Japanese dishes have long been providing us Brits with a light and healthy alternative to the standard sandwich lunch.
To point you towards the best maki on the market we've rounded up the capital's best sushi restaurants for your enjoyment.
1 | Oka Robata
Carnaby Street's Kingly Court is making a big splash in Soho dining, hosting a range of exotic star-ups set to take over the capital. Oka Robata Bar & Grill serves up some of the best sushi we've tried in a long time, in a relaxed, casual environment. The jalapeño salmon rolls are a must, while the hot white chocolate cookie dough with vanilla ice cream sets a new standard for deserts.
First floor, Kingly Court, W1B 5PW, okarestaurant.co.uk
2 | Sake no Hana
As one would expect from the Hakkasan Group, this Japanese restaurant located in St James' successfully combines brilliant service with striking futuristic design (interior designed by esteemed Japanese architect Kengo Kuma). The pocket-friendly lunch plates swarm in the business crowd, and as for the drinks list, there's a noble selection of both saké and whisky.
23 St James's Street, SW1A 1HA, 0207 925 898 sakenohana.com
22 Harcourt Street, W1, 020 7723 0666 dinings.co.uk
3 | Shogun
Since first opening its doors in 1982, this echoing basement restaurant – located next to the Millennium Hotel Mayfair – has been offering first-class sushi and gracious hospitality to both locals and tourists alike. With historical Japanese artworks adorning the stone walls, this is one of the finest places to visit for a truly authentic experience.
Adam's Row, W1K 2HP 020 7493 1255, millenniumhotels.co.uk
4 | Chisou
A stone's throw from Regent Street, this modest joint is a popular lunchtime haunt for the media crowd. From classic salmon sushi to the more innovative unagi maki special (avocado and fresh crabmeat rolled inside out with flying fish roe and topped with braised eel) the chef's at Chisou pride themselves on creating the finest sushi. They've also conveniently set up shop in Knightsbridge in a bid to spread great sushi across the capital.
4 Princes Street, W1B 2LE, 020 7629 3931 chisourestaurant.com
5 | Sushi-Say
Sandwiched between a textile wholesaler and loan shop, this family-run fixture in Willesden Green is a hidden gem. Sit at the sushi bar and watch in awe as the chef demonstrates his impressive knife skills and slices the glossiest fatty tuna around. A cup of cold sake makes a great accompaniment.
33 Walm Lane, NW2 5SH, 020 8459 2971
6 | Dinings
For the best part of the last decade, Nobu alumni Masaki Sugisaki and Keiji Fuku have been serving up mouth-watering Japanese tapas and sushi in the heart of Marylebone. With distinctive Latin glamour, their wagyu beef nigiri topped with foie-gras and sweet soy is a real victory.
7 | Kiku
Established in 1978 and employing only chefs trained in Japan, Kiku remains independent and family owned. Whether you're there for a classy business do or a romantic dinner, we recommend you indulge in glistening sushi and sashimi platters until you can no longer move.
17 Half Moon Street, W1J 7BE, 020 7499 4208 kikurestaurant.co.uk
8 | Sticks N'Sushi
This chain is big in Copenhagen and you can see why – lively atmosphere but with enough space of your own to feel intimate, a nicely judged take on contemporary without being too stark and a well-designed menu that's easy to order from (there are nice pictures). The Covent Garden branch joins an existing neighbourhood favourite in Wimbledon Village. It's a huge high-ceilinged downstairs dining room with bare-brick feature wall, while downstairs there's a sushi and yakitori bar. Our tips? Try The Man Food set menu for two which is made up of a selection of succulent skewered meats. And, trust us, don't forego the desserts.
11 Henrietta Street, London WC2E 8PY, 020 3141 8810 sticksnsushi.com/
9 | Murakami
This site on St Martin's Lane has been cleverly converted into a homage to modern Japan – lush wood everywhere, subtle lighting and neatly-arranged planting (including a living feature wall). It's a big space but has been nicely divided into different areas, so offers a good bet for a pre-planned dinner or casual drop-in alike. The menu features excellent tempura and robatayaki, but the real show is in the sushi and sashimi, prepared by chefs on the open sushi bar which also seats eight. Throw in an excellent and original cocktail menu from the team at Brixton's Shrub and Shutter bar, and you have all the ingredients for a happy taste of Japan in central London.
63-66 St Martin's Lane, London WC2N 4JS, murakami-london.co.uk
10 | Sumosan
Sumosan is tucked away on Albermarle street in Mayfair. The sushi you can expect is not cheap, by any stretch, but it is excellent.
The 'sushi and sashimi set' features an excellent 'Suzuki' or sea bass and 'yamachi' or yellow fin and comes on a pretty impressive glass tray for maximum theatre. If you're looking to push the boat out and want an alternative to Nobu, this is the place to go.
Sumosan, 26 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4, 020 7495 5999, sumosan.com