Tako Your Pick: London's Best Japanese Restaurants

There are few culinary traditions as complex and compelling as Japan's. The balance of both delicate and powerful flavors, meticulous preparation, and deliriously indulgent street food varieties make it easy to fall into a weekly (daily?) binge habit. It's perfect for a date night (as long as you're fully chopstick trained) or to end a long night out on the town.  And even though it can be, at the best of times, hard to find diaspora eats that even get sashimi really and truly right, let alone kaiseki, ramen, or even yakitori, we're willing to put each and every London chef to the test. Thank goodness the city has, in recent years, kicked it into high gear and gotten with the times. London is now a global hotspot for cutting edge Japanese cuisine, and you don't have to search for long to find it. Maybe you're after the brand new hot spot, or some more traditional masterpieces. Maybe you just need avocado rolls in high volume ASAP. London's got some of the most stylish and robust Japanese food options in the western world, and we're here to make sure you get your fix while traveling in The Big Smoke. Get ready to choose between uni and ika, and, most importantly, to get your sake orders in.


Nobu is a global phenomenon, and one which has redefined Japanese cuisine across a couple of oceans. It's controversial (their two London loncation were stripped of their Michelin stars in 2014, for reasons which are still kind of unclear) but...  Read More

Sometimes you just need sushi and you need it quick. You don't have the time for kaiseki, or the means for Nobu, and you're not gonna get too up in arms about the state of your shibasu. You Me Sushi is the takeaway service (with a few tables...  Read More

Leicester Square

Kirazu is a restaurant with a message. And much of that message has to do with...uh...beans. "The beans are high in protein and low calories. The lowest percentage of obesity in developed countries." Kirazu is something like health-conscious...  Read More

Atari-Ya is less a sushi restaurant, more a north London Japanese food community. Part wholesale seafood providers, there's an authenticity to Atari-Ya's atmosphere that makes it stand out from Marylebone and Mayfair's crowd of sushi...  Read More


Take a Michelin star chef, an intimidatingly swanky location, and a near theatrical take on detail and decor, and you have Umu, one of the shining jewels in Mayfair's menagerie of high-end Japanese luxury restaurants. Head Chef Yoshinori Ishii...  Read More


Roka fits in beautifully with its Fitzrovia neighbors. There's something elegant almost Edwardian to its atmosphere, and you wouldn't be surprised to find London A-listers drifting through its doors. It's sleek and welcoming, and its sushi menu...  Read More

We won't hold it against you if you've never heard of okonomiyaki before. It's the lesser known of Japan's deletable dishes, but it's certainly having a moment. A cross between an omelet and a pancake, with tissue-thin bits of wiggling seaweed...  Read More

Ippudo might ring a bell. In 2008 Shigemi Kawahara and his team took over New York's emerging ramen scene to rave reviews and packed dinnertime walk-in lines. While London might have been slow to pick up the ramen trend, it's here in full force,...  Read More

Blink and you might miss it: Koya Bar, former neighbor to flagship (and recently closed) restaurant Koya, is a nook hidden behind actual curtains on bustling Frith Street in Soho. But what hides inside is some of the most impressive,...  Read More

To even speak of Bone Daddies after having dined there is a sort of synesthetic exercise. Memories of chicken scratchings, miso, pork neck chashu, chicken bone stock, make for an exhausting culinary love. But we'll take those sesame sweats any...  Read More


Meet Arianna Reiche

Arianna Reiche is a London-based writer and publisher. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, she studied at the University of Edinburgh before working with Vice, New Scientist,...  More About Arianna

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