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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…

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.

Tokimeité

(£££) Located in Mayfair.

  1. Avg price: 100-120 pp
  2. Atmosphere: Intimate/dates/small group 4-5 people max.
  3. Food: Authentic Japanese food, specialize in Wagyu beef.
  4. Notes: I call on the day of my reservation to make sure they keep some langoustine on the side for me as it sometimes finishes. Don’t order rolls, stick to the nigiri, sashimi and wagyu here.

Recommended dishes:

  • Langoustine nigiri
  • Wagyu nigiri
  • Salmon nigiri
  • Toro nigiri
  • Wagyu truffle sukiyaki
  • Suzuki usuzukuri (if you like Seabass)

UMU

(£££) Located in Mayfair.

  1. Avg price: 90-120 pp
  2. Atmosphere: Formal/business lunches/tete a tete/date.
  3. Food: Authentic Japanese food, very fresh fish.
  4. Notes: Service was great. I personally like my sashimi fairly thinly sliced, if you’re the same request that as I found the cut to be quite thick here.

Recommended dishes:

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

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Defune

(££) Located in Marylebone.

  1. Avg price: 90-110 pp
  2. Atmosphere: Date/intimate
  3. Food: Sushi/Teppanyaki.
  4. Notes: I come here strictly for sushi and sit at the bar. Order nigiri and rolls they will be served omakase style (piece by piece) even if you order a la carte – ask for Chef Shinya, he’s the best!

More mainstream options:

Roka

(££) Located in Mayfair.

  1. Avg price: 60-80 pp
  2. Atmosphere: Formal/business lunches/tete a tete/date.
  3. Food: contemporary Japanese, think Zuma’s sister restaurant – a moody sister.
  4. Notes: Quality has been quite inconsistent lately. In general like the atmosphere, cocktails are great. Try to book a table outside during summer.

Recommended dishes:

  • Sashimi: Salmon & Yellow tail
  • Rock shrimp
  • Nigiris
  • Yellowtail and truffle yuzu sauce

Chotto Matte

(££) Located in Soho.

  1. Avg price: 60-80 pp
  2. Atmosphere: Boozy dinner vibe.
  3. Food: Japanese/Peruvian
  4. Notes: Request a table downstairs, order the Flor de Manzano cocktail.

Recommended dishes:

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

Chisou

(££) Located on Beauchamp place in Knightsbridge.

  1. Avg price: 40-60 pp
  2. Atmosphere: Intimate, cozy, dates, small group (4 people).
  3. Food: Japanese
  4. Notes: Quick bite, excellent service, nothing fancy.

Sexy Fish

(£££) Located in Mayfair. Boozy vibes.

  1. Avg price: 120-140 pp
  2. Atmosphere: boozy dinner vibes, groups.
  3. Food: Japanese
  4. Notes: Wouldn’t recommend going for dinner, only drinks and snacks. Don’t order the salmon carpaccio or nigiri cause they blow torch the fish. Hot dishes are not worth it either.

Recommended dishes:

  • Maki Rolls
  • Seabass Tiradito
  • Shrimp Tempura

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London’s best Omakase spots.

UMU

Kikuchi

Defune

(££)Marylebone

–> If you feel like splurging:

The Araki

Where else to eat in London

Kai Mayfair

(£££) Has gained one Michelin star from 2009 and has kept it till 2018, my favourite Chinese restaurant. The crispy duck is a must order.

  1. Avg price: 70-90 pp
  2. Atmosphere: Business lunches, family dinner, semi formal.
  3. Food: Chinese
  4. Notes: Excellent food, quiet restaurant.

Recommended dishes

  • Crispy duck
  • Wasabi Prawns
  • Sweet and Sour Chicken

La Petite Maison

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

Barrafina

(££) Soho or Covent Garden.

No reservation policy. Spanish tapas concept, the wine is great. My favourite dishes were the Padron peppers, Tuna tartare, Filet & Gambas al Ajilo.

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Ferdi

(££) Mayfair – Shepherd’s Market

  1. Avg price: 30-50 pp
  2. Atmosphere: casual, cozy.
  3. Food: Cheeseburgers, and tapas.
  4. Notes: You can only reserve by text.

Italian/Pizza’s in London

Franco Manca

(£) Many locations, ate in the one on King’s road. Fast casual. Sour dough pizza- amazing value for money.

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). Casual. Great for a quick bite.

Pizza Pilgrims

(£) Two locations, I ate in the one on Carnaby street. Fast casual. Good value for money.

Late night eats

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

Maaroush

(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.

VQ

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

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5 Comments

  • 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
      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
          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

            Lunch:

            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

            Cafes:

            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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