sushi tetsu

Sushi Tetsu, Clerkenwell, London

The Concierge Circle Restaurants

Getting a table at this Clerkenwell sushi-ya has been a challenge ever since it opened in summer 2012. Understandably so, as there are only about half a dozen seats and they’re some of the hottest in London right now. In aesthetics and quality, Sushi Tetsu wouldn’t be out of place in a smart Tokyo suburb.

Chef Toru Takahashi (ex-Nobu) is centre-stage behind the imposing pale wood counter, where he carefully compacts glistening grains of rice into plump pellets before topping them with shimmering slivers of fish. Each nigiri is inspected with a contemplative look and finished with a dab of soy, sprinkling of sea salt or lick of flame from a blowtorch before being placed on a glossy bamboo leaf in front of the diner. Each piece arrives individually to be eaten by hand.

For the full experience, go for the omakase menu, and let the chef choose what’s freshest that day. Just say when you’ve had enough – be warned though, the bill can add up.

Sushi Tetsu

12 Jerusalem Passage, London EC1V 4JP
Sunday – Monday
Closed all day

Tuesday – Wednesday
Lunch: 11:45 – 14:00 (Last seating 12:00)

Dinner: 17:30 – 22:00 (Last seating 19:45)

Lunch: Closed

Dinner: 17:30 – 22:00 (Last seating 20:00)

Saturday Lunch: Closed

Dinner: 17:00 – 21:30 (Last seating 19:30)

* All slots are based on 2 hour dining

Best for: Great Fish, Intimate Setting, Personal Experience
Smart / Casual

The Concierge CircleSushi Tetsu, Clerkenwell, London