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My London: Sushi of Shiori – my guilty pleasure

February 6, 2012

I first read about Sushi of Shiori through Londoneater’s blog. Since then, this little sushi restaurant has become a little guilty pleasure of mine. The quality of the sashimi and sushi has been worth every penny I’ve spent here. However, a meal with drinks does set you back about £50 per person – hardly the kind of restaurant I could afford to visit even on a monthly basis. Hence, we’ve been back only about half a dozen times since our first visit in early 2010.

It is also my guilty pleasure as I’ve resisted sharing this place with you since I began writing this blog. Yes, I’ve been selfish – because I simply did not want to increase the risk of not being able to book seats at this tiny establishment which only sits 8-9 persons at a time. Now that I’m leaving London for a while, I’m more than happy to encourage you, whether you’re visiting or live in London, to go along and enjoy some of the most beautifully crafted Japanese food I’ve ever tasted.

On a personal note, over the last year or so, I’ve grown to consider the proprietors of this little gem, friends. This friendship has grown through our mutual love and appreciation of good food; and I miss them dearly. Our chats which last long after the last customer of the service has left will remain close to my heart.

The photos below are of an omakase meal for one person. The components of the omakase will vary slightly with the change in seasons.

Name: Sushi of Shiori

Location: 144 Drummond Street, NW1 2PA

Price: From £40 for omakase (tasting menu)

Go for: There are exactly 3 seats at ‘the chef’s table’ – essentially 3 seats at a low bar facing the chef as opposed to the other two tables a little over a foot further away. When booking, try to ask to be seated here – I challenge you not to be mesmerised by the sheer meticulous and intense focus of the chef as he silently prepares your delightful dishes.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. February 6, 2012 9:26 PM

    What a good find. I used to go to Drummond `St often as a student for all the great curry places along there. This little place sounds just perfect, tiny and intimate. Your photos are superb :-)

    • February 7, 2012 1:50 PM

      Thanks Laura – my husband has taken me to a vegetarian curry place along Drummond Street too and it was really good!

  2. Alannah permalink
    February 15, 2012 3:14 AM

    I found this easy and with delicious varieties. Last time I made it my husband came into the kitchen and said, “Oh GOOD!” There’s no higher praise than that. Have to try another delicious and popular cupcake recipe ideal for nearly any occasion – http://www.gourmetrecipe.com/…Best of all it’s easy to prepare!

  3. February 19, 2012 7:32 AM

    Beautiful pictures, I would love to go too… who can blame you for keeping this treasure from us!

  4. February 26, 2012 4:44 AM

    This really looks like a jewel of a restaurant. There is something indefinable about the dishes which make them look as though they are made with the utmost care and…dare I say it…love. Really equisite.

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