Ichi Sushi & Sashimi Bar at the Park Plaza Hotel

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, 200 Westminster Bridge Road , London, SE1 7UT

SquareMeal Review of Ichi Sushi & Sashimi Bar at the Park Plaza Hotel

Sushi, sashimi and saké are the holy trinity at this upscale, but deliberately casual Tokyo-style eatery within the plush Park Plaza Hotel. A virtual fish tank is illuminated behind the counter, where lone diners can always find a perch; otherwise ask for the ‘Big Ben table’ when booking (self-explanatory, really). Apart from a few appetisers such as beef tataki or sliced scallops with mizuna and jalapeño sauce, the menu is succinct and conservative with a few delightful touches. Fatty tuna belly (toro) and oily yellowtail (hamachi) are two highlights, though hand rolls such as marinated salmon belly are also worth a punt. Asahi beer is fine for a casual sip, but saké is the connoisseur’s choice: look for choryo sawasawa (a cloudy, sparkling version double-fermented like Champagne) or yamato shizuku (‘with marzipan, nuts and koji on the nose’).

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Waterloo Station 372m

Lambeth North Tube Station 375m

Address

Address: Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, 200 Westminster Bridge Road , London SE1 7UT

Area: South Bank Borough etc

Opening times

Mon-Sun 12N-3pm, 5.30pm-10.30pm (Fri-Sat - 11pm)

Nearby Landmarks

Florence Nightingale Museum 94m

County Hall 166m

Details

Telephone: 020 7620 7373

Website:

Cuisine: Japanese

Lunch: £29.99 (3 courses)

Dinner: £29.99 (3 courses)

8.0

Food & Drink: 8.0

Service: 8.0

Atmosphere: 6.0

Value: 7.0

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

Richard E. platinum reviewer 13 June 2011

Of the nine circles of hell, I am pretty sure that, along with call centres, shopping malls, low cost airlines and Old Trafford, there is one that is conference hotels. Maybe even a Bolgia for ones on roundabouts. The Park Plaza is as dreadful a conference hotel as you could hope to find. One thing that I have learnt from time spent in Japan is that the worse looking the restaurant, the better the food is going to be. Joel Robuchon’s three star place in Tokyo is in a grand, faux palace, dripping with gold and chandeliers. It is not very good. Hachiro Mizutani’s equally anointed place is behind an anonymous door, in dingy a basement of a non-descript tower block. It is fantastic; as exquisite a piscine morsel as you will ever put between your lips. So Ichi Sushi should be right up there. Decor is muted, the one window has a terrific view over Westminster Bridge and the three big fishtanks behind the counter are actually TV screens, showing SIMS Aquarium. In 3D. Which is really rather surreal without glasses. Maybe you’re expected to bring them from the IMAX down the road. The food is fine, the fish is fresh, the yuzu dipping sauce with the spider roll a nice touch, and certainly more interesting than the standard soy sauce, wasabi and ginger, and the sushi rice perfectly acceptable. No uni though. Always the mark of a good sushi restaurant is if they have uni. If you happen to find yourself trapped in a conference here, I suggest that you slip out as the rubber chicken is being served at lunch and sit up here at the counter, in this oddly calming monochromatic space.