Sushi Tetsu
Sushi Tetsu
Sushi Tetsu
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Let’s get the rigmarole out of the way first. You can only reserve a slot at this diminutive sushi outfit over the phone: they operate a weekly booking system (at specific times), and you need to follow the rules laid out on the website to guarantee a slot – otherwise, watch for last-minute cancellations in Twitter.

Is it worth the hassle? We definitely think so – in fact we can wholeheartedly recommend Kobe-trained Toru Takahashi’s very personal take on the high-end artistry of traditional sushi, especially his bespoke £96 omakase menu (nigiri, sashimi, hand rolls, sweet omelette etc).

Otherwise, order judiciously from a line-up of matchless briny-fresh fish, all depending on what the chef decides is good enough for the table: there might be mackerel, razor clams, octopus, scallops and eel among the haul, although the most highly prized stuff is tuna – four different cuts, to be precise (including the ‘very rich part’).

Everything receives exemplary treatment as Toru wields his knife, slicing with surgical precision and applying pin-point embellishments – delicately painting the fish with homemade soy, adding a touch of wasabi root, applying mirin or chilli where necessary, and even polishing the bamboo-leaf ‘plate’.    

Toru’s spouse Harumi is the kindest and most courteous of hosts – in fact everything from the exquisitely rendered rice to the premium saké is faultless. It’s just a shame about the palaver of booking a table at this revered sushi specialist.    

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
Sushi
Ambience
Lively, Traditional
Special Features
Counter dining

Location for Sushi Tetsu

12 Jerusalem Passage, London, London, EC1V 4JP

020 3217 0090

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Opening Times

Tues-Wed 11.45-2pm Tues-Fri 5.30-10pm Sat 5-9.30pm

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Not authentic
29 January 2014  
This is not authentic Sushi, Fusion style. Quality is above average, fish is good (although not all of them and not stable) , rice is poor as this price range sushi, and sushi making technique is good. Service is very very slow, but friendly. Definitely overpriced, though it is common in London.
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Ms/Mrs. Sarah M

29 August 2012  
I am so suprised that there is no review of Sushi Tetsu! I visited with my boyfriend about a month ago and I have to say I was very impressed. It is run by the Chef and his wife (I think he worked for many years at Nobu before opening his own restaurant) and as a result you get a very personal experience. The space itself is very small and there are only about 7 seats at the sushi bar, but the whole effect is very airy and well appointed. The food- well just great. You can order selections of sushi and sashimi or order your own in any way you like. It is also nice to pick a fish and leave the choice up to the chef, he is very creative and I noticed that he serves the sushi in different ways and sometimes he seems to make up his mind as he goes along. Everything was delicious. The service was charming, all done by his wife Harrumi. Nothing was too much trouble. Book a lunch, book dinner, but take your time as this is a dining experience to be savoured and not rushed. Fantastic.
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