The government’s ‘Eat Out To Help Out’ scheme offers diners a discount of up to £10 per person, excluding booze, when they eat out from Monday to Wednesday throughout August.
Whether you’ve been craving sushi for months, or you’ve been ordering it at least once a week, saving a little money on one of life’s more luxurious-feeling meals is always good. And supporting some of London’s best sushi restaurants, big and small, is even better.
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Sushi Atelier offers everything you’d want from a high-quality sushi restaurant - omakase, mixed sushi sets for under £20, market price sea urchin - and more. The ‘more’ being things like tuna oshizuhi (seared tuna with BBQ sauce and parmesan), or snowcrab and avocade with garlic truffle mayo.
Although best known for its katsu dishes, Tanakatsu in Angel also has a solid and very affordable sushi selection. An assorted sashimi set is £17, while nigiri and rolls are just over a tenner. It’s good quality at good prices, and it’s open Monday to Wednesday.
Have you got any freetime on any Tuesdays or Wednesdays this month? If the answer is no, then make some. Jin Kichi is probably Hampstead’s best restaurant, and the Japanese spot is offering the EOTHO discount on those days for the next month. It isn’t cheap, but the sashimi, nigiri, and hand rolls are definitely very good.
Yashin is easily one of the best sushi restaurants in London and the thought of getting a 9-piece sashimi set of high quality tuna, yellowtail, and salmon for £10 is extremely appealing. There are plenty of other options too, like an unagi that will certainly drive your bill up, but if you’re looking to treat yourself then this is a great choice.
This little spot offers, wait for it... vegan sushi. Things like mushrooms, aubergine, and asparagus put on top of rice at this homely izakaya-style spot in King’s Cross. There’s a 5-course omakase menu priced at £40 (without discount) or a bento option for £25.
If you’re after a lowkey, intimate Japanese experience, then Dinings may be your place. The pokey Marylebone restaurant mixes the traditional - yellowtail, o-toro, wagyu - with the less traditional, like carpaccio with Umbrian truffle and ponzu jelly. It’s expensive, and the EOTHO discount can give you a hand depending on what your order, but it’s not really a restaurant you want to be worried about prices in.
A local favourite right opposite Aldgate East station, Sushinoen is an all-singing all-dancing Japanese restaurant that covers all the bases. There’s a large selection of sashimi and nigiri, from aburi sake (seared scallop) to tamago (sweet Japanese omelette) as well as maki and temaki, all of which won’t cost you a fortune.
Thanks to Soho’s recent pedestrianisation, you can now enjoy Dozo’s sushi sitting out on Old Compton Street. It’s a sizeable menu with solid prices, and though the sushi is nothing spectacular, you’ll be more than happy with a beer in one hand and a dragon roll in the other.
With an ex-Nobu chef in the kitchen, don’t expect Ohisama to be Happy Meal prices. That said, this Marylebone restaurant makes good-tasting sushi in a comfortable counter restaurant. Expect all the classics, as well a few more Californian options like crab tacos.