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Securing a restaurant booking doesn’t get tougher than this: phone lines at diminutive Sushi Tetsu open at 11am on the first and third Monday of each month for the following month’s reservations. But with just seven seats available, you’ll need ninja-like reflexes and a clear diary. Booking secured, you must also give at least 24 hours’ notice for one of the omakase banquets: starting at £60, these menus allow Kobe-trained chef Toru Takahashi to pick the best of the day’s deliveries to produce jaw-droppingly fresh, precision-engineered sushi and sashimi. If you don’t have two hours to spare, or simply have a yearning for some razor clam hand rolls or chu-toro tuna, items can also be ordered individually. Takahashi and his wife make for companionable hosts, knowing when to chat and when to let the food do the talking.


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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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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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  1. A friend who works in the area mentioned Sushi Tetsu to me and it saddens me to think that had he not, I might still not know about it … and now that I’ve been, I can see why people like to keep hush hush about it. Hidden away in a narrow Clerkenwell alley, it’s a tiny 7 seater sushi bar, owned by ex-Nobu chef Toru Takahashi. Toru commands the kitchen, while his wife Harumi runs front of house. Sushi Tetsu is probably the closest thing in London, to an authentic sushi bar you’d find in the back streets of Tokyo & dining here was without a doubt, one of my best sushi experiences in London.

    As we were led...
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  1. Published : Wednesday, 22 April 2015

    YUMMEI :: YUMMEI: Sushi Tetsu - Farringdon - London

    Those who have been fortunate enough to get a seat at Sushi Tetsu, know of the trauma attached to finally getting that coveted reservation at this 7 seater restaurant.

    Harumi and Toru Takahashi set up shop in a tiny alleyway in Farringdon, with only 7 seats at the bar. It's so eye waveringly small you have to do a double-take. It feels so exclusive that like Sushi Tetsu was opened for the night just for you.

    Sushi Tetsu offer only sushi and sashimi. ..
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