London is awash with culinary variety – name any cuisine, and you can have it. Name any mash up of flavours and originations, and you’ll find it. Sometimes, that makes it hard to find something pure, traditional and simple. Something that sticks to the tried and tested basics, and is all the better for it.
There are so many sushi restaurants in London, not to mention the takeaway outlets that have made sushi so accessible. But, I’d heard the best sushi in the city can be found at Eat Tokyo. They have several restaurants across London, including in Soho, Covent Garden and Notting Hill. You’ll be lucky to get a table at these (although according to the website you can make reservations).
Tuna and salmon sashimi, with a side of tofu miso soup
We opted for the quieter Holborn restaurant – it has a tiny shop front, and a winding staircase at the rear leading to an upper level with several tables packed in. We were sat in a little raised, semi-private alcove, and presented with an overwhelming menu. I was half tempted to let my instincts run wild and could have easily ordered seven or eight dishes. This would have been mistake – the portions are very generous, and you don’t want to spoil this experience by eating too much.
Mixed tuna maki
So instead, I went for some old favourites – mixed sashimi, and tuna maki rolls. Both came exquisitely presented; the sashimi was a kaleidoscope on a bed of perfect sushi rice. The fish itself was delicate and delicious. I wholeheartedly agree with those who have recommended Eat Tokyo to me: if you want simple, uncomplicated sushi, this is the place to come.