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159 Whitecross Street
Great sushi isn't so easy to find outside ‘W' postcodes, so City workers and East London residents are right to seize upon Pham Sushi. Plainly decorated with magnolia walls, dark wooden tables and
carvings, this tiny eatery offers an extensive and uniformly impressive selection of sushi and sashimi, plus trendier stuff such as octopus tiradito or turbot with pink shrimp ‘new-style' that
wouldn't look out of place on Park Lane. In general, items such as chirashi (‘scattered') sushi are fresh and generous, though presentation is surprisingly slapdash. Most people come for raw stuff,
but soups, noodles, rice dishes, bento boxes and some spot-on tempura add to the choice. The restaurant is licensed, but Pham's even tinier sibling across the way isn't – so drink beer, saké or
green tea, depending where you are.
Best Japanese restaurants in London
159 Whitecross Street
020 7251 6336
Old Street Tube Station 371m
Barbican Tube Station 456m
The Brewery 317m
Barbican Art Gallery 373m
Mon-Fri 12N-2.30pm Mon-Sat 5-10pm
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Rate & Review
Food + drink: 5
went for dinner on friday, staff are polite and welcoming, started with yellow tail with jalapino and chu toro sahsimi was excellent and melted in the mouth, so had 2 portions! so fresh. we then had the sashimi chefs selection once agagin excellent and extremely fresh.Salmon sashimi, Crunch tuna and soft shell rolls are to die for. I love this place, iv been to zuma and nobu on numerous occassions, ok this place does not have the glitsy glamour but the food in my view is just as good if not better and about 60% less. For 2 of us 1 bottle of wine and water with loads of food it came to £110, would have been £250-300 anywhere else. cant wait to go back.
Food + drink: 4
Recommended exclusively because of the quality of the food. I've eaten here around 5 times and each time the food has been memorable. Service is fine and the atmosphere and decor are average. However those are forgiven for the quality of the eating.
I really hate the term “Hidden Gem”. It is used by middle Englanders about the lovely trattatoria that they “discovered” in Chiantishire last August, which only the locals know about. As if the locals hadn't discovered it perfectly well by themselves thank you very much. Alas, I can think of little other way to describe Pham Sushi. It is a hidden gem.
Well, it isn't really that hidden, but it is in the middle of Whitecross Market, which doesn't boast the most original of restaurants. There are some wonderful falafal, Indian and BBQ stalls in the market itself, but, other than Alba (which I haven't been to, but am told is pretty good), there is little that stands out in this side street, running north from the Barbican underpass.
It is, however, a gem: not as polished as others, maybe, but perfectly classy. The fish is good and fresh, with more modern takes on sashimi than most of the other, more traditional City Japanese, but with the classic staples there too for the less adventurous. The rock shrimp tempura is not as good as the Nobu version, but still perfectly servicable. The Bento boxes at lunch are enormous, and good value at around the £15-16 mark.
Well worth the stroll north out of the CIty, or south down from the more trendy Hoxton area.
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