Hot Stone
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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, super-heated slabs of granite 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 Scottish sirloin or rib-eye, 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 a blob of fresh wasabi, ranges from the classic to the contemporary: yellowtail, eel or fatty tuna, say, or a Suzuki roll involving seared seabass slices with pomegranate and yuzu miso. 

Moments 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
££££ - £30 - £49
Japanese, Sushi
Cosy, Fun, Lively
Special Features
Counter dining

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 12:30-14:30
Sat 12:30-14:30
Sun 12:30-14:30
Mon Closed
Tue 18:00-21:30
Wed 18:00-21:30
Thu 18:00-21:30
Fri 18:00-21:30
Sat 18:00-21:30
Sun 18:00-21:30

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Mr. 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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