An instantly recognisable yellow & pink butterfly now flies above some 35 branches of Itsu, both takeout shops & swish flagship restaurants. The links in the chain (founded by Julian ‘Pret a Manger’ Metcalfe) vary in size & promise, but all share the brand’s ‘health & happiness’ ethos – a philosophy that translates into light, fresh & fashionable Japanese-inspired sushi, soups & salads served with some style. For a quick lunch, try a sandwich-salad hybrid or one of the ‘grab & go’ bento boxes; otherwise simply snack on wasabi popcorn & dark chocolate rice cakes. From the conveyor belt – Itsu was a kaiten pioneer in the UK – go for colour-coded plates such as tataki beef salad or ‘new style’ salmon sashimi. Exotic cocktails including kiwimanjaro & lychee martini have the edge on the to-the-point drinks list.
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