*Sushi Shiori have now moved to Bayswater with a new kaiseki menu, see new post here
Yashin, the newcomer of sushi restaurants to London has claimed the ‘best sushi in London’ title with it’s innovative concept of ‘no soy sauce’. After an amazing visit I believed this till the day I tried Sushi Shiori.
My fellow blogger London Eater introduced Sushi Shiori to me, a tiny nondescript place next to the busy Euston station. It could only hold two tables with a maximum of four per table (if you squeeze against the wall) as well as a three person sushi bar. The intimate setting created a real sense of dining at a traditional Japanese chef’s home, especially as we could see the chef working next to us. Since there were only two members of staff, the front of house was chatting to us throughout the evening while the chef remained silent to concentrate on his exceptional knife skills.
We had pre-ordered the omakase (leave to the chef) £40pp menu, which involved the chef’s choice of the freshest seafood of the day. A menu of £50, £60 or a la carte was also available. Our £40 menu included six courses with the menus of £50, £60 adding one or two dishes respectively.
Prawn lotus pancake, French beans with sesame vinegar sauce, salad
Excellent introduction to the menu, fresh, light and full of seasonal taste.
One of our member couldn’t eat prawn, the restaurant happily changed to mackerel instead. He said the mackerel was well seasoned and deliciously crispy in texture.
This didn’t taste like it was from a packet and the red miso was stronger in taste which balanced our earlier starter.
First of all, this was an absolutely beautifully plated dish with a range of bright colours and textures. My favourites were squid and scallop. Squid was creamy smooth with tiny pieces of mushrooms stuffed inside, the freshest squid I’ve tried in London. The scallop was the other pick of the plate with jelly like texture, subtle flavours and fresh to the extent it had a mildly sweet after taste. The green okra paste on top of the tuna created an innovative texture that moistened the tuna while adding extra fresh vegetable flavours.
Again, a beautifully plated dish with a cute brush carefully placed on the right side. It was used to brush soy sauce directly on the fish rather than our typical method of dipping the rice part into soy sauce. The key reasoning was to prevent the rice from breaking off as well as stopping it from soaking up the soy sauce which could overpower the fresh seafood taste. This made perfect sense and left me wondering why other restaurants didn’t adopt this simple approach. My pick of the sushi selection was the tuna belly, which just melted in my mouth with the perfectly combined and seasoned rice. The razor clam rolls were fresh and tasty, making a great change to the classic salmon, tuna or avocado fillings.
Wagyu beef sushi
One word: awesome!!!!!!!!!!!! Wagyu beef is one of the most famous meats in the world for the tenderness of the flesh as well as the unique rearing method. This was the first time I’ve tried Wagyu beef sushi and won’t be the last. Beef is not what I’d imagine to melt in my mouth like normal sushi, but it did, with extra meaty flavours and texture. You could just feel the multiple layers in your mouth and thinking ‘I don’t want this to end’, and keep chewing. Unfortunately, we each only got one piece….
Black sesame ice cream
Chestnut ice cream
We had a choice of five home made ice creams: chestnut, black sesame, green tea, smoked tea and sweet potato. I regretted not picking the black sesame, as it was the better and stronger of the three we picked. The smoked tea was not pictured as it looked the same as the chestnut.
Overall, I personally believe Sushi Shiori is one the best sushi in London. It was intimate, better value and above all tastier. I’d definitely recommend everyone to try out this place, but do remember it only has two tables!