Some time ago, London didn’t used to spring to mind when looking for a Japanese restaurant. Japanese expatriates have been in London since the end of World War Two, but even so there are relatively few Japanese living in the UK. However, the vast majority live in and around the capital and in 1972 the first London Japanese restaurant opened its doors. It was called The Ajimura, on Shelton Street in WC2, where you can still find some London Japanese restaurants. The last ten years has seen the phenomenal growth of Japanese cuisine around the world, leading to some of the best Japanese restaurants popping up in London.
London Japanese restaurants are dominated by sushi and ramen, London being a perfect candidate for food on the go, just like Osaka or Tokyo. Look in and around Camden Town, Canonbury, Aldgate and the Docklands for plenty of Japanese restaurants in London, including the ubiquitous sushi train concept. Crouch End hosts some of the best Japanese restaurants London has on offer, but expect to pay top dollar for a fraction of a pound of the finest sushi and sashimi in the UK. Many would vote their local sushi bar as among the top Japanese restaurants in London – the simplest of Japanese restaurants promote fierce loyalty.
Even top Japanese restaurants in London are typified by a selection of sushi or sashimi. We’re all familiar with the former, while sashimi is a Japanese delicacy of thinly sliced, artfully presented raw fish – perhaps the epitome of Japanese cuisine, judged for its freshness, the rarity of the fish or seafood, and the elegance of its presentation. All three qualities are highly esteemed in Japanese dining, and this is what you should expect from a good Japanese restaurant in London. Ramen, izakaya, and teppanyaki are some other types of Japanese cuisine you should explore, and all are represented by a London Japanese restaurant or two.
It’s easy to find top Japanese restaurants in London using Quandoo. Or even a Japanese restaurant, London-based, that just serves sushi rolls. From the basic to the best Japanese restaurants, London has it all. Head to Quandoo, select London, then refine your search by selecting Japanese or sushi from the range of cuisines. You can then find a London Japanese restaurant close by by selecting the district in which you want to search. In terms or Japanese restaurants, London is up there internationally when it comes to embracing Japanese cuisine, from the humble ramen noodle to the full blown ‘kaiseki’ Japanese restaurant experience.