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A list of my favourite restaurants organized by cuisine. I’ve also put the pound sign to give you rough guidance on spending, nobody likes to be shocked when the bill comes!

Japanese restaurants in London

My favourite Japanese restaurants in London, in order starting with my all time favourite. I’m basing my preference on quality of food and the vibe.


(£££) Located in Mayfair. Quite a formal vibe, a lot of business lunches. Excellent authentic Japanese food – VERY fresh fish. Service was great. I personally like my sashimi fairly thinly sliced, if you’re the same then ask for that as I found the cut to be quite thick here.

Recommended dishes:

  • Langoustine Nigiri
  • Yellow tail Sashimi
  • Salmon Nigiri
  • Tuna Nigiri & Sashimi

Sushi Umu London

Sashimi Umu London


(££) Located in Mayfair. I loved the atmosphere here, it’s the perfect size and the restaurant has character. The cocktails were great and the food was exquisite.

Recommended dishes:

  • Sashimi: Salmon & Yellow tail
  • Rock shrimp
  • Yellow tail tartare
  • Yellowtail and truffle yuzu sauce
  • Sorbets for dessert

Chotto Matte

(££) Located in Soho. Trendy Japanese/Peruvian menu. Louder more vibey downstairs so I’d always recommend booking a table downstairs. You have to order the Flor de Manzano cocktail – The best!

Recommended dishes:

  • Nikkei Sashimi
  • Seabass Ceviche
  • Sake dragon roll
  • Salmon/Tuna nigiri
  • Ebi harumaki ponzu salsa


(££) Located on Beauchamp place in Knightsbridge. Really good sushi I always go there for a quick bite. It’s a very intimate atmosphere, perfect for a date or with a small group of friends…and the service is excellent!

Sexy Fish

(£££) Located in Mayfair. Super fun vibe and excellent service! Very trendy and pricey.

Recommended dishes:

  • Maki Rolls
  • Seabass Tiradito
  • Shrimp Tempura

Note: The salmon carpaccio and nigiri were a let down (they blowtorch it). The hot kitchen dishes are nothing special; don’t order the gyozas & the lobster was mediocre. I would just go for drinks and a few maki rolls.

Shrimp Tempura Sexy Fish

Salmon Avocado Maki Sexy Fish

Lobster Sexy Fish

Gyoza Sexy Fish

Salmon Carpaccio Sexy fish London

Sticks ‘n Sushi

(££) A casual place with really good sushi. I recommend the Miso soup, sashimi salad and regular nigiris. Some people like the rolls but i prefer sticking to the basics.

Sticks n sushi London

Now.. If you’re into Omakase and you feel like splurging you have to try:

The Araki

Where else to eat in London

Kai Mayfair

(£££) Has gained one michelin star from 2009 and has kept it till 2017, my favourite Chinese restaurant. The pecking duck is a must order.

La Petite Maison

(£££) Extremely good food, literally everything on the menu tastes good.


(££) Located in Soho on Dean Street, no reservation policy. You can order a few bites while waiting in line (the line is in the restaurant so don’t worry about freezing outside). Spanish tapas concept, the wine is great. My favourite dishes were the Padron peppers, Tuna tartare, Filet & Gambas al Ajilo.

Padron Peppers Barrafina London

Tuna Tartare Barrafina London

Gambas Ajilo Barrafina London

Calamari Barrafina London

Filet Barrafina London


(££)I haven’t been yet but I heard it’s just as good as the one in Paris! For those that haven’t been, this is the place to go if you’re craving a burger.

Italian/Pizza’s in London

Franco Manca

(£) Many locations, ate in the one on King’s road. Loved it. Amazing sour dough pizza and couldn’t believe how cheap it was!

Ciro’s Pizza Pomodoro

(££) Located in Knightsbridge on Beauchamp place. It’s advisable to reserve as it’s quite a small place. The ambiance is really nice, there’s a live band that encourages you to sing alone. Great place to go with a group of close friends, or family.

Zia Teresa

(£) Located in Knightsbridge right across the street from Harrods (Hans Rd exit). Great for a quick bite. Mozzarella and Burrata are very good. My favourite dishes are definitely the Chicken milanese, Spaghetti bolognese and Spaghetti pomodoro.

Pizza Pilgrims

(£) Two locations, I ate in the one on Carnaby street. Very good and very well priced!

Late night eats

Jetlagged? Hungry after a long night out? Either way, here’s a short list that’ll make sure you go to sleep with a fairly satisfied stomach..


(many different locations, closest one to me was on Beachaump Place in Knightsbridge) Lebanese cuisine, you can pick it up, get it delivered to your home or eat it there. I usually order Kobeba, Hummus and Shish Tawouk.


(Chelsea- there are other locations) Chicken Milanese or if you want breakfast some people have ordered the eggs too.

Duck & Waffle

(Heron Tower) If you have time on your hands, it’s open until 5am then again at 6am for breakfast. It may be a bit further than other options but it’s the highest restaurant in London and the view is pretty amazing.

If you think I’m missing anything, let me know in the comments below!

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  • Behbehani

    Great list.. a few that I would add:

    – Chiltern Firehouse for brunch (trendy happening spot)

    – Cecconis (spaghetti bolognese is OUT of this world)

    – Defune (authentic sushi omakase that is really good.. up there with Umu)

    – Dishoom (chill cool indian spot.. food is really good but no reservations and long lines. Worth it though)

    – Kyubi (amazing sushi and hot dishes.. however in the Arts Club in Mayfair so need to be a member or go with a member)

    November 13, 2017 at 8:15 am
    • KenzieKashmiri

      Hey Hani!

      Thanks for your list, I’ve actually tried Dishoom recently, super good! – need to update this list .. Will give Defune a try next week, and Kyubi. Thanks a lot! If you have anymore recommendations plz share

      February 13, 2018 at 7:52 pm
      • Behbehani

        Hey! My name is Ali actually – last name Behbehani! Here is an update since post:

        1. I actually stumbled upon this TINY sushi gem – hole in the wall. The inside isnt fancy or nice but I sat at the sushi bar and had Omakase and it was top. One of the best sushi ive had here – up there with Defune. Chef is from Hokkaido Japan and owner. He’s been there for 20 years. Its called Kikuchi. Definitely recommend if you want GREAT tasting sushi. Only go if you sit on sushi bar and ask for head chef.

        2. Gymkhana – really good Indian food. Different vibe to Dishoom, this is on higher end. But their Biryani is excellent (must) and butter chicken is really good as well.

        3. Another Indian spot would be Chutney Mary. Definitely higher end but surprisingly has great food. Usually i feel like high end and Indian are failures, this isnt. Butter chicken here and biryan is the go to.

        4. Providores – best turkish eggs in this world. Go here for brunch. Won’t regret it.

        5. Hoppers – Amazing Sri Lankan food! Highlyyyy recommend. Similar to Dishoom – cool chill vibe and love the presentation. Go here.

        6. Cicchetti – tapas italian spot. Chill and cute vibe. Their bolognese is cooked for 6 hours. Great for sharing and ordering like 10 different plates. Go to the Covent Garden location.

        7. Bluebird – cute / chill brunch spot in Chelsea. Theres a nice outdoor seating and sometimes have small popups there. Last time was a boutique sunglass popup spot.

        February 13, 2018 at 8:10 pm
        • KenzieKashmiri

          Hi Ali! Sorry for the mistake. Seems like we have similar taste as I’ve tried a few of these too! 🙂 I’m a huge sushi fan so I’ll surely be making my way to Kikuchi very soon. Loving the recommendations – this is good stuff! My next trip is Vienna followed by Paris, please let me know if you have any recommendations would be great to add them to my list.

          February 15, 2018 at 5:12 am
          • Behbehani

            Awesome – really respect others that are also on the hunt for hidden gems! 💎🙏🏼

            I was in Vienna a few months ago but only for 2 days. Didn’t get to explore the food scene as much as I want and was a tad disappointed but here is a list for your trip:

            1. *Gasthaus zur Oper* – a phenomenal traditional Viennese tavern owned by one of the city’s most renowned chefs, Plachutta, and home to the Austria’s best ‘Wiener Schnitzel’, the most quintessentially Austrian specialty; GET THE SCHNIZTEL

            2. *Cantinetta Antinori* – impeccable old-school Tuscan osteria, owned by Italy’s most prominent wine-making family, the Antinori


            3. *Zum Schwarzen Kamel* – the epicentre of Vienna’s leisure class on weekend afternoons serving phenomenal tartines (‘Broetchen’); the perfect place for a quick bite and a glass of Prosecco while strolling around Vienna’s old town


            4. *Demel* – Emperor Franz Jopseph I’s favourite confectioner and by far the best pastry shop in Vienna – try the ‘Milchrahmstrudel’

            5. *+ Hotel Sacher* – one of Vienna’s most established hotels better known around the world for its eponymous chocolate cake – please buy a Sachertorte from the gift shop (their main revenue source)

            *GET TEA OR COFFEE IN THE “BLUE ROOM” in the Sacher Hotel. Instagrammable room. Chic!

            *Cafe Landtmann* – top Viennese Cafe

            Going to Paris myself next weekend so will give a list once I try some spots. Cafe de Fleur in St. German and Hotel Costes for lunch indoor terrace is good.

            I hear Fragments for breakfast and PNY for buger are both top! But have yet to try.

            If you have a list do send me. The shorter the better as only there for 4 days.

            If you want to avoid this being a thread, just email me.

            P.S. if you can, go to Salzburg and do the Sound of Music tour. Beautiful city and fun bike tour.

            February 15, 2018 at 6:38 pm

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