Hooray! I finally get to visit Sushi Tetsu after declining a previous invite from a friend. There has been so much talk in the foodie community about Sushi Tetsu; the Japanese restaurant that is so difficult to get a seat. But it’s not surprising with only 7 seats in this small shop.
You will have to battle your way over the telephone to just get a seat. So is all the effort worth it or just a hype? I personally loved the experience and was glad to have the opportunity to be able to eat good quality sushi in London.
The restaurant is located on a quiet street and even when we walked in there was a sense of peacefulness. There is only one word to describe the decor and that would be ‘simple’. You won’t find funky decos or modern fusion sushi, it’s back to tradition. Of course it was not silent as there was a group of Japanese ladies giggling way. But this would have to be a good sign that the place is recognised in the Japanese community.
Who know if I will ever have the opportunity to visit Sushi Tetsu again, so I decided to splash out on the Omakase that cost £80 (excluding drinks and service charge). Yes, piggy bank breaker! But If I did ever return then I probably go for the assorted set or the a la carte.
It was explained to us that we wouldn’t need any soya sauce because the chef would be using a special soya sauce. We also got a small bowl of pickle ginger which I was interested to learn that it is use to have between each course to rinse taste buds. Now I know why pickle ginger comes served with sushi.
My Omasake started off with a plate of today’s special sashimi.
Followed by three kinds of fish sashimi.
Then a plate of a piece of mackerel fish.
This was followed by selection of nigiri.
It was interesting to just admire the chef making each piece of sushi. Each one is a piece of artwork!
What looked like a usual salmon roe nigiri, was surprising to not be your average salmon roe nigiri that you find in many Japanese restaurant. You won’t find a single salty taste to the salmon roe, instead each salmon roe was refreshing popping balls.
After the series of nigiri it was followed by special hand roll which consisted of minced tuna.
The whole course was finished off with dessert – a piece of Japanese sweet omelette. This was not like the usual Japanese sweet omelette that you would find in many sushi restaurant. This was slightly more sweeter and had a sponge cake texture which made it for being a dessert.
Overall a great experience but price wise it was expensive. It definitely will not be your daily sushi place. But I will not deny that the fish was fresh that they would almost melt in your mouth.
12 Jerusalem Passage