Rounding off Chisou’s triumvirate of fine Japanese restaurants is Chisou izakaya Mayfair. Complementing Chisou izakaya Knightsbridge and the smaller Chisou Sushi Counter (which gives those in a hurry their sushi fix and is just next door to Chisou Mayfair), this flagship of the Chisou family is centrally located at Princes Street, nearby to Oxford Circus, Carnaby Street and Soho. In proper Japanese izakaya tradition, the emphasis is on enjoying beautifully presented Japanese cuisine and drinks – some of the Japanese sakes on offer are exclusive to Chisou – in a lively, social atmosphere.
Japanese izakaya restaurants are the less formal counterparts to traditional Japanese kaiseki restaurants, serving small plates ideal for sharing with friends, family and colleagues alongside a wide selection of drinks. At home, izakaya are popular hangouts amongst Japanese sararimen, and are renowned for a somewhat contradictory blend of casual, raucous eating and drinking in typically elegant surrounds. As with all Japanese restaurants worth their bonito flakes, the standard of service and the presentation of dishes is immaculate. Needless to say, Chisou in London’s Mayfair, on Princes Street, is no exception to this rule.
Sushi and sashimi at Chisou Mayfair is prepared fresh from fish delivered daily. Think you can slice and dice with the best? Look into booking a Chisou sushi-making masterclass for your next event. The extensive menu includes authentic regional dishes from across Japan, with all the favourites represented – sushi, sashimi, and tempura – plus a regularly changing selection of chef’s specials. Grab a hot or cold flask of sake in London, an icy Asahi or Kirin beer and take your pick from the platters on offer. From the dedicated Chisou Mayfair staff at 4 Princes Street, kampai!.
I’ve been to Chisou for many many years. There are so many poncy trendy Japanese restaurant in London. But Chisou is real authentic, proper Japanese restaurant. I am a Japanese women who lived in London for over 23 years and if I want eat nice Japanese food I go to Chisou. This time I took my client who loves Japanese food, she goes to Zuma, Nobu, Sexy fish etc, I wanted her to try authentic Japanese She loved it
Wonderfully fresh sushi, good ambience, excellent service from polite and attentive staff. Chisou is always a treat and I look forward to my next visit.
Top notch service and delicious, as always. Chisou never disappoints. They are always happy to customise orders, the fish is fresh and beautifully presented, and the good comes quickly.
Excellent food. Highly recommended. We cannot wait to go back. Understated ambience. Love the fact that they don’t play loud music. The real star of the show is the food really. That black cod is to die for.
The service was typically Japanese (subtly attentive) but as you would hope in any restaurant, the food was the star of the show. It was absolutely exceptional. Love the small plate (izakaya) style meal as you get to try lots of different things. Everything was great, but I have to mention the seared fatty tuna sashimi and the Gyu Tataki which I would never tire of eating. Price wise, all Japanese restaurants are relatively expensive and Chisou is no exception, but it is not excessively expensive. That said, the food is so good you don’t begrudge paying a little bit more.
The food and service here is excellent, well worth a visit. Little bit on the pricey side, but then it is in Mayfair. The only hiccup was when I was paying in Scottish notes, which were eventually accepted. Both the food and drink menus are extensive with a good variety of options. I tried some dishes that were new to me and I loved them. I would especially recommend the Octopus wasabi Sashimi, it was very well presented, tasted excellent, ans was a good portion size.
Amazing sushi and extremely good customer service. Waiting staff were attentive, polite and were able to help us make gluten free choices! A truly exceptional experience - what gem in the heart of London! It was expensive compared to a pizza but very good value for the fresh sushi we got. Around £30 per person with drinks (soft and alcoholic), a starter, main and a lovely orange to finish!
Fantastic evening - they had paid attention to my seating request on my reservation and we had a great table, the food was excellent and the wait staff delightful. I had mentioned it was a birthday reservation and they even - unasked - put a candle in a pudding and sang, which was sweet. Unbeatable selection of sake - had the most wonderful fragrant, plummy one. Good umeshu too.
Incredible food and even better service. The Chisou rolls and aubergine were particular highlights and the staff couldn't have been more friendly and helpful, with excellent knowledge of sake! Very different vibe to somewhere like Sticks and Sushi - very relaxed with an emphasis on the experience being based on the quality of food and service than jazzy lighting and decor. We'll be back very very soon
The restaurant's atmosphere was very Japanese, as seen by the mainly Japanese customers who spoke Japanese to the waiters. But even though we weren't their regular/main customers, the service towards us was really good. The food was pricey for the quality - the salmon wasn't the tastiest, and the chicken cutlet was only good for the price of £16.50. We chose from the pre-theatre menu, so the meals came with starters (soup and salad), a bowl of rice and orange for dessert. If you're willing to spend a bit more (i.e. >£20) then there is much more variety.