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I wouldn't recommend Nobu Berkeley unless you have a supermodel or two in your group. It's noisy, very scene and the food went downhill after a not bad sushi/sashimi intro.

What about Sushi Ikeda on Brook Street? Much more traditional, very high quality fish, good tempura.


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Slightly off topic, but if you're willing to sacrifice the restaurant experience in favour of top-notch fish, Atari-Ya on James St is a little sushi bar run by the people who supply much of the sashimi grade fish to London's restaurants. I won't say anything more other than to go check it out

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Slightly off topic, but if you're willing to sacrifice the restaurant experience in favour of top-notch fish, Atari-Ya on James St is a little sushi bar run by the people who supply much of the sashimi grade fish to London's restaurants. I won't say anything more other than to go check it out

Yes, the sushi there is good. It's just a couple of streets along from Selfridges.

Atari-Ya are the specialist Japanese fishmongers/grocers who also have branches in Acton, Golders Green, Finchley (i.e. where the ex-pat community is) plus a concession in Oriental City. The Black Cod (sold ready marinated in miso) is great.

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Atari-Ya have a van that travels the country supplying Japanese expat communities at car plants etc with amazing quality fish, so if it's that good out of a van, it's sure to be pretty good at their restaurant

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I wouldn't recommend Nobu Berkeley unless you have a supermodel or two in your group. It's noisy, very scene and the food went downhill after a not bad sushi/sashimi intro.

What about Sushi Ikeda on Brook Street? Much more traditional, very high quality fish, good tempura.

Thanks - if there's one thing certain in this world (other than death & taxes) it's that we won't have any supermodels in the group.

We are experiencing a certain internal friction in that my senior partner wants to take them to The Bleeding Awful which he has an irrational fondness for and where I had one of the worst meals of my life (if you don't count those experienced in Newcastle).

But thanks for all your suggestions.

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Anyone tried Yakitoria? I haven't heard much about it, aside from a favourable review in Time Out a few months ago... was going to try it out, but havent yet had the chance. In any event, Winot, it should fit the bill as it is very flash and high-end aesthetically, and the food *might* be great!

There is also a place just off of Kensington High Street on Palace Gate called Koi which isn't bad at all.....though certainly not exceptional. It's somewhat authentic, insomuch as the chefs and waitresses are Japanese, and the menu is inventive compared with a standard sushi place!

There is always Cocoon on Air Street, just off of Regent. Its somewhat past it's prime, but the food is decent, and the atmosphere very buzzy a bit later!


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I'm surprised that nobody's mentioned Asakusa by Mornington Crecent tube. It's a little hole in the wall place, nothing fancy. But my oh my do they have fantastic sushi, noodles, etc. Most of the daily specials are stuck up on the walls in Japanese, so if you know someone who speaks it, great. If not, just get friendly with your neighbours as you might be one of the few non-Japanese eating in there. The sushi can occasionally take awhile to prepare as there's just one grouchy sushi-master there, but it's worth the wait.

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I recently went to Kiku on Half Moon Street, Mayfair for my wedding anniversary. Simple but stylish wooden surroundings and an almost entirely Japanese clientele (apart from a boy and his mother who were regulars). We had the Edo kaiseki for £60 a head.

Admittedly the sushi course wasn't the best I've ever had, but the rest of the courses were amazing - and it was all beautifully presented (proper food porn). I'd definitely go again in a heartbeat - or take anyone I needed to impress.

These were the appetisers:

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The rest of the photos are here if you're interested.

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