Sushi TetsuImpeccable Japanese sushi bar
Credit: Sushi Tetsu
“It’s almost as if the fish swims from the counter into your mouth – it’s that fresh!” says Michelin-starred Chiltern Firehouse chef Nuno Mendes of this tiny husband and wife sushi bar and he’s right. Sushi Tetsu is the most personal and special sushi/sashimi experience you can have in London where booking is essential.
Why? Because Tetsu, located in the ancient alleyway that is Jerusalem Passage in Clerkenwell, seats just eight at the small counter and is open solely for dinner Tuesday to Saturday. You can only book by phone on specific days – check the website – and you may be ringing over and over, a bit like trying to get tickets online for Glastonbury. But be persistent and when you do succeed and finally eat here you’ll never ever buy sushi from high street chains like Itsu again.
Chef Toru Takahashi works with only the finest and freshest ingredients to create taste sensations that literally explode in your mouth, all the while talking to each of his guests. You don’t choose – the menu is set and dependent on daily ingredients – and you certainly don’t eat here if you have any raw fish allergies or concerns. Each meal last three hours, features a number of courses and will cost over £100 per head without drinks.
Chef Toru is attentive and the food includes sushi, sashimi, nigiri, rolls, soups and omelettes and is, as Nuno says, so fresh you might as well be eating straight from the ocean. The pickled ginger is perfect, the way each dish is served on banana leaves wonderful, the sweetness of the shrimp divine, the rice just warm enough. High end Japanese from a chef at the top of his game. Simply incredible.
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