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Top 10 Best Japanese Restaurants, London

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Japanese food is often regarded as one of the healthiest cuisines in the world and luckily for us, London is filled with a variety of great Japanese restaurants. Ingredients such as fresh meat, fish and vegetables form the foundation of Japanese cuisine, which Japanese restaurant chefs then use to cook a multitude of inspiring recipes. Japanese favourites sashimi, sushi, tempura, ramen, gyoza, yuzu and bento boxes all feature in our guide to the best Japanese restaurants in London, but there are a few extra surprises to enjoy as well such as Japanese robata grills, Japanese sakes, Japanese whiskies and Japanese beers.

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aqua kyoto
Soho / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Japanese

Forget Itsu, Yo Sushi! or any of those Japanese chains dotted all over London where city workers rush through faster than two shakes of a lamb's tail for their sushi platters and miso soups. Aqua Kyoto is all about Japanese cuisine served with ultimate sophistication. One does not rush through Aqua Kyoto. One sashays up to the restaurant, located above a constantly hectic Regent Street, to be seated at the sunken sushi bar in the centre. Its glamourous setting - gleaming surfaces and all - along with the mixed bento boxes and black cod with miso soup will leave your taste buds sated with pleasure. Contact aqua kyoto directly

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Inamo - Covent Garden
West End / Restaurant / Cuisine: Japanese

If you're hoping to book a table at a London Japanese restaurant where the dining experience is truly 21st century, with an emphasis on funky, it is hard to look beyond this Asian fusion restaurant in Covent Garden. All your favourites are on the menu: sushi; duck pancakes,; wagyu beef sliders; wasabi fries; black cod with miso. The difference here is that there are no paper menus: your food and drink choices, as well as the design of your tablecloth (look out for the cosmos), are available touching the interactive iPad. You can even order a taxi from the table too. Download Contact Inamo - Covent Garden directly

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Canary Wharf / Restaurant / Cuisine: Japanese

This restaurant - next to the HSBC tower - is situated in the new Crossrail building. One big, generous room is punctuated by a 23-metre bar and an open kitchen. The bar offers seating along its entire silhouette and you can eat at leather or wooden tables of varying heights. The Japanese cuisine on the menu is a step above your usual sushi bar with a full range of nigiri, sashimi, yakitori, futomaki, kaburimaki, and even tasty desserts. Signature dishes include beef tataki, hotate kataifi scallops and a selection of skewers fresh from the hot coals. The cocktail list comprises a great number of Japanese ingredients and techniques such as the Shohito. Contact Sticks'n'Sushi directly

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Chotto Matte
Soho / Restaurant / Cuisine: Japanese

Chotto Matte (pictured above) is split over three floors and houses a lounge, sushi bar, robata grill and a 180 cover restaurant. Chotto Matte's menu offers fresh and high quality Japanese inspired Nikkei cuisine and features a tasting menu of seven courses for just £40. As well as the delicious food, guests can also experience a unique drinks offering in the lounge area with a large collection of fine wines, sakes, shochu and premium Japanese whiskies. Andy Martin's striking interior design fuses both natural materials such as lava stone and burnt cedar with art inspired by Tokyo's contemporary urban culture. Contact Chotto Matte directly

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Koya Bar
Soho / Restaurant / Cuisine: Japanese

Koya Bar is the most recent addition to the widely popular restaurant Koya which sits next door. Opened by head chefs Shuko Oda and Junya Yamasaki, Koya Bar is located in Soho and seats just 25 at any given time. Koya Bar is the simpler of the two, with its plain furnishings and open plan restaurant that allows you to see into the kitchen. Koya Bar's Anglo-Japanese menu differs greatly from Koya and features miso soup, Donburi, Curry, hot and cold udon dishes, Atsu-Atsu and Hiya Atsu, and includes the signature English Breakfast udon of eggs, bacon and shiitake mushrooms. Contact Koya Bar directly

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Paddington / Restaurant / Cuisine: Japanese

Ever since heading to the Marble Arch branch of Kurobuta for the first time 2 years ago, we haven't been able to stop thinking about the pork belly buns. What pork belly buns, you may say? Only barbecued pork belly, sandwiched between soft and squidgy bao buns, with a peanut and soy sauce. If that's not enough, the Nasu Dengaku (miso roasted aubergine) is good enough alone to make the trip, and will convert even the most spiteful of vegetable haters. Serving a range of Japanese-inspired dishes with a westernised twist, Kurobuta has also recently launched a bottomless brunch on Sundays, which for £35pp is a bargain. Contact Kurobuta directly

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Clapham / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Fusion

From the people behind Koko, Mommi showcases a fusion of Japanese and Peruvian cuisine. It has a mixture of raw dishes and robata grilled dishes cooked from an open kitchen. They have a predominantly South American wine list, Japanese craft beers as well as cocktails with Latin American influences. They showcase exclusive exhibits from world reknown artists such as R-O-N-E as well as hosting exclusive DJ sets from top artists around the world. Contact Mommi directly

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West End / Restaurant / Cuisine: Japanese

This Japanese restaurant in the West End offers the same selection of authentic tonkotsu ramen made famous by the Holborn flagship, alongside several new dishes such as chicken karaage and Japanese spicy kale. As with St Giles, all noodles are made on site using a special machine imported from Japan. Haymarket also offers an extended drinks menu with the introduction of bottled cocktails, Japanese craft beer, rare Japanese whiskeys and wine selection. The restaurant includes two bookable tables for groups of 5-7 people, available through a dedicated WhatsApp profile on 07886666663. Contact Kanada-Ya directly

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Notting Hill / Restaurant / Cuisine: Japanese

UKAI's menus blend the simplicity of modern Japanese cuisine with rustic Italian flavours and techniques. The European influences are subtle, but they certainly make the experience even better. Order a warm sake and slowly make your way through the lengthy menu, dish by dish. You'll thank us later. The cocktail list similarly mixes Japanese sakes and whiskies with European creativity and flare, improving on your classic favourites with a few Asian surprises. This erstwhile pub on Portobello Road is cool for many reasons - live music, robata grill, open fire, clandestine people-watching - so requires repeat visits to gain full exposure to its potential. Download Contact UKAI directly

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Four Degree
Vauxhall & Oval / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Japanese

Four Degree near Vauxhall showcases high end Japanese cuisine with a French twist. As well as some inventive sushi, they also offer a mixture of classic Japanese and fusion dishes. If you are into cocktails, prepare to be wowed by the extensive Asian inspired cocktail list where the drinks smoke and fizz their way to your table. You'll need to come back again and again to hang out on the river side terrace, sing karaoke in one of the private rooms and have an evening in the whisky lounge upstairs. Kanpai! (Cheers!) Download Contact Four Degree directly

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