Sushi Tetsu - Closest sushi to Japan

4 weeks old and Sushi Tetsu already marks an authentic sushi trip to Japan. Perhaps the closest thing you’ll find to how Japanese people eat sushi in Japan, here, sushi are eaten with fingers than chopsticks. Rather than a large platter, each piece of sushi is only given after the previous piece has been eaten. This way, the texture and flavour seem much more refined and distinctive. The restaurant only has 7 seats or so and all around the sushi counter, so wherever you sit you’ll be able to admire the ex-Nobu chef’s mastery skills. 

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Fish variety is fairly extensive here. Some could quickly get lost on which piece of fish they’d love to try. We went for the chef’s selection, who’d pick the freshest fish of the day to piece together a 7 or 9 piece nigiri set. Sushi Tetsu specialises in sushi and that’s the only thing they serve. No desserts, but a good selection of sake is available. 

Photos of the chef’s selection sushi set

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Verdict - 5/5

Food (amazing) - Amazing sushi worth the trip to Clerkenwell for. Perfectly seasoned rice, good quality fish and superb garnish to give the perfect balance to even the most oily tuna belly. Instead of spraying every fish with a blowtorch, it was only used on oily fish to give that charred flavour. Compared to Yashin and Sushi Shiori, it’s a unique sushi counter restaurant that sparkles in its own way.  

Service (polite) - Booking is a must, since the restaurant has only 7 seats or so. 

Cost (£45) - Similar prices to Yashin and Sushi Shiori. Two of us billed £90 including a pot of hot sake priced at £10. 

Contact Info

12 Jerusalem Passage, London

EC1V 4JP

020 3217 0090

Website

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