Every so often (not often at all) you encounter a place that makes you fall in love with food and the dining experience all over again…a ‘food crush’ if you will. Sushi Tetsu is one of those rare places. It is almost as if time and space seize to exist when you enter into this small quaint Japanese restaurant and all that is left is you, the chef, the maitre de maison and above all the food.
Many have already written about the splendour that is Sushi Tetsu and for a good reason: it is the best sushi to be had in London. Apart from the quality of the food and the technique of the chef, what stands out and set this restaurant apart is the intimate setting and personal attention given to each guest.
When we visited Sushi Tetsu we tried the 2 hour and 2.5 hour Omakase tasting menu. Both menus consist of a selection of sashimi and nigiri sushi. For dessert you’ll be presented with a delectable Japanese sweet omelette. All delicious and extremely fresh.
As mentioned before. What sets Sushi Tetsu apart for me is the personal attention that is paid to the guests. Owned and run by husband and wife, Harumi and Toru Takahashi the place oozes comfort and envelops every guest in a cosy embrace. The chef can only handle about 7 guests at a time because he tailors the timing of the dishes to each guest so that they can taste each item exactly as they are intended to be enjoyed (flavour, temperature, consistency, etc).
Sushi Tetsu has only been open for 3 months. And in that short amount of time it has garnered a tremendous amount of attention in the London foodie community. As a result the place has become so popular (e.g., dinner is booked out months in advance) that the owners have been caught by complete surprise by the demand for bookings. All I can say is: all the success it’s well deserved.
In total we spent £200 for our meal (incl. service, water and 5 glasses of rice wine). Well worth it for a special occasion. And I would not be surprised at all if next year they’ll be awarded a Michelin star.
Overall rating for Sushi Tetsu: 9.5/10
(The rating reflects quality of cooking, quality of food, overall service and price)