The 10 best spots in the capital to get your sushi fix
Sushi. You either love it or you hate it. Here at St Christopher’s, we’re partial to some fresh Japanese food - so thought we’d write an article about all the best sushi spots in the city. Sashimi, California rolls, slippery salmon and rice wrapped in seaweed. Our tastebuds get all tingly just thinking about it. Delicate parcels topped with a fiery wasabi kick, a generous dash of soy sauce - and let’s not forget the finishing touch - a tiny strand of ginger. So satisfying. These are our 10 affordable spots to get your fishy fix:
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Just around the corner from our St Christopher’s hostel, you’ll find the best sushi spot in Liverpool Street. Hidden away in the Andaz Hotel, Miyako is a smart spot in the banker’s district serving seriously tasty sushi, sashimi and teriyaki. The contemporary interior equipped with dark wooden tables is a relaxing place to dine, away from the hustle and bustle of Liverpool Street.
Head chef Kosei Sakamoto takes pride in each of his dishes, presenting them beautifully so it will feel like a real treat eating here - not just because it’s inside a 5 star hotel. Miyako is probably the priciest joint in this list (but still pretty decent compared to the other overly priced sushi spots in the area like Sushi Samba). If you're sharing it works out pretty affordable - and isn’t sharing what sushi’s all about?
Kulu Kulu Sushi
Soho is home to some of the best food in the city - so you can count on the area to be buzzing every single evening. One affordable place to check out for tasty sushi is Kulu Kulu. The dining experience is a fun way to eat, with each dish coming out on a conveyor belt. All you have to do is wait for your food to make its way around - and pick your small plate as it goes by. The sushi selection is fairly simple but seriously delicious. We recommend the tuna maki rolls and the hand rolled prawn tempura. Yum. Plus, you get free unlimited green tea!
Our favourite sushi spot in Hammersmith. Suzu is right next to our head office and just a short walk away from St Christopher’s (so we come here A LOT on our lunch breaks). The sushi is so fresh that it just melts in your mouth.
This spot boasts a really diverse menu with so much to offer including different types of sushi and comforting hot, hearty Japanese meals like Katsu curry and spicy prawn. It looks small and humble on the outside, but enter and there are two whole floors for dining - and it’s always rammed (for a reason). The veg dumplings are to die for and the sushi is truly authentic with fluffy rice and wonderful takeaway boxes. You also get a lot for your money.
How good does this sashimi look?
This Japanese restaurant near Willesden Green station is a local treasure. On the outskirts of central London, this is the place to come to if you’re looking for top-notch sushi and excellent service. The menu takes sushi to such sophisticated places, yet it’s still a great price! From sake marinated oyster to sea urchin and vast sashimi selections, your taste buds are in for some good fun and flavour. They serve pretty inventive desserts, too.
Yoobi is different to any other sushi joint in the city. It serves all of its sushi in seaweed cones - and the fillings are so creative with a Brazilian-Japanese fusion. Plus, it’s London’s first ever temakeria. Not familiar with the term? A temakeria is sushi, wrapped in a crisp nori (seaweed) cone, perfect for eating on the go or for a quick bite to eat. Freshly prepared with all ingredients sourced locally, Yoobi is definitely one to try! It has a fun, quirky interior with bold pops of colour and a hip, young vibe.
Just a six minute walk from St Christopher's in Camden, Bento Ramen is a great sushi spot nearby the hostel. Camden excels when it comes to oriental food so it would be wrong not to include this London borough in our list. Bento Ramen sells awesome ramen, but the sushi is also amazing. Fresh, tasty and delicate. Try the Sumo platter if you’re in a group - it will not let you down for a big feast!
This cafe may be tiny and hidden away but it serves some of the most authentic sushi in London. Once discovered, it has people returning over and over again, recommending it to all their friends. ZEN Washoku is right in the heart of Holloway in Nags Head Market - and proves you don’t have to go to areas more central to the city in search for great grub.
Do not be fooled by its plain exterior, as once you step inside and discover this little London gem, you’ll realise why it’s a local favourite. Located in the heart of Greenwich, just up the road from our Greenwich hostel, Zaibatsu is an absolute must to satisfy your sushi cravings during a busy day of exploring London’s south east. High quality fish for seriously affordable prices, lovely staff and even BYOB… If this isn’t sushi heaven, we don’t know what is.
If it’s great quality sushi AND jaw-dropping prices you’re expecting here, you definitely will not be surprised. This intimate little restaurant is a go-to for those in-the-know, as when there’s a mouth watering 12 piece selection on the menu costing only £6.90, there’s no going back.
Not only is the sushi some of the tastiest in town, but everything on the menu is fresh, flavoursome and unbelievably affordable. If you’ve never been before, put it on your list of must-trys and the chef will rustle you up a delicious sushi surprise…
Just a couple of minutes walk from Putney station, you’ll find one of the best sushi spots in the whole of west London. This tiny and authentic Japanese eatery rustles up fresh and affordable sushi right before your eyes, making it a firm favourite amongst Putney’s locals. Sit at the bar and watch the chef create your perfect rolls of sushi. Just be warned that Midori is a cosy little place, but if you can’t get a seat then having it to go is still a better option than nothing!
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Article by Shereen Sagoo and Darcy King
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