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. 

Good to know

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

COVID-19 Update for Hot Stone

Updated on 02 Jul 2020

List of actions and policies we have placed at Hot Stone to ensure our staffs and guests safety.

1. Seating at Hot Stone has been reduced by almost 70% following safe distancing measure.

2. Seats have been arranged at least 1m apart with new layout.

3. All our staffs are trained on providing safe service.

4. Mandatory daily temperature check & all team members will use protective mask.

5. Frequent cleaning procedures are placed for e.g. tables to be sanitised with appropriate chemical between seating, key areas to be cleaned every 30 mins, extensive handwashing and management will be strictly monitoring it.

Read more on their website

About Hot Stone

Hot Stone is 1 of 6 restaurants in the whole UK to serve certified Kobe

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Location for Hot Stone

9 Chapel Market, Angel, London, N1 9EZ

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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1 Review 

Julian F

How to spoil great food with very poor service and lack of customer care
14 August 2019  

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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