Visit London Blog » sushi http://blog.visitlondon.com Enjoy the very best of London Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:00:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Catch of the Day at Cape Town Fish Market http://blog.visitlondon.com/2010/11/catch-of-the-day-at-cape-town-fish-market/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2010/11/catch-of-the-day-at-cape-town-fish-market/#comments Tue, 16 Nov 2010 12:00:04 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=16896 Sushi bar Seating Fresh fish

Just a few minutes away from the bustle of Oxford Circus, the seafood restaurant Cape Town Fish Market offers a variety of seafood and sushi with a South African feel.

We marvelled at the live lobster tank as we walked in although I felt rather sorry for their inevitable outcome.  However, a huge tank full of beautiful tropical fish also welcomes you into a unique and fun environment.

You can choose between eating at a table or at the moving sushi bar. The menu takes a while to choose from with its many choices, ranging from seafood favourites such as calamari to sea bass. The restaurant also offer steak, ribs and salads.

Cape Town Fish Market is well-known in its native land of South Africa and its popularity is growing in London. The décor is informal yet impressive. 

We ordered seafood soup and fishcakes to start which were absolutely delicious. The salmon glazed in a ginger Teriyaki sauce and the prawns in an Asian sauce that followed left us very impressed with both the food and the service.

The location is ideal for people planning to see a show at the London Palladium which is next door  or for a break from shopping in Carnaby Street  and Oxford Street

Cape Town Fish Market,  Sutherland House, 5&6 Argyll Street, W1F 7TE

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Japan in London: Sushi, Manga, Cosplay and Camden http://blog.visitlondon.com/2010/09/japan-in-london-sushi-manga-cosplay-and-camden/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2010/09/japan-in-london-sushi-manga-cosplay-and-camden/#comments Fri, 17 Sep 2010 09:00:04 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=14637

Japan is about to become big in London. While Londoners have long enjoyed the taste of Japan at numerous restaurants and sushi bars, we’ve been mostly missing out on the kooky-cool of Japanese pop culture. But that’s all about to change, according to Yukiko Takahashi, general manager of the upcoming Hyper Japan event.

“Sushi is so widespread and well-known in London now”, she says, “But Japanese pop culture is the new star. British people like new stuff and they’re really curious about Japan.

“While Japanese [computer] games do really well in the UK, other things such as anime and cosplay haven’t been as big here as they are in France and Germany, for example. But it’s time for London to embrace Japanese culture, big time!”

Hyper Japan is a two-day event in October that’s bringing Manga, cosplay, technology and Japanese street fashion to the heart of happening Shoreditch. The Barbican is also turning Japanese this October, with an exhibition, Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion and a season of Japanese cinema.

Outside work, when she’s homesick Takahashi says she personally enjoys Tomoe restaurant in Marylebone, and visiting Japanese food shops – “they’re a sacred place for us” – such as Atari-ya for fresh sashimi and the Japan Centre on Regent Street. A favourite hidden gem is Adanami Shobo, a second-hand book shop with a karaoke-box behind it.

Takahashi also mentions Camden as a good spot to find touches of Japan in London.  “Lolita gothic fashion I find really interesting, and it’s got a real connection to the London street fashion of the 1970s – what Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren were doing. “I think London and Japan definitely have a connection when it comes to fashion.”

What are your top tips for Japanese stuff in London? Tell us in the comments below.

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Itsu Notting Hill http://blog.visitlondon.com/2010/04/itsu-notting-hill/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2010/04/itsu-notting-hill/#comments Fri, 16 Apr 2010 10:56:35 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=8220 Downstairs restaurant at Itsu Notting Hill Upstairs Butterfly Bar at Itsu Notting Hill Upstairs Butterfly Bar at Itsu Notting Hill Butterfly decorations at Itsu Notting Hill Giant glitterball at Itsu Notting Hill Thrills sign from Las Vegas at Itsu Notting Hill

Earlier this week, I headed to the newly opened Itsu restaurant in Notting Hill for dinner. It’s the largest of the sushi chain’s outlets and completely different from the smaller, takeaway Itsu stores that are dotted around London.

Downstairs is a beautifully decorated restaurant with two rotating sushi conveyors. The decor features broomstick lights, white feathered wings in cases, and a huge painting of a butterfly on one wall. (The theme reflects the lightness of the Japanese food.)

A Las Vegas-style illuminated sign points upstairs promising “Thrills”. Upstairs is the colourful Butterfly Bar, complete with bright perspex butterflies, a stuffed parrot in a cage, and a giant glitter ball.

There’s a good range of cocktails, and if you get peckish you can collect sushi from the restaurant downstairs using a tiered silver stand. I tried the signature Bell-itsu cocktail (champagne, passion fruit puree, creme de cassis and white peach), before going downstairs for dinner.

Being vegetarian, I opted for the vegetable gyoza (dumplings, Asian vegetables and glass noodles in broth), plus tenderstem broccoli and edamame from the conveyor. My companion had the grilled teriyaki eel and reckoned it had to be the best thing on the menu.

If you fancy a cocktail or a light, healthy Japanese meal in glamorous surroundings, Itsu Notting Hill is the place to go.  I’d advise you to get there early though, as they don’t take bookings and it’s a popular place.

Itsu, 100 Notting Hill Gate, London, W11

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