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Reservations for the seven seats at Clerkenwell’s tiny Sushi Tetsu disappear on the day they are released (the first of the month). Snagging a stool at the blond-wood counter in front of ‘Tetsu’ himself (Kobe-trained Toru Takahashi) demands commitment to the redial button, but that’s nothing compared to the effort the chef puts into every plate. The omakase experience can stretch anywhere up to three hours, as he lovingly tends to each piece of sushi and sashimi personally, delicately painting the fish with homemade soy, adding a touch of fresh wasabi root and polishing the bamboo-leaf ‘plate’. There are no hot dishes (not even miso soup); the nearest you’ll get is blowtorched prawns, eel or scallops. Tetsu’s wife takes care of the service with great charm. To drink, there’s a short but effective list of saké, beer and tea.


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  1. Sushi Tetsu is one of those rare places that reminds you why you go out to eat. This welcoming seven seater in Clerkenwell, run by an amiable husband and wife team, serves unpretentious, high quality sushi and sashimi to an appreciative audience. As you step behind the noren, hiding prying eyes from the street, you emerge into a cosy bar much like what you would find on the back streets of Japan. When I visited, the atmosphere was buzzing with happy punters, with the bubbles of conversation occasionally popping to be replaced with a soft groan of happiness or an appreciative nod to the chef, acknowledging a wonderful...
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  1. Published : Friday, 3 May 2013

    Drifting Epicure :: Sushi Tetsu

    Sushi Tetsu is located in an unassuming alley in Clerkenwell shared by The Zetter Townhouse and The Modern Pantry. When I saw the dark front door cloth with two Japanese characters memories from past sushi experiences in Japan flashed through my mind. I was thinking zen-like music...
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  1. Published : Wednesday, 19 September 2012

    FeedTheTang :: Sushi Tetsu

    I have had a few busy months since I started my supper club, and I have really enjoyed seeing my well-fed guests go home with big smiles on their faces! On one hand I am glad it is going well, but I also feel a bit sad that I stopped blogging. I still eat out a lot and take lots of photos, but with so much going on, it is hard to wind down and find the time to write a post. I think I have reached a critical point, where if I do not write a post this week I will fall deep into depression and hate myself. Also my little brother has just returned to Hong Kong for good, so I am feeling a lot more emotional than normal,...
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  1. It's taken me a while to write this post, and it also taken me a long time to decide if I ought to share this true hidden gem. But I think Toru-san's skills and dedication should be spread further than amongst the circle of those who's in the know. So it with great pleasure and reluctant, I am posting this...
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  1. Published : Monday, 9 December 2013

    vialaporte :: Sushi Tetsu // Islington // London

    Once you’ve found-out the date and time that you can make a booking, you’ll need an army of people and a personal concierge to get your reservation confirmed at Sushi Tetsu. With only one bar, seven seats and effectively only two sittings a day, it’s little wonder why. If you finally manage to get a reservation, you’ll most probably feel that you need to go for the top set-menu (Omakase – chef’s choice), to make-up for all the anguish that the booking’s caused.

    After the usual edamame, the chef starts preparing an amazing palette of sashimi: sea bream, sea bass, turbot, seared scallop, snow crab, yellowtail,...
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  1. Every so often (not often at all) you encounter a place that makes you fall in love with food and the dining experience all over again…a ‘food crush’ if you will. Sushi Tetsu is one of those rare places. It is almost as if time and space seize to exist when you enter into this small quaint Japanese restaurant and all that is left is you, the chef, the maitre de maison and above all the food...
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  1. I could save you some time and just say that if you're after the best sushi experience in London then go to Sushi Tetsu and be done with it. But where would be the fun in that? This tiny restaurant in an obscure Clerkenwell alleyway is serving up some of the most authentic sushi I've had outside of Japan...
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  1. Published : Sunday, 10 February 2013

    HungryinLondon :: SUSHI TETSU (Clerkenwell)

    Sushi Tetsu is an intimate, miniature sushi bar just down the alleyway from The Modern Pantry in Clerkenwell. It was opened by the ex-Nobu chef Toru Takahashi in June, 2012; I would have eaten there far earlier, if it hadn’t been for my pregnancy and the unanimous medical recommendations to avoid all raw fish while incubating a little human. It was a difficult 9 months without sushi — I remember salivating over instagram pictures and blog posts of beautifully crafted nigiri or perfectly fresh sashimi and I honestly couldn’t wait to dive in myself...
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  1. Now what's quite special about Sushi Tetsu is that its not the first time I have tried to seek out the clean refreshing flavours of "proper sushi" in London. I have travelled the lengths of the Piccadilly line in search of sushi - out to Ealing to Kiraku, one of the best in London according to Japanese friends. But, while it was great, it didn't hit me like Sushi Tetsu. In Kiraku I was in a very nice Japanese restaurant in Ealing, stepping through the curtain into the tiny seven seat sushi bar at Sushi Tetsu, I was in Kobe...
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