From dreamy sashimi to maki that’ll make you happy, the West End has a glut of restaurants to please sushi seekers.
Sake no Hana
Sake no Hana is all about traditional sushi and the rituals that go with it, only taken up a peg. Like the eclecticism of Umai Sushi Saturdays, involving a seven-course lunch of dishes such as sukiyaki with yuzu candy floss and sea bass sashimi with chili ponzu.
If you’ve been to Kyoto, Umu may well remind you of its classier districts. The chef spent nine years under intensive tutelage there. Still, in preparing his sushi, he makes a point of using what’s much closer, like live Icelandic sea urchin, and northern Irish pollan.
Each branch of Roka – five at last count – is built around its robata, a type of wood-fired grill popular among Japanese fishermen back in the day. Sushi, however, is just as good as what comes off the grill – turn your attention to the concentrated menu of maki, from yellowfin tuna to Wagyu tempura. There are three West End branches, in Mayfair, Fitzrovia and Aldwych.Continue Reading