If you consider yourself a bit of a connoisseur in the world of Japanese cuisine, then Hot Stone Fitzrovia needs to be on your radar. The second branch to open in the capital (the first is tucked away on Islington’s Chapel Market), Hot Stone Fitzrovia is a small but perfectly formed sushi and steak restaurant, just a stone’s throw from the hustle and bustle of London’s West End.
The focus at Hot Stone Fitzrovia centres on the dishes rather than the restaurant itself, with a menu featuring caviar, oysters and Japanese wagyu at slight contrast to the relatively basic dining space. But sometimes less is more, and the unassuming environment that surrounds your table ensures the food really is allowed to do the talking.
Melt-in-the-mouth tuna carpaccio, tender butterfish sashimi and tangy Japanese Yellow tail and mango salsa maki rolls are just some of the highlights from the restaurant’s brilliant sushi menu, providing the perfect warm-up to the main event: the hot stone. Derived from the traditional Teppanyaki Table (the ancient Japanese method of cooking on a searing hot stone), diners are presented with a 400°C heated stone and their choice of raw meat or seafood to cook immediately.
Choose from black tiger prawns, scallops, Australian wagyu or – if you’re in the mood for something really special – indulge in A5 Japanese Sirloin kobe or wagyu. The rarest of all steaks, the cut is extraordinary, but be warned, this is reflected in the price tag. Service is slick, with the food arriving at perfect intervals and the team keen to recommend their favourite dishes for each course.
An extensive list of wines and spirits are available to accompany your meal, but when dining the Japanese way, it almost seems rude not to sip on a glass of sake or two. Available by bottle or the glass, we opted for the Masumi Okuden Kanttsukur which is smooth and full of flavour, perfectly complementing the variety of dishes on the menu.
The bill? Well let’s just say dining on the very best cuts of beef and meticulously presented fresh sushi comes at a price. But the quality of the ingredients and excellent service make a visit to Hot Stone Fitzrovia worth every penny.