 seater set up specialises in Yoroppa-Mae style Sushi Omakase. There is no menu, the chef serves up to 18 inventive courses with the freshest fish he can source that day. The chef graduated from Tokyo Sushi Academy and the restaurant focuses on Japanese techniques while also taking influence from his Colombian and Thai heritage. An intimate and unique experience.

sushicov1
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
The Opera Terrace Covent Garden, The Piazza, London WC2E 8RF

Sushisamba have taken over the Opera Terrace at Covent Garden- expect the same mix of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian food as the original (and a big bar too). And all that with decor that's bound to impress and a handy outdoor terrace for the summer months.

akira
Chelsea, Kensington, Knightsbridge
101-111 Kensington High Street, London W8 5SA
Critic reviews - total score 7 out of 10

Former Engawa chef Akira Shimizu is opening his own robatayaki and sushi restaurant in Japan's new cultural centre, Japan House on Kensington High Street.

ukai
West London
240 Portobello Rd, Notting Hill, London W11 1LL

Notting Hill's Ukai is very much in the fusion mould - mainly Japanese, but taking in Mediterranean and South American infuences. The robata grill is put to good use - and look out for their snacks, aka "Japas".

tonkotsunottinghill
West London
7 Blenheim Cres, Notting Hill, London W11 2EE

This Tonkotsu is a small departure from the rest, as it features a counter-style ramen bar of the kind you'll find in Tokyo. But don't worry - if it's your favourite ramen dishes you're after, they're on the menu too.

uni
Mayfair, Belgravia
18a Ebury St, Belgravia, London SW1W 0LU

Uni (Japanese for sea urchin) serves up Nikkei (Japanese/Peruvian) cuisine in Victoria with a luxurious downstairs restaurant as well as an upstairs sushi bar.

diningsharc
Marylebone
22 Harcourt Street, London W1H 4HH, England

This, the original Dinings, has a well deserved reputation for serving up excellent Japanese food with flair. Either sit up at the sushi bar or book a table in the restaurant.

endorotunda
West London
Television Centre, 8th Floor, The Helios, 101 Wood Ln, London W12 7FR
Critic reviews - total score out of 10
Michelin star 1 Michelin star

The former executive sushi chef at Zuma has opened a tiny sushi restaurant in the Television Centre at White City development. With just 15 seats expect, this is already one of the hottest tickets in the area.

sushiatelier
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
114 Great Portland St, Fitzrovia, London W1W 6PA
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10

From the team behind Chisou this is a modern sushi restaurant serving up contemporary combos so don't be surprised to find items like chilli ponzu jelly or truffled teriyaki sauce on the menu.

flesh-buns-fitz
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
32 Berners St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 3LR

In addition to its Press for Pisco button, this larger follow-up to the Covent Garden original serves up all the usual favourites (like their amazing smores) on the menu along with new baos and more.

hotstone
North London
9 Chapel Market, London N1 9EZ

Chapel Market might not be the first place you'd think of for top quality sushi, but Head chef Padam Raj Rai was the former head sushi chef at Tsukiji restaurant in Mayfair and he knows his stuff. Plus, you'll get to throw an A5 Japanese Wagyu steak on the stone here and cook it exactly how you like it.

Titu
Mayfair, Belgravia
1A Shepherd St, Mayfair, London W1J 7HJ
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10

Mayfair's Shepherd Market is the site of this dinky all day Japanese bar, with an ex-Novikov Head Chef in charge, serving up gyoza, soft shell crab salads and green pancakes for breakfast.

meiume
The City
10 Trinity Square, London EC3N 4AJ

Whether you're looking for Peking Duck or sushi, this restaurant (one of two at the Four Seasons Trinity Square) has what you're after - covering traditional Japanese and Chinese dishes with what they say is a 'modern approach'. Tables are well spaced too making it good for confidential convos.

Yen
The City
5 Arundel Street, London WC2R 3DX
Critic reviews - total score 7 out of 10

Yen has been winning fans for its soba noodles in Paris and this sees them opening their first London restaurant.

Bistro Mirey
West London
98 Lillie Road, London SW6 7SR

After a stint roving around London, Gerald and Ko of Bistro?s Mirey have decided to settle in Fulham, where they?ll be continuing to whip up seasonal dishes from a short menu that's big on French and Japanese flavours.

Koya City
The City
10-12 Bloomberg Arcade, London, EC4N 8AR

Koya has been a Soho institution and this was its first expansion outside that area, with a larger location and with the same udon noodles and more that made the original such a big hit.

cube
Mayfair, Belgravia
4 Blenheim St, London W1S 1LB
Critic reviews - total score 9 out of 10

A top Japanese izakaya in Mayfair - if you're looking for excellent sushi without the Mayfair prices, this is the place you come. Chef Takamasa Mogi was previously at Nobu and goes big on omakase where you let him choose what to feed you.

Kojawan
West London
London Mertopole Hotel, 23rd Floor, 225 Edgware Road, London W2 1JU
Critic reviews - total score 3 out of 10

This sees Bjorn Van Der Horst (Eastside Inn) and Omar Romero (Rhodes Twenty Four, Rosewood) taking over the dining room on the 23rd floor of the Hilton Metropole. Expect a modernist Japanese pub with food to match. Plus Kirin beer K-slurpys and clay barrel aged cocktails served on airline trolleys.

Jidori
East London
89 Kingsland High Street, London E8 2PB
Critic reviews - total score 6 out of 10

Chef Brett Redman (from Elliot's and The Richmond) is set to open a new Japanese yakitori restaurant in Dalston. The restaurant draws upon the rich tradition of Tokyo yakitori joints, bringing this hugely popular variety of Japanese street food to east London.

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