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Defune Japanese restaurant London Marylebone

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This oriental veteran claims to be the oldest Japanese restaurant in London, and it’s become renowned for offering standout traditional dishes in pleasingly approachable surrounds: relax in the tastefully plain sushi bar and dining room or descend to the tunnel-like basement for the “classier side” of teppanyaki. Other places trade on sex appeal or bargain-basement street food, but Defune’s impeccable reputation shines through on a menu that resolutely follows the well-trodden path through sushi and sashimi, soba and udon noodles, teriyaki and tempura, green salads anointed with vinegary dressings and other benchmarks of the old cuisine. Service is suitably polite and reserved, the overall quality is high and prices are “robust without seeming unfair”. Note that the dining room can often seem quite quiet, but that’s no bad thing – Defune was never designed as a party restaurant.

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Defune

34 George Street ,London W1U 7DT

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by   (2)

Oct 2012

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Delicious Japanese food! I have been a number of times now and love Teppanyaki dining as the chefs cook for you at the table. The sushi and sashimi in my opinion is the best in town. The location in the heart of Marylebone is also great.

Karen P.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 9

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34 George Street ,London W1U 7DT

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by   (4)

Aug 2012

I have been going to Defune for many years and it is one of my favourite restaurants in London. Some have said that it lacks atmosphere; I don't think that this is true, it just isn't in your face jazzy, but to be honest I think it is far better for this. The food is fantastic, always fresh and such attention to detail. For a quick lunch the upstairs bar area is fab, and part of the fun is engaging with the chefs who make the sushi and sashimi who are always so interested in your meal and happy to...

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Selma's rating

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 8

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34 George Street ,London W1U 7DT

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by   (4)

Jul 2011

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

I think that this is one of the oldest Japanese restaurants in London. It is full of Japanese businessmen in the evening and has a very cool private room and a wall of Sake bottles with customers names on. All of the sashimi was of an excellent standard – service a little slow on last visit – but nothing to write home about. I have been many times and will go many more.

Mike E.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 9

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34 George Street ,London W1U 7DT

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by   platinum reviewer (153)

Oct 2009

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

The best way to experience Defune is to sit at the counter and let the sushi chefs do their stuff; they know what is fresh in that day, so put your dining in their hands and let them show what they can do. OK, the atmosphere is a little thin, but it beats the hell out of places where you can't hear yourself think, let alone hear your dining companion's moans of pleasure as another perfect morsal passes her lips.

Richard E.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 8

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34 George Street ,London W1U 7DT

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by   (4)

Aug 2009

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Defune is one of the best sushi bars in London, but it's certainly not perfect. I use to go there for many years when they were in their former premises in Blandford St when I lived nearby, and frequently took a box of their best sushi assortment home for the delectation of my wife, who is Japanese. The ‘new’ premises is light and spacious restaurant (at least upstairs) is ideal for lunch and is capable of serving with the freshest ingredients, expertly put together. Today I had tai (sea bream),...

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Herry L.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 6

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34 George Street ,London W1U 7DT

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by   (1)

Jul 2009

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

The best sushi in London. I have been a customer for over 30 years and used to go to their other restaurant in blandford st. Now they have moved to george street and they have a teppan table which makes a great night out. The food is brilliant both at the teppan table and nromal tables. The sushi compares to some of the best I have tasted in Tokyo.

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 9

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34 George Street ,London W1U 7DT

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by   silver reviewer (29)

Jan 2009

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

I thought Defune was an ok sushi-place, but not great in any way. The décor was very bright and felt quite unwelcoming. Downstairs is a bit better, but still a bit of a hospital feel to it. The personnel, however, were very accommodating and service was as good as can be expected. I even had my ignorant sushi-questions answered in a friendly manner. I finally now know for sure that you’re supposed to dip only the fish part, not the rice, in the soy sauce. Apparently it’s not a life-or-death issue...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 5
  • Value: 6

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34 George Street ,London W1U 7DT

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by   gold reviewer (32)

Jan 2009

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

This restaurant is for serious and generous sushi addicts. Due to lack of atmosphere I recommend people to sit at the sushi bar and speak directly to the sushi chef about your fish preferences – you won't be disappointed. As far as quality, freshness of fish and authenticity go, Defune is one of the top japanese restaurants in London. It is expensive, but very well worth it, although I have yet to try any cooked dishes (I keep going for raw fish here). Perfect for post-Selfridges lunch or early dinner...

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 4
  • Value: 6

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  • Address: 34 George Street, London W1U 7DT
  • Telephone: 020 7935 8311
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  • Opening Times: Mon-Sun 12N-2.30pm 6-10.45pm

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