Sushi of Shiori (London, 22 May 2012)
144 Drummond Street
London NW1 2PA, UK
Tel: +44 (0)20 7388 9962
So today I had dinner at this tiny tiny Japanese restaurant (“tiny” = a grand total of seven seats: two tables of two & a counter that can fit three people), then I died and went to heaven. And guess what, heaven is actually a Japanese garden in spring, cherry blossoms and all.
… Could this be it: the best Japanese sushi joint in London? I want to say yes but that’d sound a bit too enthusiastic a bit too soon, so I’ll just leave the question open. But really, I want to say yes.
Here’s what I had: I started with a plate of the sushis of the day. Then a friend in the know texted me a few recommendations, namely the Toro (the super fatty tuna…tip: the fattier, the paler), the scallops with truffles and the Wagyu (superstar cattle of Kobe).
The sushis were scrumptious and went down way too quickly so to make the experience last longer I asked for the very last scoop of the Sakura sorbet they had left (Sakura = cherry blossom. Here’s a nice touch: the sorbet is topped with actual cherry blossom bits, which believe it or not are rather tasty)… One scoop is just too minimalistic for a grown man such as me, so I went for a second desert: green tea ice cream. After that, it was hard not to feel that I was overstaying my welcome, so I forced myself to ask for the bill.
Sidenote: the people seating next to me — also first timers — were clearly as impressed with the food as I was, so much so in fact that they re-booked themselves for Thursday. I have to agree with them: Sushi of Shiori is definitely the sort of place one feels the need to go back to. A lot.
[My photos (above) are just too stupid. Instead, take a look at the restaurant’s own photo gallery => HERE]