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Saki - A must for London sushi + sake lovers


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Saki - A must for London sushi + sake lovers

oonth | Aug 21, 2007 01:43 PM

Bit depressed to be back in London after spending the summer in Bangkok and Tokyo not least at the knowledge that Bangkok is another city that outshines London where sushi and other Japanese food options are concerned.

However, in London, Saki is one beacon of hope along with Edokko, Sakana-tei and Soho Japan, places which I have already praised on this board. I was there twice before when it made a favourable impression on me and went back on Monday night when it impressed me still further. Good sushi plate (£20 for 7 pieces nigiri plus tuna roll) with fish, rice, shoyu all to a high standard. They have very good uni (from Santa Barbara) which is hard to find in London.

Good and extensive (by London standards) sake list as well and we ordered the Shirataki Ginjo from Niigata (a renowned prefecture for sake production) @ £30 per bottle. They actually delivered us by mistake the Shirataki Daiginjo (premium) which costs £80 per bottle and we drunk it without quite realising. However when we pointed out the error, they very graciously agreed to charge us only £30 and in the process I got chatting to one of the Japanese co-owners and was able to glean from her more information about the place and their take on the London sushi + sake scene. Turns out that the head sushi chef at Saki sources his fish from both Tsukiji and locally and is very closely involved in the selection process. Unfortunately he's leaving soon to go work in Beijing so I hope that the standard doesn't go down once he's gone. She also told me that Edokko and Sakana-tei have owner chefs which helps to explain why their quality is so high.

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