Chisou Izakaya (Mayfair): where you should go for sake

Chisou Knightsbridge used to be a dependable pitstop post ooh-ing and ahh-ing at material things in Harrods. They also have a Mayfair branch, which I’ve never been to until recently.
The Mayfair branch has two spaces: an izakaya with an omakase counter for more relaxed dining and a separate sushi counter for those who just want a quick fix.

We went to the izakaya for dinner. Traditionally, you go to an izakaya to “drink first, eat later”. Chisou has an extensive sake selection which includes really good ones like Koto sen-nen (exclusively imported for the restaurant) and Daishichi Houreki. They also offer Japanese beer, decent whisky from the Suntory distillery (Yamazaki 18 goes for £24 a pop) and shochu.

Like traditional izakayas we were given oshibori (wet towels) to cleanse our hands from germs followed by a small appetizer of tsukemono (pickled veg).

We started with the Chef’s selection of three types of sashimi (£19.90). It was the basic triumvirate of maguro (tuna), sake (salmon) & suzuki (sea bass). Each type tasted fresh and sweet, although admittedly I’ve had better from the likes of Roka and Dozo in London as well as Tatsuya and Wasabi Tei in Singapore.

From the robata, we ordered some beef wagyu skewers which came glazed in what seemed like a sweet soy sauce. I thought the flavour was good on this dish, except the beef was overcooked.

The fillet of gindara in miso paste (£19.50) was cooked nicely. Although it’s incomparable to my favourite Roka’s signature dish, it’s a good enough – and cheaper – alternative.

The tempura soba (£14.80) fills you up nicely. The noodles are firm and had a decent bite and the broth is subtle enough to keep your palate at bay. 
Overall, I think Chisou’s strength lies in their fresh sashimi and sushi offerings but they could definitely improve on the hot and grilled dishes. Service was pretty good – staff attended to our questions and requests warmly. It’s a good enough Japanese restaurant and if you’re up for having some post-work sake, then this izakaya is just the place for you.
3 Princes St, London, Mayfair W1B
Ave spend pp: £45
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6 Comments

    • 11th September 2015 / 8:43 pm

      Me too! I like my beef rare and tender. This was a massive disappointment 🙁 Everything else was fine, though.

    • 11th September 2015 / 8:43 pm

      The one in Dozo goes for just over £20… for two fillets!

  1. 18th September 2015 / 9:44 pm

    I LOVE Chisou! Haven't been for ages, but there food is so nice 🙂 Shame about the beef skewers being overcooking this time round, but the rest looks lovely 🙂

    Mehreen A | wrapyourlipsaroundthis.com

    • 21st September 2015 / 1:56 pm

      I still think the sashimi is quite good and quite yummy but I was really disappointed with that beef! x