Looking for your soy-mate (sorry, not sorry)? There are an abundance of fantastic Japanese restaurants in the City of London and we’re spoilt for choice.
As the calibre gets stronger we wanted to put a spotlight on the local Asian joints so you can find your favourite.
In the heart of Shoreditch, you’ll find Apothecary East. A drinking and dining den housed in an old Victorian warehouse, the Japanese restaurant is complete with a neon-lit bar for late night drinks and a buzzing tavern restaurant serving Japanese small plates. Make sure you order the Yellowtail Tiradito. The raw fish is deliciously light but has a sharp and spicy bite. Plus, cocktails are a must at Apothecary. The extensive drinks menu is packed with wonderful drinks created with serious ingredients. Try the Zen Garden made with Roku gin as it packs a powerful punch.
36 Charlotte Road EC2A 3PG
Offering both Chinese and Japanese dishes, the contemporary pan-Asian restaurant at Four Seasons Trinity Square is a must for lovers of the cuisine. The restaurant has its own Japanese Sushi Bar and Chinese Main Kitchen and prides itself on its signature cocktails inspired by the continent, which includes sake, shochu and Japanese whiskies. The modern contemporary includes reds, golds and bamboo-printed screens. And, if you’re looking for Christmas party venues this year, its private dining room can seat up to 13 guests.
10 Trinity Square EC3N 4AJ
If you haven’t been inside The Ned’s massive food hall then you must take a peek inside, as you’ll find the incredible, Kaia. Kaia serves deliciously fresh Asian cuisine. Expect poke bowls and grilled delights created in an open kitchen, so you can watch in awe. Make sure you wash it down with a glass of sake at the swish restaurant. If you’re looking for something different, try the Afternoon Tea for a twist on the usual.
27 Poultry Street EC2R 8AJ
Offering a Peruvian, Brazilian and Japanese fusion, SUSHISAMBA sits on top of the Heron Tower and offers panoramic views of the entire City. A favourite with the financial district, the bustling, cool dining experience is on a bucket list for many. To take advantage of its Japanese offering, tuck into the tempura, sushi or Kobe beef. The restaurant actually prides itself on being one of the few in the world to serve authentic Kobe beef certified by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. When you’ve finished your meal, enjoy some of the entertainment on offer or take a glass of something refreshing to the terrace and enjoy the glittering lights of the city at night.
Heron Tower EC2N 4AY
Koya remains one of the few places in London to get authentic udon made fresh on the premises each day using traditional methods, part of which includes chefs pummelling the dough with their feet. For authentic Japanese tastes, try the Agedashi tofu, lifted by the richness of the homemade dashi broth. Or perhaps the Ten Mori, which comes with juicy prawns and vegetables coated and fried in the batter. Run, don’t walk, to Koya.
10-12 Bloomberg Arcade, London EC4N 8AR