At Ikeda there’s a personal note from Paul Simon by the toilets. There’s one from Steven Spielberg (and other celebrities) too. Fergus Henderson says it’s one of his favourite restaurants in London. But those aren’t reasons to go to this old school Japanese spot in Mayfair. The sushi and sashimi is. Ikeda’s supreme assortments are just that. Each one comes with a mix of fatty to very fatty tuna, yellowtail, octopus, and more. It’s delicious, high-quality fish that melts away until you’re mourning it. And, importantly, the rice is also perfect. Warm and with a touch of vinegar, you’ll want to get a hand roll packed with the stuff. Aside from the famous friends downstairs, the restaurant is extremely lowkey. Plain walls and polite service. But, if you can get a seat or two on the counter opposite the chefs, then you’ve done very well. Also, it’s worth knowing that Ikeda is expensive. But it’s also very worthwhile.
Where we've featured it
More spots in MayfairSee more
Mayfair 1 is a tiny hole-in-the-wall spot making fresh falafel, halloumi, chicken, and lamb wraps.
Kitty Fisher’s is a great restaurant in Mayfair serving hedonistic plates of simple, rich, and delicious British food.
Boisdale of Mayfair
Boisdale in Mayfair is all about tartan, royal-approved steak, surprisingly affordable burgers, and err, more tartan.
More Japanese spotsSee more
Bang Bang Oriental Foodhall
Bang Bang Oriental is a massive Asian food hall in Collindale, that’s worth a visit if you so happen to be in Collindale.
Humble Chicken is an all-action yakitori bar in Soho where you’ll pair perfect skewers with ice-cold beer.
Filter and browse restaurants near you
Text us for personalized recommendationsLearn more