Ayllu is not only one of the best places to eat sushi in London, but it also celebrates the very best in modern Nikkei cuisine. Against a backdrop of stylish furnishings and dimmed lightning, you can tuck into stunning fusion small plates celebrating South American and Asian flavours.
Best Sushi Restaurants In London
Does the idea of fresh sashimi make you drool? Are you a sucker for tempura rolls? Have you got a hankering for nigiri like no other? Get out there and explore London’s incredible sushi scene. We’ve tracked down the finest practitioners of Japanese cuisine this side of Tokyo, and we’re talking about tech-savvy Soho restaurants, sky-high city plots and chilled casual sake joints in our list of the best sushi restaurants in London.
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Last updated on 31st January 2024
Specialising in pan-Asian delicacies, London's cutting-edge Inamo concept has arrived in Covent Garden for some of the best sushi in London. There's quite simply nowhere else like Inamo - guests place their orders via sleek tablets, upload their own images onto the tabletop and even check in on the kitchen via chef cam - as head chef Jon Claro prepares a mouth-watering range of sushi and sashimi fare.
If you're in the mood for affordable sushi that doesn't scrimp on flavour, YO! is a brand to know. With restaurants dotted all over London, you'll enjoy their iconic conveyor belt, picking up nigiri, delicious rolls and small plates along the way. Plus, set menu offers are sure to save you cash.
Just off Regent Street and with a stunning rooftop terrace for summertime, Aqua Kyoto is a must-try sushi restaurant in central London. Expect to find a menu of omakase sushi and sashimi, alongside signature dishes of tempura and robata grilled goods in a date night setting.
The perfect glistening backdrop to spice up your camera roll, Miro is a swanky Mayfair haunt dishing out global sharing plates that range from crunchy truffled yellowtail maki rolls to cauliflower karaage - managed by executive chef Toby Burrowes, previously at Zuma London and Michelin-starred Elystan Street. The restaurant's ambience evokes that of a nightclub, with neon hues and hand-painted murals contrasting with the exposed brick walls. Chopsticks at the ready.
When it comes to sushi restaurants in Covent Garden, pan-Asian palace Gura Gura has to be right up there. The Japanese part of the menu spans everything from crab, avo and spicy mayo Cali rolls to traditional tekkamaki with tuna.
Combining Turkish cuisine and sushi across one restaurant is Nova, the stunning West London destination that has all bases covered. From mezze to fire shows cooking beef and those all-important Japanese delights, it's bound to hit the spot.
Head up to Chalk Farm Road where this unique East Asian restaurant is serving a stunning sushi selection. From fresh sashimi and delicious hand rolls to some of the best vegetarian sushi in London, it's a fun and friendly place to chow down on your favourite cuisine.
Bringing the taste of Tokyo to Battersea, KIBOU is a must for any fan of Japanese cuisine. After reaching phenomenal success in Cheltenham, the team have brought their handmade delicacies, including much-talked-about volcano roll, to London's sushi lovers.
This Leicester Square restaurant boasts a small but fantastic selection of sashimi, including turbot with shiso and ikura and seabass accompanied by lemon and sea salt. 8 at The Londoner also serve up seared Wagyu in a cut roll with asparagus and sesame ginger soy.
From Denis Gobjila (formerly of Chotto Matte) and Victor Rosca (previously at Lucky Cat and Sushisamba), Bamboo Mat is a sought-after Stratford spot for beautifully prepared plates of sushi. Coming with the wave of Nikkei restaurants to recently hit the capital, this joint slings out nigiri, sashimi (including one topped with flame-torched A4 grade wagyu beef) and sushi. Our favourite dish? It has to be the ceviche hot maki, made of seabass, prawns, aji amarillo tiger's milk and salsa.
For scrumptious Japanese food, Arcade Food Hall is a great shout. Enjoy munching on snacks such as edamame and crispy Daikon salads before tucking into salmon maki rolls and a prawn tempura sando. They also offer an omakase experience if you fancy something swish.
A fresh and contemporary Japanese eatery in Clapham, you just know that Tsunami's sushi game is going to be strong. Make yourself at home with its dedicated sushi section; the avocado and cucumber, shrimp tempura and scallop and smelt egg rolls would be great place to start.
A sushi restaurant that we consider something of a hidden gem, Issho-Ni is a Bethnal Green dining spot that truly champions fresh fish and the finest in Japanese plates. A cosy and intimate place to eat with plenty of local buzz, Claire Su has created something to really be celebrated in the city.