Best Japanese Restaurants in London

Best Japanese Restaurants in London

After visiting Japan in 2016, Japanese food has quickly become one of my favourite cuisines. Here are my best Japanese restaurants in London:

Sake no Hana

The renowned Sake no Hana Japanese restaurant in Mayfair serves up modern authentic Japanese dishes.  It oozes style and sophistication with interiors designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. This is matched by great customer service and some really impressive food and drinks. More on the fine dining spectrum but definitely worth it for a special occasion!

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best japanese restaurants in london

Freak Scene

Freak Scene serves up some fantastic dishes in Soho with seats at the open kitchen enabling guests to watch the chefs at work! It reminded me of a Japanese Izakaya I had visited in Tokyo with an intimate and relaxed dining experience. Takeshi’s Castle is played on loop and there are a number of Japanese posters up on the walls! The menu is designed for sharing and the food is incredible.

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best japanese restaurants in london

Flesh and Buns

Flesh and Buns is an amazing Japanese restaurant with oaky furnishings, gorgeous light fittings, plush seating and Japanese décor. The open kitchen with seating creates an intimate atmosphere where you can watch the chefs at work. With a press for pisco button and an amazing selection of small and large plates, Flesh and Buns is one of the best Japanese restaurants in London.

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Robata

Robata (Japanese charcoal cooking) is a fantastic Japanese izakaya in Soho. The menu is helpfully split into different sections: raws and sushi, small plates, skewers, bao buns, large plates and bowls. We were so impressed with the quality of the offering – the Iberico skewers are an absolute must order!

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Japanese Izakaya in Soho

Hot Stone

Hot Stone is a cute little Japanese restaurant is Islington and a fine gem of North London. On arrival you walk through the door and the open plan kitchen is immediately to the left. That means the second you step inside you are greeted by the Head Chef, which is pretty cool! The whole team there are fantastic – so attentive, kind and helpful.  Make sure you get the mixed fish hotstone (Salmon, Tuna, King Prawns, Scallops) or Premium Japanese Wagyu Beef, which you can cook yourself!

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best japanese restaurants in london

Untitled

Untitled bar and restaurant in Dalston certainly doesn’t give away much from its name.  The location however is a clue for the category this establishment falls into – stylish, inventive and a little bit hip.  The very affordable sharing menu is perfectly balanced with dishes building beautifully in flavours and the concept and execution works so well.

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restaurant in Dalston

Chotte Matte

Chotto Matte is a go to Soho restaurant serving Japanese-Peruvian (also known as Nikkei) fusion dishes.  The decor on the walls is funky and vibrant and the table settings are comfortable and sophisticated. The Nikkei sharing menu is the best way to try something from each of the four cooking sections –  Sushi Bar, Barbecue, Sautee and Tempura.

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japanese restaurant in london

Kanada Ya

Kanada-Ya is a relaxed, Japanese ramen bar in London with three locations. Its simplistic interior gives off a canteen feel, and the hanging lanterns add a touch of the oriental origins. The menu is focused around the Ramen, with nine different dishes on offer. There are also a handful of small plates including truffle edamame and karaage (Japanese fried chicken mayo), rice bowls and rice balls and the brand new gyoza. Great place for a relaxed informal Japanese meal!

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japanese ramen bar in london

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