Guest Post: Silver Spoon’s Favourite Sushi Restaurants

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My favourite cuisine has got to be Japanese…I just love the clean flavours, the light dishes and the artful presentation. I dream of visiting Japan one day and trying authentic sushi in Toyko and visiting the ancient city of Kyoto, but until then I’m very happy with what London has to offer. 

When Lauren kindly asked me to write a guest post for her blog, I thought I’d tell her readers some of my top tips and my favourite sushi restaurants in London where you can enjoy the freshest sashimi, the most elegant hand rolls and amazing miso cod.  

Best to Impress a Date: Roka Mayfair 

With a super-cool and sexy interior including a big open kitchen and carved tables, Roka Mayfair is certainly a place to impress a date or for a special occasion. Mr S treated me to dinner there for my birthday last year and we loved the chic and intimate restaurant with it’s seductive low lighting and natural wood interior. 

The sashimi and sushi is incredible but many of the signature dishes come from the robata grill, such as the fabulously tender chicken skewers or lamb cutlets. The desserts are a masterpiece and perfect for sharing with a special someone.

Best View: SushiSamba

Located on the 38th floor of the Heron Tower, SushiSamba has a totally spectacular view over the city of London. The lights in the restaurant are kept fairly dim in order for the diners to appreciate the bright city lights that surround them. I’d highly recommend starting your night on the terrace bar in the shadow of the huge tree sculpture and huddled around the the fire pit if it’s a cold night. Mr S and I have come here for a date night, but it’s also fantastic for a group of girlies to enjoy that fabulous blend of Japanese, Peruvian and Brazilian flavours washed down with plenty of cocktails.

My top choices for dishes are the tacos and tempura prawns… I always order a second portion of these!

Best Hidden Gem: Dinings

You could easily miss Dining’s… housed in a converted townhouse in Marylebone. Signage is very subtle, it’s almost like they want to keep it a secret… and when you step inside there’s a small sushi bar on the top floor and a downstairs with seating for only around 25 people. The interior isn’t glam, it’s rather basic and pared down. If you want a night where you’re dressing up to the nines, you may feel a little out of place here…

But glamour is not the reason to come; it’s for the incredibly inventive sushi, fashioned by hand by top sushi chefs. The food is based on a traditional Japanase Izakaya style of cuisine that has evolved into a menu of Japanese tapas which combines traditional Japanese with Modern European cuisine. The miso aubergine is incredible as are the tartar chips, and try the truffle ice cream for something a bit different!

Best for Fabulous Fun: Kurobuta

I love the fun twist that chef Scott Hallsworth adds to traditional Japanese food in the lively setting of Kurobuta, based in Marble Arch and in Chelsea. Think of a kind of a Japanese pub and that’s basically Kurobuta.

The menu is split into several categories, one of my favourites being the ‘Junk Food Japan’ which includes the amazing tuna sashimi pizza. I also love the artichoke chopsticks from the ‘Something Crunchy’ section, which are unlike anything I’ve had elsewhere.

Best for a Group: Sticks n’ Sushi

I love the funky, minimalist interior of Sticks n’ Sushi in Covent Garden and the restaurant, originally from Denmark, is proving extremely popular and a branch has just opened in Greenwich and another is opening soon in Canary Wharf. The first London branch opened in Wimbledon in 2012, and the popularity soon spread. 

It’s good one for those who haven’t tried much sushi before as there is a huge selection of ‘sticks’ which are fish, meat and veg yakitori skewers, perfect for those who are squeamish about raw fish.
Mr S and I made the mistake of going on our own on a date night so we missed out on the amazing looking sharing platters that we saw going to other tables. 

Best International Brand: Nobu

And lastly I want to step out London to tell you about my favourite sushi restaurant of all time. I love the international Nobu restaurants, partly because each one is different and a reflection on that country’s style and local ingredients. Top of list for me in Nobu Malibu which visited while on honeymoon in California.

With a seat right by the sea, the sun shining in your face and delicious sushi on your plate, this restaurant is just totally glorious and I’d highly recommend it while visiting LA.
I really hope that you enjoyed my sushi round up and once you’ve finished on Lauren’s blog, I’d love for you to hop over to mine and check out my other food and travel posts! 

A huge thanks to the lovely Angie for this amazing guest post! I’ve now got major food envy and can’t wait to try these restaurants out. Much as I adore sushi, I have to say I’ve never been out for sushi in London. This needs fixed, right? I thought so too! Angie writes an amazing foodie and travel blog, and if you haven’t already seen her blog, I highly recommend you read her South Africa posts (warning: they will give you major wanderlust!). I loved her post on the Delaire Graff Estate – those views look unbelievable! But if you’re looking for something London based, make sure to have a look at her post on Riccardo’s, as this restaurant went to the top of my list when she blogged it!

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  • Lovely guest post Angie! Roka is hands down my favourite place for sushi – their restaurants tick every box for me (currently writing a post on my dinner at their Charlotte St branch last weekend), I think Sushi Samba is great for the view but slightly over hyped in London – I find their US branches much better in terms of food quality and price! But totally agree about their rock shrimp – definitely my favourite of their dishes and the sauce is out of this world!! Sticks n Sushi is great value for the quality of the fish and I love the interior in Covent Garden – it's also close to my heart with me being Danish and all 😉 and I love that they were the translated casual T-shirts! I personally thought Kurobatu was dreadful. Ridiculous pricing for sub par food and service – it tries to compete with Zuma and Nobu yet is in an entirely different (lesser) league, in my opinion. As for Nobu, I've only been to the one in Japan so need to get over to Hyde Park Corner really! I think you're missing Zuma and Matsuri but otherwise all your choices would pretty much feature in my top picks too!! Can't get enough of sushi/Japanese/all food! Haha. Lots of love, Andrea xxx

  • Oooh I've got to watch out for your post on Roka! It certainly sounds like you've tried your fair share of sushi restaurants in London! I think I'll need to take my inspiration from you, because even though I love sushi I rarely eat it Thanks for such a lovely comment – between you and @Angie SilverSpoon I think I'm sorted for sushi restaurants! xx

  • Japanese/Asian is my favourite cuisine – I can't get enough!! I'll tweet you when I upload the blog post but really enjoying navigating my way around yours at the mo 🙂 Lots of love, Andrea xxx

  • This post has been firmly bookmarked, thank you Angie! Sushi is by far my favourite food and I'm always on the look-out for new recommendations. There are some old favourites on here: Sushi Samba is the location of Rich and my favourite ever date and we've been back several times since, we also ended up in Sticks and Sushi by accident for his birthday a couple of years ago, and it was the most brilliant find (my fave is the one in Wimbledon). The newbie on here for me is Dinings – it's places like this that make London so fun and interesting. There aren't many cities with such quirky venues which also provide amazing food!! Finally, Nobu…the very latest Nobu to open its doors is in Doha. You may just have to come and visit to try it out Angie & Lauren!

    Polly xx
    Follow Your Sunshine

  • Please do! Aww thanks Andrea, that's so sweet of you! I'm having a good old blog catch up today and yours is definitely on my list! xxx

  • Kam

    I second Dinings! I'm not a huge fan of sushi (don't shoot me please…) but I really love Dinings and the Japanese tapas concept as I'm a huge tapas fan in general. I really want to try Nobu – maybe I should start dropping hints to the hubby to book…

    Kam xo
    A Married Couple & Their Travels

  • Seems like it's worth a hint to me…! xx

  • Zuma is my favourite but I loved SushiSamba for the view and the general atmosphere. I've been meaning to try out Dinings

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

  • Where is Dinings? We should pick one of the restaurants on our "should try" list and meet up one day soon, Suze xx

  • It's in Marylebone, I have to say it's super expensive and you go there more for love of sushi than a glamorous occasion.

  • Thanks, Angie! xx