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Best Bites | Sushi in London

The best sushi in London can be found anywhere, from fine dining restaurants to simple family-run affairs and takeaways. Time Out-London picks the places where the chefs know their craft.

Atari-Ya 20 James St, W1U 1EH (7491 1178/www.atariya.co.uk). Bond St tube.

This sushi bar/takeaway outpost of Atari-Ya Foods (importer of fish and Japanese products) is tiny, with a few seats inside and out. Chef Indika and his team craft nigiri and maki to order; it can be a bit of a wait during busy times (a good tip is to call in your order beforehand and arrange to collect it), but the fresh fish and low prices make it worthwhile.

22 Harcourt St, W1H 4HH (7723 0666). Marylebone tube/rail.

A tiny restaurant with big flavours and a penchant for taking contemporary Japanese cuisine to the next level. Take a seat (one of six) at the sushi bar upstairs and order the signature wagyu beef nigiri with truffle salsa and ponzu jelly, or a simpler but equally exciting squid and natto (fermented soy bean) inside-out maki roll.

1 Station Parade, Uxbridge Rd, W5 3LD (8896 3175). Ealing Common tube.

Simplicity is revered here; you can tell from the basic decor and the straightforward menu that lists only sushi and sashimi (clam miso soup and edamame are the only exceptions to the rule). The fish here is the freshest we’ve ever tasted, each grain of rice in the nigiri gently coaxed into position. It’s also astonishing value, with a premium platter of quality nigiri (including crab, toro and scallop) weighing in at around £18 for 13 pieces.

33B Walm Lane, NW2 5SH (8459 2971). Willesden Green tube.

The sushi here is worth crossing town for, but be sure to book ahead. Our top picks include the bream, chu-toro (medium fatty tuna) and hotate (scallop). But year after year, it’s the amaebi (sweet raw shrimp) that remains the must-order.


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