Where to Eat: Sushi in London

Billie Manning

Fishing the best sushi out of the pool for you...

Spotlight on: Endo at the Rotunda
The redevelopment of the White City area got plenty of tongues wagging and tummies rumbling, but none quite so much as this sushi restaurant in the rotunda of the former BBC headquarters. The restaurant is named not only for its location but also for master sushi chef (and director of recent scene-stealer Ichibuns in Soho) Endo Kazutoshi, who decided to head up his own venture after tenures at Zuma and Catalonia’s El Bulli.

Kazutoshi is a third-generation sushi chef and well-known for his talent; he made no bones about his mission to get a Michelin star at Endo, and his wish was fulfilled: it was awarded one in October. Guests can expect an elegant, minimalist Japanese space that seats just 15, and a small and elegant menu to match. For dinner, you'll get the Omakase menu of eighteen courses for £180 - that's just a tenner per course. Bargain! If you come for lunch, the menu is £60, with a seasonal selection of nigiri and other small dishes like tempura to add to your table. Make sure to get in as early as possible with a reservation: no walk-ins allowed.
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