Hot Stone

Japanese, Sushi·
Silver Award

SquareMeal Review of Hot Stone

Silver Award

At first glance, Hot Stone appears to be just another low-key Japanese local. Classic minimalist interiors are matched with faux cherry blossom trees climbing the walls and cutesy chopstick stands in the shape of animals. But cheery staff (who, Nobu-style, offer a Japanese greeting in unison to everyone that comes through the door) and the skilful output of the kitchen lift Hot Stone well above the generically Japanese and prove that there’s more to this Islington gem than meets the eye.

Guests can watch the chefs' work by dining at the counter or choose to sit at a handful of tables towards the back of the restaurant. As the name suggests, hot stone dishes are the thing to try – sizzling slabs of granite heated to 400 degrees which arrive at the table with your choice of protein, with diners left to cook the food to their liking. We opted for the luxe, startlingly tender A5 Japanese Wagyu, but we could have had Australian halal picanha Wagyu, certified Kobe beef or a seafood mix of scallop, king prawn, tuna and salmon. 

If that doesn’t appeal, there are plenty of other dishes which impress. Take the supremely flaky black cod (another nod to Nobu), marinated for 48 hours and slicked with homemade miso. Sushi, meanwhile, exquisitely presented in smart wooden boxes with freshly-grated Japanese wasabi, ranges from the classic to the contemporary: yellowtail, eel or seared fatty tuna with king prawn truffle, say, or a maki roll involving A5 Japanese wagyu and homemade goma sauce.

Just five minutes’ walk from Angel tube station, Hot Stone is well worth a look for anyone looking for an intriguing and intimate alternative to central London's party crowd of frenetic, fast-paced modern Japanese. And while it's by no means a cheap eat, prices are not outrageous for the high quality of the ingredients (fresh 100% Japanese wasabi features prominently), while the short and straightforward list of saké and international wines is worth exploring. 

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Average Price
££££ - Over £80
Japanese, Sushi
Eat at Home
Deliveroo, Supper
Cosy, Fun, Lively
Food Occasions
Special Features
Chef’s table, Counter dining
Birthdays, Celebrations, Dates, Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating


Hot Stone is a steak and sushi bar in Islington that celebrates an ancient Japanese method of cooking and eating known as Ishiyaki (the art of cooking on hot volcanic stones). It specialises in serving the finest wagyu sourced from certified kobe beef, and uses this prized ingredient in a series of innovative dishes. Head chef Padam Raj Rai has over 20 years of experience in some of the best Japanese kitchens in the world and is now also the founder of omakase restaurant Rai in Fitzrovia.  

Hot Stone understands the importance of using high quality ingredients and takes provenance very seriously, from using one of the best types of sushi rice in the world (koshihikari) to sanpuku nori grown in the Ariake Sea and using fresh grated wasabi to add a subtle and aromatic flavour to dishes. In fact, Hot Stone serves its wasabi fresh at the table to ensure the freshest flavour possible.

There are two menus to choose from: an a la carte offering and a tasting menu designed to be shared between two or four people. The a la carte menu comprises a series of starters, sashimi, maki rolls and ‘hot stone highlights’ which is where you can choose from either wagyu or seafood to be cooked over hot stones at the table. Diners are put in charge of this part, so you can cook your choice of meat or dish exactly to your liking.  

The tasting menu, meanwhile, features slightly different dishes from the main menu including the likes of scallop, ponzu and plum sauce, a sashimi selection box, seared salmon sashimi with spicy truffle yuzu miso and truffle and, of course, A5 sirloin Japanese kagoshima wagyu. To drink, diners can choose to select a sake or wine pairing chosen by its in-house sommelier, to enjoy alongside the tasting menu.

For a limited time only, you can save 71% on an incredible 4-course wagyu experience, all for just £29.99. Head to the website to book today!


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There are two menus to choose from, either a la carte or a tasting menu to be taken by groups of two or four people

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Hot Stone can be booked two months in advance for dinner and three months in advance for lunch

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9 Chapel Market, Angel, London, N1 9EZ

020 3302 8226 020 3302 8226


Opening Times

Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri 12:00-14:00
Sat 12:00-14:00
Sun 12:00-14:00
Mon 17:30-21:00
Tue 17:30-21:00
Wed Closed
Thu 17:30-21:00
Fri 17:30-21:30
Sat 17:30-21:30
Sun 17:30-20:00


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3 Reviews 

Natalie N

27 December 2022  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Probably the best sushi I've eaten outside of Japan. Visually beautiful and such a fun and intimate experience. The lychee martini is dangerously good! 


23 November 2022  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Overall very high quality of food and great service

Julian F

14 August 2019  
Food & Drink 4
Service 0.5
Atmosphere 2
Value 3
How to spoil great food with very poor service and lack of customer care

The food was excellent and there is where it ended. The waiter showed know ability to be flexible on the menu. We asked for Pinot pior they had run out of the one i chose but they had another but after checking the did not. The waiter then proceeded to push the cork into the next bottle, but don't worry i will change it he came back with an open bottle. 1) he lied and used the same bottle or more worrying he decanted the wine into an old bottle. My wife asked to change the salmon for scallop the answer was amazing we can't do that as we have priced the menu no flexibilty at all. So we ordered an extra portion of Scallops. We asked for wasabi 3 times and finally it came a way too late. The table next to us replied to the waiter everything was great apart from you, you are the worst. The tables are too small for 4 people with hot plates. Also if you over order they will not give you a doggy bag which i think is also poor service. If you want faulty tower service and great food Hot Stone is the place to go.

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