Best Japanese eating in London
Sushi and sashimi, udon and izikaya: how to do Japan in London
The temaki hand rolls at Jugemu are a revelation and only served to diners sitting at the counter, why sit elsewhere?
Chef Yuya Kikuchi hands them to diners still warm with plump sticky rice, crisp nori and sensational fillings such as prawn tempura with the juiciest of sweet prawns and ethereal yet crunchy batter.
Dishes and sushi of the day are written up on little sheets of paper (and in Japanese script too) and strung up across the counter. Otherwise, order from a paper pad by simply ticking what appeals.
Be sure to try the superb, tangy seaweed salad, umami rich tomato salad with bonito and nori flakes and a moreish wasabi-laced soy dressing. Try too street food snacks from takoyaki (deep-fried balls of octopus-studded batter, topped with mayo), or the bonito flake rice balls. Both are addictively savoury.
Jugemu may look humble and open erratic hours, yet it is a tiny total gem for truly authentic and good value Japanese.
Price: £60.00 dinner for two with drinks