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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.

East London
56 Dalston Lane, London E8 3AH
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10

This Dalston restaurant has a modern take on Japanese and Italian food. And it also sports a tiny Tokyo-style cocktail bar (which bans mobile phones).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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".

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.

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.

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.

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.

Reopening date TBC
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.

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 sticks to the general Peruvian Nikkei vibe - expect to find all the usual favourites (like their amazing smores) on the menu along with new baos and more.

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.

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

Mayfair's Shepherd Market now has a 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.

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.

Jidori Covent Garden
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
15 Catherine Street, London WC2B 5JZ

The second Jidori, follows in the footsteps of the popular Dalston original. So you'll find yakitori and other Japanese treats are at the heart of the menu. Plus, if you're in the mood, head to the basement for sake and karaoke.

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
Critic reviews - total score 6 out of 10

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.

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.

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.

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.

Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
Unit 4, 2 Ham Yard, London W1D 7DT
Critic reviews - total score 7.5 out of 10

This is part of the Firmdale Hotels Ham Yard Hotel and is a combined sushi and Kobe beef restaurant.

The Araki
Mayfair, Belgravia
12 New Burlington Street, London W1S 3BH
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10

This tiny restaurant - just nine people up at the dining counter and six in a private dining room - becme a hit in London. But the chef has now returned to Tokyo, leaving his sushi apprentice turned head chef Marty Lau in charge.

Kanada Ya Ramen
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
64 St Giles High Street, London WC2H 8LE
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10

Kanada-Ya comes from Yukuhashi, Japan where it was set up by Kanada Kazuhiro in 2009 to produce a new style of ramen and it has a popular outpost in Hong Kong too. This is the first in Europe.

17-20 Kendal Street, London W2 2AW
Critic reviews - total score 7 out of 10

This is an izakaya or traditional Japanese style pub this September just by Marble Arch, from the former head chef of Nobu and most recently Wabi London. Open all day from early morning to late evening Kurobuta will have room for 80 and also serve up a range of dishes to go. A pop-up in Chelsea has been a big hit, so expect this to be huge too.

Koya Soho
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
50 Frith Street, London W1D 4SQ
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10

Koya Soho may only seats 25 people but it has a huge reputation that belies its size. Expect some of the best Japanese udon noodles in town here - and there's a great breakfast if you're after a top way to start the day.

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