Ginza Onakada

Ginza Onakada was previously known as Matsuri which is located in London St James. The restaurant has gone through a total transformation with a new name and a full renovation. It has moved away from the concept of teppenyaki to bring back traditional Japanese food.

The whole restaurant has been modernised with a sleek entrance. It is no longer focusing on teppenyaki but they have retained a small section that can seat around 4 people. Also there is a small sushi bar room where you can enjoy a sushi experience up close with the sushi chef.

We were seated in the main dining area where you can order from the a la carte that includes a range of sushi and robata.

Gina Onakada

We started our lunch with the Cornish crab meat chawan mushi (£12). This is a traditional savory custard flavoured with bonito soup. The taste reminded us of dobin mushi. A light clear soup that is served in a clay teapot which was available at previously known Matsuri and still is on the menu at Ginza Onakada.

The chawan sushi was beautifully steamed and arrived pipping hot at our table. 

Ginza Onakada

The sushi assortments comes in a choice of 8 pieces (£32) or 12 peices (£50). The 12 pieces worked out to be more expensive for each piece of nigiri as it came with more premium fishes. Our selection included one price of o-toro as well as one piece of seared Wagyu beef.

Each sushi was beautiful with good quality cuts including a lovely melt in your mouth o-toro. Even the Wagyu beef melt in your mouth which made it a good pairing as nigiri.

Ginza Onakada

This was follow by Inaniwa chilled udon with prawn and vegetable tempura, served with traditional dipping sauce (£28). The udon was a delight to have which was thinner and flatter than regular udon. It was cooked perfectly to a texture that was not too soft and still has that chewy texture. A dish that is refreshing which make it great for the warmer weather. 

Ginza Onakada

Ginza Onakada serves a selection of meat and seafood from the robata including Kobe beef (ranging from £130 – £145 depending on the cuts) and Japanese Wagyu beef (£71-£86 depending on the cuts). We opted for the Wagyu fillet beef (£86) which was expensive but it was really good. Each piece of beef just melt in your mouth and was truely good piece of Wagyu beef.

Ginza Onakada

So far every dish we had was impressive and each one was organised by the restaurant to come at the right time and in the right order.

However, I was slightly disappointed with dessert selection where there was no traditional Japanese dessert. The choices were more French inspired with the use of Japanese most known ingredients – matcha. Back in the days of Matsuri I would always looked forward to their Fireball ice cream. It is a shame that Ginza Onakada no longer on the menu although this is a dessert for teppenyaki.

Although dessert selection was not attractive we did try the chocolate fondue served with matcha ice cream mochi. I was expecting the chocolate fondue to have a melting centre. However, I am not sure if the restaurant had meant for it not to have a melting chocolate centre or it was over-cooked. 

Ginza Onakada

Overall it was a wonderful experience with impressive service. Apart from the dessert it was good food that was well executed. But dining at Ginza Onakada does come at a price which is not affordable to many of us.

I was there during the 50% off soft launch period and spent around £60 per person including service charge and green tea. This meant on full price we would had to pay around £120 per person. Even with the offer this meal I consider a special treat.

Ginza Onakada
15 Bury Street,
London,
UK,
SW1Y 6AL

https://onodera-group.com/uk

DOZO Soho

Dozo is a Japanese restaurant with two branches in London and one of these is located in Soho. The restaurant serves a range of sushi including morden sushi maki rolls that are known as Dozo rolls.

We tried the Tiger Maki (8 pieces) – tempura prawn, tobiko, cucumber, avocado & lettuce (£13.80).

Dozo Soho

My favourite is the Volcano Maki (8 p pieces) – eel, leeks, bonito flakes, eel sauce, avocado & mayonnaise (£15.80). Combination of all the different flavours with Japanese mayonnaise makes a sauce that is addicting.

Dozo Soho

As well as sushi the restaurant also offers a selection of noodle and rice. We tried their Curry Tori Don deep-fried chicken cutlet in breadcrumbs with Japanese curry sauce on rice (£8.80). I felt the curry sauce was on the watery side. Compared to the sushi the presentation of this dish was lacking.

Dozo Soho

Overall sushi was better than their non-sushi dishes and it will be the Dozo rolls that you will want to order when you visit.

Dozo Soho can be a popular place and I do advise that you make a reservation. We did turn up and managed to get a table for three people with no wait. However we only had the table for an hour and half.

Dozo Soho
32 Old Compton Street,
Soho,
London,
W1D 4TP,
UK

http://www.dozosushi.co.uk

Murakami London

Murakami is a sushi and robato grill restaurant in Covent Garden. A friend hosted a dinner evening here and ordered a range of sushi and grills.

We had a mixture of sushi and robato grills. The sushi had a mixture of maki and nigiri, providing a mixture of tradition and modern sushi. It reminds me a bit of the sushi you will find at Stick n Sushi. But I would not consider the quality of sushi at Murakami to be the best in London.

Murakami
Murakami
Murakami

The robato grills consist of a range of meat and fish sticks, chicken wings along with vegetables.

Murakami
Murakami

To complete the meal we tried Murakami’s green tea cheesecake.

Murakami

(Not sponsored. Menu and prices are correct at the time of dining)

Murakami London
63-66 St Martin’s Lane,
London
WC2N 4JS,
UK

http://murakami.london

Stick’n’Sushi (Canary Wharf)

Canary Wharf could become more exciting with Crossrail Place, which has officially open to the public on the 1st May 2015. The place have welcome homes to various restaurant groups including Stick’n’Sushi and there are still more due to open later this year.

It was only early this year when Stick’n’Sushi opened their first East London branch in Greenwich (https://chechemui.wordpress.com/2015/01/31/sticksnsushi-greenwich/), and now after a few months they say hello to Canary Wharf!

Stick 'n' Sushi Crossrail Place

The Canary Wharf branch is much bigger than the Greenwich branch, but it has more of a feel like a warehouse/canteen compare to the Covent Garden and Greenwich branches.

Stick 'n' Sushi Crossrail Place

Stick 'n' Sushi Crossrail Place

We started off our meal with trying two different types of edamame beans.

Spicy edamame beans which is served with a warm spicy miso.

Stick 'n' Sushi Crossrail Place

The grilled edamame beans was my favourite out of the one we had and is better than a plain bowl of edamame beans. It was warm and has a tasty charcoal flavour.

Stick 'n' Sushi Crossrail Place

I always seem to discover some thing new at the pre-launch and this time was the Hotate Kataif Bites. This consist of scallop in kataifl with miso-ailoli, trout roe and cress. It has become my current favourite dish at Stick’n’Sushi and one I recommend trying.

Stick 'n' Sushi Crossrail Place

When you dine at Stick’n’Sushi I recommend not to go for the typical plain sashimi and sushi. But be adventurous and try what make them special by using a range of ingrendients to bring you new age sashimi/sushi.

We tried the Salmon carpaccio consisting of salmon, daikon, chives, lime marinade, trout row and miso-aioli. The combination was nice with a much lighter flavour than their Soy Cured Salmon. But I actually prefer the strong flavours you get from the soy cured salmon.

Stick 'n' Sushi Crossrail Place

For those who do not know yet or have not read my previous post, Stick’n’Sushi not only serves sushi but also sticks (Yakitori as more commonly known). We selected the Scallop wrapped in smoked bacon with miso herb butter, Lamb chop with miso herb butter, Rib-eye beef with Japanese barbecue marinade, Miso marinated black cod.

Stick 'n' Sushi Crossrail Place

Finally, dessert we selected the Yuzu sorbet, Coconut cake, White coffee creme brulee, Dark fondant with chocolate caramel and peppermint heart, topped with hazelnut brittle.

If you follow my blog then you will remember the recommendation of their white coffee creme brulee and after trying it again this is still one I recommend out of all the creme brulee on the menu.

I had the oppotunity to try the black sesame ice cream on top of these and was surprised by the flavour. I am not a fan of sesame but actually preferred it over the Yuzu sorbet. The black sesame flavour was we not very strong and well balance.

Stick 'n' Sushi Crossrail Place

As well as the food, the cocktails at Stick’n’Sushi are good to have with the food. There are a variety of choices and there are even virgin cocktails for those who want to stay dry.

Stick 'n' Sushi Crossrail Place

My first visit did not leave me with the best impression of Stick’n’Sushi, but being given the oppotunity to their pre-launch has started to change my presepction of their food. It is not perfect but there is some thing about the concept that makes me want to return.

Stick 'n' Sushi Crossrail Place

Stick’n’Sushi (Canary Wharf)
1 Crossrail Place,
London,
E14 5AR

http://www.sticksnsushi.com

Sticks’n’Sushi (Greenwich)

Sticks’n’Sushi officially opens it doors to the area of Greenwich today (31st January 2015). I got the opportunity to go to their preview launch at their new branch, which is only a few minutes walk from Cutty Sark DLR station.

Sticks 'n' Sushi Greenwich

This is their third branch in the UK, after bringing their first branch from Denmark to Wimbledon in 2012. Then 2013 they brought it to the heart of London capital, Covent Garden. The group brings modern contemporary Japanese that focus of yakitori sticks and sushi, with a modern twist to Japanese cuisine.

The Greenwich branch is smaller than the Covent Garden branch, but it still has that modern contemporary decor. The menu is still the colourful picture book, which is beautiful but the layout can be confusing in what to order. But I was glad to have friendly and helpful staff to guide us through the menu.

Sticks 'n' Sushi Greenwich

What I discovered this time that I didn’t pick out at my visit at Covent Garden is their range of cocktails. The restaurant serves a range of interesting cocktails with Japanese twist to them.

Sticks 'n' Sushi Greenwich

Nippon 75 (£8.59) consisted of a mixed of shisho shochu, elderflower and prosecco. This was the one cocktails we tried with the strongest alcohol flavour from the shisho shochu.

Sticks 'n' Sushi Greenwich

Dragon Heart (£9) was the cocktail that surprised me with the ingredients of soy milk, avocado, honey and Japanese spirits, because I thought it might come served as a thick milkshake. But actually it was light, thin and creamy in texture. This is one I recommend to be brave to try, because you might just be like me and fall in love with it.

Sticks 'n' Sushi Greenwich

Hotaru (£8.50) is a rum based cocktail mixed with passion fruit and apple. This is a nice refreshing cocktail with a hint of rum flavour which easy to drink due to the combination of its flavours.

Sticks 'n' Sushi Greenwich

We started our meal with the spicy miso soup that is a twist to the classic miso soup. It consisted of grilled salmon, tofu, kimchi, seaweed and fresh chilli.

Sticks 'n' Sushi Greenwich

This was followed by the soy cured salmon (£7.80) served with onion, shitake, dill and mustard dressing. Although the dish looks simple, it had a nice combination of flavours that bring some thing different to a plain salmon sashimi.

Sticks 'n' Sushi Greenwich

There are a range of sushi rolls on the menu but when you visit Stick’n’Sushi I recommend trying from the Kaburimaki, Uramaki section and some of the less traditional nigiri.

We ordered two different Kaburimaki and one of the Uramaki to try on the night.

Sticks 'n' Sushi Greenwich

Black Cod Dragon Roll (£12.50) – Miso marinated black cod, avocado, cream cheese & tsume soy, rolled in sesame.

Hell’s Kitchen Roll (£13.50) – tempura prawn with avocado topped with tuna, spicy and barbecue sauce.

Sticks 'n' Sushi Greenwich

Rainbow Roll (£14) – shrimps with Japanese mayo, and snow pea topped with salmon, tuna, hamachi & shrimp.

Sticks 'n' Sushi Greenwich

We also tried a variety of yakitori or sticks as they call it at Sticks’n’Sushi.

– Rib-eye beef with Japanese barbecues marinade
– Miso marinated black cod
– Scallops wrapped in smoked bacon served with miso herb butter
– Panko Breaded duck with wasabi caesar dressing

My favourite stick we tried that evening has to be the rib-eye beef as it was nicely cooked and went well with the Japanese barbecues marinades. The breaded duck was ordinary with out any dressing, but once you dip it with the dressing it made this stick become special.

Sticks 'n' Sushi Greenwich

To finish the meal we tried a few of Sticks’n’Sushi dessert.

– Coconut cake, had an unexpected a liquid passionfruit centre which combine well with the cake.

– Marcel chocolate cake with crystallised white chocolate – I thought this was nicer then the one I had in Covent Garden branch. This was a soft moist chocolate cake with a mixture of chocolate mousse texture.

– Crumble with yuzu curd & meringue – This was the sweetest dessert we had but has a refreshing and citrus flavour from the yuzu.

– Coffee creme brûlée – This is one for coffee lover as you can taste the coffee in the creme brûlée. It makes a boring creme brûlée more interesting and definitely one of the dessert I would recommend on the menu.

Sticks 'n' Sushi Greenwich

Sticks’n’Sushi is a nice place to go with friends to have a glass of cocktail with a few sticks and pieces of sushi. But do take care to not over order as you will find a big hole in you wallet.

My previous review of Sticks’n’Sushi Covent Garden branch can be found on this link – https://chechemui.wordpress.com/2014/08/13/sticknsushi

Sticks’n’Sushi (Greenwich)
1 Nelson Road,
Greenwich
London,
SE10 9JB

http://www.sticksnsushi.com

Ibuki Sushi

Ibuki is a Japanese restaurant located in the Maida Vale, which serves a mixture of traditional and contemporary Japanese food. Sushi is what you would come to eat at Ibuki and if you do visit then I do recommend to book a table, especially over the weekend.

We started our meal with the Roast Breast of Duck (Kamo) with Piri Piri Goma. I was surprised to see this on the menu at a Japanese restaurant. This dish is a salad which is nice for the  warm weather.

Ibuki

Followed by  the Tori karange (deep-fried chicken) which is a more familiar dish that you will find in many Japanese restaurant.

Ibuki

We ordered a selection of sushi to share, including my favourite toro (fatty tuna). I found that the sushi quality is as good as Atari-Ya.

Ibuki

As well as sushi, Ibuki serves a selection of donburi and udon noodle. I would not recommend the udon noodle because it is such a simple dish that took two hours to be served, after numerous chasing with the restaurant. When it did finally arrived, all of us had finished their meal apart from my friend who had been waiting for his udon noodle soup. We could not understand why it took so long.

There a range of cooked donburi and sushi donburi if you need some thing more filling then the usual sushi. I ordered the salmon sushi donburi which I thought was nice and beautifully presented.

Ibuki

If you want a larger variety of fish then the Chirashi is a good alternative, as you get a range of sashimi on a bed of rice.

Ibuki

A meal is not always complete without having a dessert, and Ibuki has a variety of dessert to complete the meal.

Ibuki

Ibuki

We weren’t impress on the service that evening, especially with the udon noodle soup. But the food served at Ibuki was okay and I would consider visiting again. The price at Ibuki is reasonable although I would not consider it cheap. But then eating good quality sushi does not come cheap in London.

Ibuki Sushi
12 Lauderdale Road,
London,
W9 1LU,
UK

http://www.ibuki-sushi.com

Sticks’n’Sushi (Covent Garden)

There was so much talk of Sticks’n’Sushi, when it opened a London branch in the heart of Covent Garden. It urge me to find out if this Denmark sushi restaurant was as good as the colourful sushi sets displayed their menu.

Stick'n'Sushi

The London branch is spread over two floors and we took two seats at the sushi bar downstairs. The deco of the restaurant is modern contemporary and if you did not know then you probably would not had thought this place serves Japanese sushi.

Stick'n'Sushi

We were presented with two menus, one containing varieties of sushi sets and the other was the a la carte menu. I found that ordering from the sushi set was much easier, since it did not require too much thinking.

Before munching on the sushi we started with the Beef Tataki (£9.50) which is like a seared beef but I found it disappointing due to the the texture and the lack of flavour in the beef.

Stick'n'Sushi

Between two person we selected two sushi sets from the set menu. Each one comes with wasabi and ginger.

9-Giri (£24):
– Nigiri (1 gunkan trout, 1 gunkan tuna tartare with quail egg, 1 grilled scallop, 1 sweet shrimp, 1 seared salmon, 1 tuna tataki, 1 seared hamchi, 1 salmon New York, 1 beef)

Stick'n'Sushi

Adam (£18.50):
– Nigiri (1 salmon, 1 tuna, 1 yellowtail, 1 salmon New York, 1 tuna tataki, 1 shrimp, 1 tamago, 1 inari)
– Half portion of Bankrupt which consist of Uramki/inside rolls (1 black Alaska, 1 sparking tuna, 1 mamama mia, 1 dreamy California)
– Futomaki/Big rolls (2 gypsy big)

Stick'n'Sushi

We finished our meal with dessert which had two pages worth in the menu. I was tempted to go for the dessert platter that is made to share. But decided it did not look interesting enough as it include rice crackers (some thing I have been eating over the last few month when trying to reduce gluten).

Instead we choice the Chocolate fondant (£6.50), which consisted of a mini chocolate fondant with caramel & hazelnut brittle served with peanut ice cream hazelnut brittle.

Stick'n'Sushi

We also tried the Marcel Chocolate Cake (£6.50) which was served with chiciate tuille & crunchy sugar tossed with vanilla ice cream. Originally I requested to swap vanilla ice cream for green tea ice cream, but we were told it was sold out. A restaurant serving Japanese with no green tea ice cream is like asking “am I in a Japanese restaurant?”.

Stick'n'Sushi

Both desserts we had was slightly on the disappointing side as it felt like it was just pre-packed dessert but just touched up on presentation.

Sticks’n’Sushi is not what I would refer to as an authentic Japanese restaurant and not London best place for serving sushi. But it will have a large variety of sushi to choose, from tradition to contemporary sushi. I would not come to Sticks’n’Sushi for the traditional sushi, but the contempoary sushi which is less common to find in London restaurant.

In terms of price, as with most restaurants serving sushi it is not cheap as for two person and including two green tea the bill came to just over £40 per person (including service change). This is not my every day dining place. I probably will come here only for a special occassion with a group of friends.

Stick’n’Sushi
11 Henrietta Street
London,
WC2E 8PY
UK

http://www.sticksnsushi.com