1. Sushi Cafe Maco, 50 Topsfield Parade, Crouch End.
Got this tip from Silverbrow blog. Tried it out @ lunchtime a few weeks back. Wasn't an outstanding lunch (I had a sashimi salad with a coriander dressing and a few pieces of nigiri) but had some potential and I would like to go back in the evening with friends and sample more of the menu especially some of the cooked items. Nice decor (simple modern, clean lines), nice people (chef is ex Atari Ya). Disappointing sake list which is all too common in London.
2. Maguro, 5 Lanark Place, Maida Vale.
Had a quick lunch here last week. Again not outstanding (I had nigiri 2 x sea urchin, 2 x scallop, 2 x aburi yellowtail, 2 x softshell crab) but at the same time not bad and there's an extensive menu to sample. Nice to see aburi (flame grilled) style on the menu. Fish quality was OK, rice and wasabi quality not the best. Korean sushi chef. I always make the mistake of ordering sea urchin when I see it on the menu even though in London it's invariably from Spain or Canada and not in the same league as the sweet, creamy Californian or Hokkaido varietals.