photo credit: Aleksandra Boruch
When you get to Nori’s address, you might be confused. The entrance is in an alleyway off New Malden High Street and you’ll walk in to find an ornate bench and a staircase but little sign of a great Japanese restaurant. But trust us, up those stairs and to your right you’ll find Nori and in turn, some fantastic udon. The sushi here is satisfying, if a little slap-dash, but the hot and cold noodle dishes and delicately fried tempura are expert takes. It doesn’t hurt that the intimate dining room is packed full of bamboo and has enough charm to make it perfect for a date night in the area. Planning a family meal or a proper catch-up? Reserve one of the private dining spaces behind the chic shoji partitions.