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London is becoming home to a host of tiny restaurants, such as this Japanese outfit, discreetly tucked away behind Mayfair’s Bond Street. This is safely one of the best places to eat sushi in the capital: head Chef Osamu Mizuno (formally Nobu and Sake no Hana) demonstrates his skills with dishes that will impress the most critical of diners.
The best seat is at the bar, where you can marvel at the food being prepared with spectacular skill. Book in advance for the Omakase (Japanese: to entrust) a unique course of sushi using the freshest ingredients available. Four courses for £75pp.
There’s nothing ostentatious about this place; no theme apart from sleek Japanese design. The focus here is on the food. A refreshing wet hand towel before we eat is a thoughtful gesture: London is many things, and grubby is one of them. Our food is amazing, from the fatty tuna otoro sashimi that fell apart in my mouth, to the mango on eel and foie gras roll, all as naturally colourful as it is flavourful. The crispy soft shell crab tempura roll deserves a special mention. Cocktails are friendly and understated, such as the perfectly smoky, bittersweet Okinawa Old Fashioned, made using choice Japanese liquors. Choose from dozens of types of sake and continue your night downstairs at the kakurega bar, a tiny but perfectly formed intimate space.