As one of the most multicultural cities on planet Earth, London is rammed full of excellent restaurants which serve food from every corner of the globe.
One cuisine which has drastically risen in popularity in recent years is Japanese food, especially sushi.
With Chains like Wagamama and Yo Sushi lining the high streets of the nation, it’s fair to say that we can hardly get enough of it at the moment.
SO, if you’re looking for a really quality Japanese restaurant in London, we have just the thing for you. Here’s 10 of the best Japanese restaurants in the Capital.
Developed by two alumni of famous restaurant chain Nobu Masaki Sugisaki and Keji Fuku, Dinings offers up some of the most delicious and creative Japanese dishes you’re likely to encounter.
Known as one of Marylebone’s best-kept secrets, Dinings is still a tricky place to get a table and you should book well in advance. If you do struggle to get a reservation, you can always pull up a stool in their sushi bar which is upstairs.
Location: Marylebone, W1H 4HH
In the UK, we generally associate Japanese cuisine with seafood, however, Jidori in Dalston offers up some of the most delicious chicken you’re likely to find in the capital.
It takes its name from a breed of Japanese free-range chickens known for their powerful flavours and their food certainly delivers in that respect. If you love your chicken, this is a place not to be missed.
Location: Dalston, E8 2PB
Kouzo in Belgravia combines Japanese fine dining on an affordable menu that everyone can enjoy.
Run by ex-Zuma head chef Kyoichi Kai, Kouzo is set based in the beautiful surroundings of a 19th century Grade-II listed building, spread across three floors. Their signature dishes include black cod, tempura vegetables and soft shell crab, so rush here if you particularly love those dishes.
Location: Belgravia: SW1W 0BD
If you are looking for a very authentic Japanese then head on down to Nagoya in Marylebone. Located just a stone’s throw from Madame Tussauds waxworks museum, Nagoya is beautifully traditional in its appearance, with slatted wooden panelling and a monochrome interior transporting you to the heart of the far east.
As for the food, they serve all of the classic Japanese dishes at their flavoursome best. Check out their tempura and deep fried breaded pork (tonkatsu) which is particularly delicious.
Location: Marylebone, W1U 8NX, UK
Another brilliantly traditional restaurant in this list is Kiku, which you ca find in Mayfair. It first opened in 1978 and is both family run and only employs chefs trained in Japan.
While all of their food is delicious, their sushi really is the star of the show. So, if you love sushi this place really is unmissable.
Location: Mayfair, W1J 7BE
6. Misato London
Based in the heart of the capital, Misato London is one of the most popular Japanese restaurants in the whole city.
Its popularity is for good reason because they offer a great range of authentic and modern Japanese dishes at very reasonable prices.
Location: Soho, W1D 6PG
If you enjoy cross-cuisine fusion then look no further than Sushisamba which combines dishes and flavours from Japan, Peru and Brazil.
Sushisamba expanded from its original restaurant in New York and is very much at the high end of the price range. Because of this, it really makes for a great location for special occasions rather than your weekly sushi treat.
Location: Heron Tower, EC2N 4AY
8. Kanda Ya
If you are really into ramen then look no further than Kanada Ya, just off Tottenham Court Road. They pride themselves in creating delicious eastern broths and have been a firm favourite for a number of years.
There is also a second restaurant in Soho who largely offers the same tasty menu if the original location is a bit out of your way.
Location: St Giles High Street, WC2H 8LE
It’s pretty clear how much locals and tourists alike love Oka as they have now expanded to three separate restaurants.
Their menus combine modern Pan-Asian dishes with a great range of sushi and they pride themselves on having an innovative approach to the classic Japanese Dishes. So, if you like to try a completely new take on your old favourites, pop into one of the three Oka restaurants.
Locations: Chelsea, SW3 5EL, Primrose Hill, NW1 8UY and Kingly Court, W1B 5PW.
10. Rock Star Sushi Bar
Sushi is by far the most popular Japanese dish. Rock Star Sushi Bar is dedicated to creating truly flavoursome, traditional and modern takes on this dish and with excellent results.
If you love sushi then this really is the place for you. They welcome customers to request personalised dishes and generally bend over backwards to give you a great experience. If you like the sound of it, just make sure to book in advance, it’s very popular.
Location: Merton Way SW19 2RD