Okay so they might not all be secrets – but they’re Secret London’s favourites, so that’s got to be worth something. For the freshest fish around, look no further than these five little locals. We’ve kept the prices down and included one special lunchtime deal that might just make your day. Don’t say we don’t look after you.
1. Sushi Waka, NW1 7PP
This one’s a favourite with the Camden locals – and apparently it’s also Julian Clary’s top spot to go for sushi. But don’t let that put you off (soz Julian), it’s not at all pretentious and the fish is faultlessly fresh. Entering Sushi Waka kind of feels like you’ve just stumbled upon a pocket of rural Japan right in the centre of Camden Town. And their sake is second to none.
75 Parkway, Camden, NW1 7PP
2. Sushilicious @ BOXPARK, E1 6GY
We can’t all afford to go to Nobu. But that shouldn’t mean that you have to settle for a bleak pair of Yo Sushi blue plates. Situated in Shoreditch’s trendy BOXPARK, Sushilicious is a favourite lunchtime spot for those that love their sushi fresh and their surroundings even fresher. Download the Fever app and keep an eye out for regular lunchtime deals, like the one they’ve got on today, where you can choose from an option of 3 bento boxes for only £6.90. It knocks spots off Itsu. We promise.
2-10 Bethnal Green Rd, E1 6GY
3. Eat Tokyo, W8 7SR (and various other locations)
Don’t be put off by the fact that this one is a chain – you certainly wouldn’t know it from stepping into their Notting Hill branch. Tucked just behind Notting Hill Gate and always packed with locals, the specials here are out of this world. Don’t go here without trying the Spider Roll – crispy deep fried soft shell crap, avocado, cucumber and mayonnaise with tobiko – it’s practically orgasmic.
18 Hillgate St, Notting Hill, W8 7SR
4. Sushi-Say, NW2 5SH
When it comes to sushi, we like inconspicuous. And this little neighbourhood haunt is about as unimposing as you can get. Don’t be fooled by the rough-round-the-edges exterior though, this year Sushi-Say was voted one of the top 5 restaurants in London in the £40 to £49 category of the Harden’s London Restaurants guide, meaning the food is kind of tip top. And booking is essential.
33b Walm Lane, Willesden, NW2 5SH
5. Yoshino, W1J 0DB
The famous neon sign announces ‘sushi’ but tucked down a quiet alley in Piccadilly, this is still an easy spot to miss. Not just a restaurant serving the freshest of fresh sushi, the company is also a supplier of seafood. The selection of sushi is small but the salmon on the nigiri is so silky that it melts on the mouth. You also can’t really call yourself a Londoner unless you have been here. Jus sayin’.
3 Piccadilly Place, W1J 0DB