Chisou 1

4 Princes Street , London, W1B 2LE

Chisou London Japanese restaurant

SquareMeal Review of Chisou

Equally popular with whisky-sipping Japanese businessmen and petite girls from nearby Vogue House, Chisou may lack cliquey, celeb-spotting credentials, but it delivers food of real quality in low-key surroundings. The decor is clean and simple, with only some giant plinths embedded with spotlights, but it suits everyone just fine. There are always plenty of takers for the set lunches, when an outlay of around £20 might yield an impressive assortment of nigiri, maki rolls, sashimi and miso soup. In the evening, it’s worth plundering the carte for, say, spicy salmon tartare with raw quail’s egg, deep-fried rock oysters, squid tempura or something from the robata grill – perhaps teriyaki poussin with red wine reduction. Staff in Chisou T-shirts do the rounds, and the saké sampler is an eye-opener for the uninitiated. Arrive early for seats at the sushi counter.

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7.7

Food & Drink: 7.8

Service: 7.2

Atmosphere: 7.0

Value: 7.2

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

Gourmand Gunno platinum reviewer 02 October 2015

Diners in Mayfair after sushi do not have to look too far. Chisou is one of many competing options in the area. It is always busy, does a decent job, but offers little that is tangibly different or ground-breaking. The emphasis here is on the traditional rather than the trendy and as with many more authentic Japanese style restaurants, the prevailing atmosphere is one of calm and discretion. Service is brisk and efficient even if a little gauche at times. Diners follow a relatively well-trodden formula of sushi, sashimi and maki offerings, which can be complemented by more substantial meat and fish dishes. Sharing options are also available. On a recent lunchtime, our sashimi selection was perhaps the stand-out, beautifully presented with some interesting and less mainstream raw fish options. The tempura, however, was somewhat bland and flavourless and the edamame beans over-salted. In other words, some good dishes were good, others less so, although none was definitively bad. At around £45/head (with just one beer each and a bottle of water to drink), pricing is not cheap, but consistent with other comparable Mayfair options. My advice: if in the Oxford Circus vicinity, then walk the extra five minutes and visit either Ikeda or Sakana-Tei for a superior experience.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Gianluca M. 23 May 2013

I appreciate the courtesy and explanation about food. You can relax in a unformal but quite warm environment. Food is simple but plentiful. The restauran is very attended by Japanese people.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

Chris H. silver reviewer 28 February 2012

A personal favourite in London. The food is always good and the service likewise. Although it is not the cheapest option, I have never come away feeling let down. The understated atmosphere is a pleasant alternative in such a busy city.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 4.0

WSN silver reviewer 10 November 2011

Chisou has always been very conveniently located, being not only just off and in between the Regent street and Hannover Square, but also close to the Apple Store where I had just spent 20 minutes perusing the latest and the greatest in Apple technology, as I was a touch early for lunch. As you enter you realise the set up is modern but has elements of tradition, including the small tea-house entrance section, which is more typical of traditional restaurants in Japan. Tables are small and extend through to next door, which originally served as a part-casual take away shop, but now also has more tables for the main restaurant in the back section. Food is authentic, with the barometers for this being the tempura's batter being properly light and crispy whilst the raw fish is fresh and appropriately cut. The pricing is not cheap on the a la carte menu though the set lunches are all around the expected twenty pounds level. Service is the usual “Japanese polite” and overall its a pleasant experience dining here. A reliably consistent Japanese restaurant which is very centrally located and just a stones throw from Bond Street.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

Miss A bronze reviewer 02 March 2011

Chisou is a favorite haunt. The food is a fantastic quality – the spinach salad is worth going there for alone and you can buy the dressing from them – as soon as you taste it you'll understand why this is important. Fresh sashimi and sushi and well prepared hot dishes all cooked to order. It definately pays off to be a little adventurous when ordering and they have a great selection of interesting dishes to choose from. It is not a venue i'd go to if i were looking for a lot of atmosphere. We prefer it for dinner with good friends or for two on a weeknight but no matter when you go it is always pretty full. They have extended the restaurant area out the back which feels a little cavernous and empty but the food more than makes up for it. If you're looking for great japanese food with no pretence – this is your venue.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

MissSushi gold reviewer 06 May 2010

Chisou is a very reliable japanese restaurant frequented mainly by japanese business people. Whether you order hot dishes or sushi, the quality of food is always very good, and service is efficient and friendly. Personally I think the best places are at the sushi bar where one should ask the Itamae for the daily raw fish specials. The soft shell crab inside out roll is a must.

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