Lush sushi lunch at Pan Chai, Harrods

There’s something about eating at Japanese sushi bars that’s quite like no other. It’s comparable to having the best seats in a theatre, with your sushi chef taking centre stage. Each slice of fish, each gentle stroke of the knife, each brush of soy commands such respect and attention. And the…

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Yashin Sushi: without soy sauce (but if you want to…)

Yashin Sushi is a beautiful sushi bar in Kensington. The space is bright and the sushi counter is possibly one of the most beautiful Japanese bars I’ve seen in London. Three prominent sushi chefs head the Yashin Group of restaurants. Former Nobu superstar Yasuhiro Mineno is the executive chef. He…

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Sosharu (Clerkenwell): where Jason Atherton plays with Japanese food

Sosharu (which translates “to socialise”) takes residency in the beautiful Turnmill Building in Clerkenwell. Promoted as some sort of Japanese izakaya, it’s casual with a bit of swag (and you don’t get any more swaggy than Evisu aprons on servers). The menu boasts of refined Japanese favourites from a kitchen under…

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Kanada-ya (Covent Garden & Haymarket): where you get the best ramen in town

When restaurants expand, a branch tends to be better than the other in terms of service or food offering. Case in point: Barrafina. When they first opened on Frith Street I thought it was really one of the most decent tapas places in town but I wasn’t as blown away…

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Koya Bar (Soho): where subtle flavours go a long way

I was pretty sad to see Koya close down last year without even managing a final visit but since Koya Bar is still up and running, all’s well. With queues shifting gears from the old Koya to its new occupant, Hoppers, it’s safe to say the Japanese udon bar is still going well. Waiting time…

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