10 of the best Japanese restaurants London loves right now

The skillful haute cuisine preparation at Roketsu brings out the incredible flavours of the Japanese tasting menu. Credit: Roketsu London

London is home to some of the finest Japanese restaurants in the world and is a great city to visit if you love sushi, noodles, and Asian fusion cuisine. Japanese dining hot spots in London range from stylish sushi bars with inventive cocktail menus and night-time entertainment to family-owned restaurants for a quick bite on a night out. Try delicate monkfish sashimi presented in fine dining style or go big and hearty with a stellar Wagyu hotpot.

Curry lovers can get acquainted with creamy katsu curry based on the traditional Japanese recipe. Meanwhile, robata grill restaurants allow you to char your meat at the table to bring out the smokiest of flavours. Amongst the best Japanese restaurants in London there’s a modern dining room with virtual entertainment for kids and adults alike and spots that capture the sophisticated yet unpretentious feel of traditional Japanese dining.

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For a vibrant fancy experience at one of the best Japanese restaurants in London – try Sexy Fish London in Mayfair

Sushi plates at Sexy Fish London, one of the best Japanese restaurants in London.

Elegantly presented sushi sets at Sexy Fish London give diners a unique taste of Japan. Credit: Sexy Fish London.

A sushi platter at Sexy Fish London, one of the city’s best sushi bars.

Creative presentation and a modern nightlife feel make dining at Sexy Fish London a truly memorable experience. Credit: Sexy Fish London

The whisky bar at Sexy Fish London, one of London’s best Japanese restaurants.

Choose from a selection of premium Japanese whiskies at Sexy Fish London. Credit: Sexy Fish London

With its sophisticated nightlife vibe and premium whisky collection, Sexy Fish London Mayfair is one of the best Japanese restaurants in London for a fancy evening out with friends. The restaurant’s decor is opulent yet elegant and the menu offers a creative blend of classic Japanese sushi sets, as well as vegan and vegetarian dishes. Late-night diners can enjoy a particularly vibrant experience at the weekends, with live music and entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights. The restaurant is also ideal for a working lunch and offers a business set menu featuring tempting dishes like the caramelised black cod with spicy miso or the wagyu beef and truffle gyoza. Finish your meal off with one of the high-end whiskies on the drinks menu. Try malts from Japanese distilleries or indulge in a sweet whisky cocktail infused with lapsang and peach.

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For fusion Asian cuisine in London – try Flesh and Buns in Covent Garden and Oxford Circus

People eating sushi at Flesh and Buns, one of the best Japanese restaurants in London.

Japanese dishes, like buttermilk fried chicken, are a highlight of Flesh and Buns’ unique fusion menu. Credit: Flesh and Buns London

The dining room at Flesh and Buns, one of London’s best Asian fusion restaurants.

The Japanese-inspired decor at Flesh and Buns gives the dining room a modern, trendy vibe. Credit: Flesh and Buns London

Small plates at Flesh and Buns, one of London’s best Japanese restaurants.

Grab some light bites with a beer in the downstairs bar or enjoy a sushi platter at Flesh and Buns. Credit: Flesh and Buns London

Step into Flesh and Buns in Covent Garden and Oxford Circus to find a cosy, intimate feel inspired by casual izakaya eateries. The menu offers a range of Asian dishes and specialises in bao buns, steamed buns stuffed with fillings such as crispy pork belly or tender beef short ribs. Highlights on the menu include the buttermilk fried chicken and the tuna maki served with tempura prawns. Decorated to look like a modern Japanese drinking house, with its subterranean bar located below the dining room, the trendy yet casual atmosphere makes it a great place for a catch-up with friends. For a boozy group meal, don’t miss the bottomless Sunday brunch featuring a feast of small plates paired with prosecco or wine.

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For one of London’s best sushi restaurants for Kobe beef – try Kibako in Fitzrovia

A sushi box set at Kibako, one of the best sushi restaurants in London.

Freshly prepared and beautifully presented omakase sushi sets reflect traditional Japanese dining at Kibako. Credit: Kibako London

Sashimi and miso soup at Kibako, one of the best restaurants in London for Japanese food.

Enjoy a sushi and sashimi set with a warming bowl of miso broth at Kibako. Credit: Kibako London

Sushi and main courses at Kibako, one of the best Japanese restaurants in London.

Kibako serves clean, classic Japanese dishes in an elegant modern setting. Credit: Kibako London

Kibako in Fitzrovia is one of the best Japanese restaurants in London for classic sushi. The kitchen here is manned by renowned chef Padam Raj Rai, who has more than 20 years of experience working in London’s fine dining restaurant scene. Dining at Kibako centres around traditional Japanese dishes, like sushi and sashimi, presented with precise modern flair. One of the most popular options here is the omakase tasting menu, the chef’s curated sushi-sharing platters. Omakase experience at Kibako features delicacies such as premium fatty tuna and Japanese yellow tail sashimi. Start your meal off with a luxurious starter course of oysters and champagne – perfect for a special occasion. You can also enjoy a hot main course, like grilled unagi eel or a plate of Kobe beef that’s famous for its melt-in-the-mouth texture.

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For a luxurious afternoon tea at one of London’s best Japanese restaurants – try Akira at Japan House London in Kensington

A selection of robata skewers at Akira at Japan House London, one of the best Japanese restaurants in London.

The robata charcoal grill menu at Akira at Japan House London applies a modern twist to classic dishes. Credit: Akira at Japan House London

Sushi at Akira at Japan House London, one of the city’s best sushi restaurants.

Enjoy a decadent Japanese afternoon tea with sushi sets and desserts at Akira at Japan House London. Credit: Akira at Japan House London

A bento box and sushi plates at Akira at Japan House London, one of London’s best Japanese restaurants.

Timeless presentation meets modern elegance at Akira at Japan House London. Credit: Akira at Japan House London

Located inside Japan House – a cultural hub for Japanese art and history – Akira at Japan House Kensington is the perfect place to experience traditional Japanese dishes in a stylish and immersive setting. Expect sushi sets and meats cooked on a robata charcoal grill, with a focus on elegant presentation and exquisite tableware. The open kitchen means that diners can watch the chefs at work, while the omakase – chef’s choice – menu is ideal for trying the wide choice of Japanese classics in one meal. The three-course robata menu includes chicken thigh skewers with wasabi mayonnaise and miso-infused pork belly. Afternoon tea is also a great choice at Akira, featuring Japanese teas, sushi platters, and a variety of traditional desserts. The wagashi mochi – a rice-based sweet treat popular in Japan – is particularly memorable.

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For traditional Osakan food at one of the best teppanyaki restaurants in London – try Okan in Waterloo and Brixton

Okonomiyaki pancakes with an egg at Okan, one of the best Japanese restaurants in London.

The okonomiyaki pancakes at Okan are some of the best Osakan specialties in London. Credit: Okan London

Fried noodles at Okan, one of London’s best Japanese restaurants.

Enjoy the warm, friendly atmosphere and traditional home-cooked Japanese food at Okan. Credit: Okan London

The bar at Okan, one of the best restaurants in London for Japanese food.

The casual, cosy feel and delicious food make Okan a great place for date night. Credit: Okan London

Translating to ‘mum’ in Osakan slang, Okan in Waterloo and Brixton recreates the warm, homey atmosphere of a small Japanese diner right in the heart of London. The kitchen is run by Osaka-born chef and specialises in preparing home-cook-style recipes popular in Japan. Okan has a cosy dining space with a casual feel – although it’s still a good idea to book ahead, as table seating is limited. This intimate vibe makes it a great place for a relaxed date night or a quick post-work dinner. The menu revolves around simple yet satisfying dishes, like teppanyaki pancakes made with beef, tofu, or squid. You can also try the restaurant’s most popular dish, Okan okonomiyaki – a teppanyaki variation made with king prawns, squid, and kimchi and served with a fried egg. Truly one of the best Japanese restaurants in London for delicious, straightforward food.

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For Western-Japanese fusion cuisine at one of London’s best Asian restaurants – try Shack-Fuyu in Soho

A selection of dishes at Shack-Fuyu, one of London’s best Japanese restaurants.

The Yoshoku-inspired menu at Shack-Fuyu is crammed with hearty and comforting dishes. Credit: Shack-Fuyu London

A bao bun from Shack-Fuyu, one of the best London restaurants for Asian fusion cuisine.

Enjoy satisfying snacks and small plates with a fusion feel at Shack-Fuyu. Credit: Shack-Fuyu London

French toast at Shack-Fuyu, a top spot for Asian food in London.

Tuck into dessert with Shack-Fuyu’s signature matcha French toast. Credit: Shack-Fuyu London

Inspired by Yoshoku – or Western-influenced Japanese food – Shack-Fuyu in Soho has a fun, youthful look and is one of the best Japanese restaurants in London for fusion cuisine. The food has garnered rave reviews in London publications like Time Out and the Evening Standard, and the fast-paced, friendly service gives the restaurant a buzzy vibe. Pre-theatre express menus also make this a great spot to visit if you’re going to see a play in Soho or heading to a West End show. Popular Japanese menu items include chicken katsu – breaded chicken in a mild curry sauce – and miso glazed aubergine. You can also try sumptuous wagyu beef cooked sukiyaki, or hotpot, style. If you’ve still got room for dessert, the Kinako french toast is a must-try. Macha-flavoured and served with a scoop of soft serve, this memorable dessert keeps diners coming back for more.

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For a fun interactive Japanese experience – try Inamo in Soho and Covent Garden

A sushi roll at Inamo, one of the best Japanese restaurants in London.

High-tech dining meets classic Japanese cuisine at Inamo. Credit: Inamo London

Salmon sashimi at Inamo, one of the best sushi restaurants in London.

Beautiful presentation elevates simple yet elegant Japanese meals at Inamo. Credit: Inamo London

The dining room at Inamo, one of London’s best sushi restaurants.

Futuristic decor and an arcade-like feel make Inamo a great spot for fun family meals out. Credit: Inamo London

Inamo in Soho and Covent Garden is one of the best Japanese restaurants in London for an interactive dining experience. Diners at Inamo can order food, play interactive games, and enjoy puzzles and virtual activities on their touchscreen tables. Play together or use your touchscreens – the futuristic set-up and arcade-like decor offer a truly innovative meal out that’s great for families or groups of friends. While the concept may be high-tech, the menu at Inamo is traditional with a twist and is great for anyone who loves classic Japanese dishes, like sushi or noodles. The restaurant’s signature dish is the dragon roll – an eight-piece tempura shrimp sushi dragon roll. Both Inamo venues in London also have a private games room with games consoles, TV screens, and even a karaoke machine for parties.

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For outstanding Japanese curries at one of London’s best katsu restaurants – try Tanakatsu in Clerkenwell

A katsu curry at Tanakatsu, one of London’s best Japanese restaurants.

Crispy panko breadcrumbs and rich, warming sauce make the katsu curries at Tanakatsu an absolute must-try. Credit: Tanakatsu London

Teriyaki beef at Tanakatsu, one of the best Japanese restaurants in London.

The sweet teriyaki glaze at Tanakatsu is a beautiful accompaniment to meat or fish. Credit: Tanakatsu London

Sushi at Tanakatsu, one of London’s best Asian restaurants.

Enjoy traditional Japanese food with clean, stylish presentation at Tanakatsu. Credit: Tanakatsu London

Family-owned Tanakatsu in Clerkenwell is one of the best Japanese restaurants in London for katsu and teriyaki. With a background in classical French cooking and experience travelling to Japan to learn about the food culture, chef Joe Vidakovic blends Western techniques with classic Japanese dishes. The menu features several katsu types – meat, fish and vegetables deep-fried in panko breadcrumbs. If you’ve never tried pumpkin katsu curry before, this is the place to do it. As well as katsu, Tanakatsu also serves up a fantastic range of teriyaki dishes, meat and fish marinated in a traditional sweet soy and teriyaki sauce. The glazed teriyaki salmon served with rice and cured ginger is a beautifully light lunch.

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For fine dining at one of London’s best Japanese restaurants – try Roketsu in Marble Arch

Sushi boxes at Roketsu, one of the best sushi restaurants in London.

Fine dining meets traditional Japanese dishes at Roketsu. Credit: Roketsu London

A selection of dishes at Roketsu, one of London’s best Japanese restaurants.

The 10-course tasting menu at Roketsu is specially curated to create an incredible balance of flavours. Credit: Roketsu London

The dining room at Roketsu, one of London’s best sushi restaurants.

Bespoke Japanese decor built in Kyoto gives diners at Roketsu a truly cross-cultural experience. Credit: Roketsu London

For the ultimate fine dining experience, Roketsu in Marble Arch is one of the best Japanese restaurants in London. The menu is based around kaiseki, a traditional Japanese multi-course meal incorporating traditional cooking techniques and ingredients. Diners at Roketsu can experience a real taste of Japan as the interior decor was designed and built in Kyoto by famed Japanese architecture company Sotoji Nakamura. Roketsu focuses on tasting menus in traditional haute cuisine style. Renowned chef and owner Daisuke Hayashi has worked in numerous high-end settings, including curating the Japanese menu at the G8 summit. Dining options at Roketsu include the 10-course tasting menu, which features delicacies such as a steamed turnip futamono soup made with red mullet and crab and monkfish and lobster sashimi. Be sure to book your table in advance, as there is usually a two-month wait list.

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For fabulous group dining at one of London’s best Japanese restaurants – try Kintan in Oxford Circus and Chancery Lane

If you love all things BBQ, Kintan Oxford Circus and Chancery Lane is one of the best Japanese restaurants in London for grilled meat and seafood. Inspired by Japanese yakiniku cuisine, meaning grilled meats, Kintan has smokeless grills incorporated into every table, so you can cook your food to perfectly suit your taste. The restaurant has a modern, casual feel and is an ideal spot for groups. Kintan’s menu is divided up into generous sharing platters of meat, seafood, and vegetables brought to the table raw to be charred on the grill. Meat lovers can sink their teeth into premium beef cuts, like tender Harami skirt steak or flat iron steak marinated in sweet soy sauce. Seafood dishes like fresh miso scallops or squid marinated in soy and garlic take on a deliciously smoky flavour when charred.

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London has so much to offer Asian food lovers, from traditional Japanese cuisine to innovative new dishes and flavours. Whether you love classic sushi and sashimi sets, warming noodle soups, or innovative fusion cuisine, you can find Japanese restaurants in London to suit your tastes. This list of the best Japanese restaurants in London is just the start.

 

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