Top 10 Japanese Restaurants in London

London hosts a tremendous diversity of cultures and nationalities, and naturally, dining places are always in dynamics. Asian cuisine is represented impressively, and Japanese makes a huge portion of venues. Cutting-edge restaurants, international chain giants, cozy diners, authentic eateries and trendy sushi-bars—some of them are highly branded and advertised, others demonstrate no identity at all, hiding in the backstreets of the city. However, their success is inevitable due to high quality food and service they deliver. Their persistency though depends on various factors, and you definitely can't say for sure who will stay for long and who will leave the London scene abruptly. Here are the most celebrated Japanese restaurants in town, salmon-toro-sake paradises, which remain crowded for at least the last decade.


#1. Zuma

Zuma is the perfect place to spend good money on a classy Japanese dinner. One of the most fashionable Asian restaurants in town, situated in Knightsbridge, it offers a great variety of izakaya-style cuisine. Entertaining culinary theatre is always on the menu here. When you are a first-timer, check the tastings menu—it's amazing and gives you exquisite presentation of the restaurant's specials. Black cod and wagyu beef are highly recommended, and cocktails with just make your gourmet night flawless!

 5 Raphael St, Knightsbridge, London SW7 1DL

#2. Sushi Tetsu

Relaxed and sophisticated dining accompanied by friendly connecting with other guests and the chef. Set with 7 seats only, this place gives an exemplary view on how intimate Japanese gourmet meal should look like: eye-witnessing of the sacred process with shiny knives and sparkling blowtorch involved, followed by pluck and thoughtful tastings and topped with total delight or, in some cases, rejection. Howbeit, the freshest food melts in your mouth and magical chef Toru Takahashi always knows how to surprise his guests.

 12 Jerusalem Passage, London EC1V 4JP

#3. Dinings

Ex-Nobu chefs Masaki Sugisaki and Keiji Fuku know for sure how to make a fashionable fusion. Their a la carte is an incredible mixture of traditional sushi-ya and delicate European tapas. Once you taste the Scottish native lobster or braised wagyu beef, it becomes clear you’re having quite extraordinary experience. The sushi plate selection makes a perfect lunch while you enjoy the relaxing atmosphere in the elegant, compact ambiance.

 22 Harcourt St, London W1H 4HH

#4. Tsunami

Tsunami restaurant stays appreciated by Japanese cuisine fans since 2001, and that’s a reason fair enough to pick it as the “place-to-eat”. Sushi, sashimi and nigiri represent a classy and flourishing list. But don’t ignore the appetizers: some of them are really ones to die for, like edamame and snow crab. Main course and specials parts of the menu are imposing as well, so not one picky guest could be disappointed. Comfortable ambiance, welcoming, friendly staff, adorable cherry blossom on the walls—what else you need to get relaxed and warmed in the rainy city?

 93 Charlotte Street, London W1T 4PY

#5. Nobu

Looking to the Hyde Park, indisputably glamorous and chic venue is designed to match Asian/Peruvian cuisine and European jet set in a perfect union. Nobu on Berkeley Street is a restaurant as impeccable and stylish as its siblings worldwide. The luxurious space, designed by brilliant David Collins, is divided into various zones, suitable for intimate meals and for private parties of dozen people. The menu has been recently renewed by the celebrated owner and his executive chef Mark Edwards, adding more interesting fusion items, some of which are made in special wood-burning oven. Lounge bar has got a license until 2 am.

 15 Berkeley St, London W1J 8DY

#6. Roka

Fashionably set Roka on Charlotte Street serves mainly robatayaki cuisine—a style of cooking seafood and vegetables in the special grill similar to barbeque. The contemporary Japanese dishes are presented in no less original way than they are cooked: there is a counter encircling the open kitchen, and the guests are thrilled to see chef's culinary performance. The interior is very relaxing and stylish, with big glass walls looking to the street. One can enjoy sitting outside during summertime. Besides this Fitzrovia venue, there are two more sibling restaurants in London—one in Mayfair and another in Canary Wharf.

 37 Charlotte St, London W1T 1RR

#7. Abeno

Unlike many trendy fusion restaurants in London that always seem to align with each other at some points and cuisine marks, Abeno and its sister restaurant Abeno Too (in Covent Garden) totally stand out, representing really authentic Japanese street food venues. Savory nutritive Asian pancakes called "okonomiyaki" are the stars among the local public here. Both natives and random Soho dwellers enjoy these mouth-watering mixtures of vegetables, meat, fish, cheese, seafood and other ingredients one likes. Tasty food, entertaining cooking process (every table has its individual pan built-in) and friendly atmosphere make Abeno an irreplaceable urban attraction.

 47 Museum St, London WC1A 1LY

#8. Abeno Too

Authentic Abeno diners are so popular that both deserve to be featured in the list. Abeno Too in Covent Garden is the younger and larger sibling of the original 'Okonomi-yaki' restaurant, opened in 1993. As well as its predecessor, this place serves one of the most delicious asian street food ever. Okonomi-yaki is the speciality resembling pizza, that came from Osaka and Hiroshima regions of Japan. Enjoy mixing all ingredients you like and having it cooked right on your table! Low-priced, yummy and fun!

 17-18 Great Newport St, London WC2H 7JE

#9. Ten Ten Tei

Cheap and hidden, this Soho gem will surprise you with excellent quality of Japanese food. Both exterior and interior are heedless, but it's definitely not an issue when it comes to really great eating experience. Permanently crowded ambience prove that on 100%, as well as many Japanese people dining here every day. The range of sushi rolls and tempura is enormous, it will take you about a dozen minutes to get through the menu. So, if you are not an expert, feel free to ask the staff—they're friendly and know their job well. Nice food and generous portions (especially works with sets) for small money absolutely put this venue in the must-visit list.

 56 Brewer St, London, UK W1F 9TJ

#10. Kirazu

As the restaurant is named after the bean, widely used in Japanese cookery, the concept is based on appreciation of healthy food and traditional cooking techniques. Obanzai cuisine, originated from Kansai area of Japan, provides a wide range of simple flavoured tapas, tasty ramen, appetizing sushi sets and mouth-watering grills. As to the desserts, black sesame ice-cream and latte-tea are among the gourmets favorites. The pleasant impression of intimacy and friendliness goes from sharing the communal table, wooden benches and of course, delicious courses. From crafty décor to the smiling chef Yuya Kikuchi—every thing here creates a feeling of comfort.

 47, Rupert St, London W1D 7PD
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