Scores: 4 GFG
I hate places that are difficult to book: Sushi Tetsu and Dabbous are two very different restaurants which I have been to recently but they share a trait, they are the two hardest restaurants in London to get a reservation for. In Sushi Tetsu’s case, one of the reasons for this is that it is a simple sushi bar that has only 7 seats. The restaurant is in Clerkenwell hidden down an alley around the corner from the Zetter Hotel.
On this occasion I did not order omaksee in advance and thus had to order when I got there, I started with a sashimi selection. This comprised of two pieces each of tuna, salmon, sea bass and shrimp. These were all excellent quality fish. The salmon was particularly good. The other highlight here is that the chef uses freshly grated wasabi, this makes a real difference as it has a much better fragrance and flavour than the fake wasabi we are so used to. It is a massive pity more places in London don’t use it as it seems to be worth the extra expense.
I then ordered some pieces of sushi, I asked for mackerel, yellowtail and toro, although the chef said that he only had medium fatty tuna. All three of these were great, the hand formed rice was just the right temperate and there was a perfect amount of vinegar in the rice and wasabi on top. Again the quality of the fish was top notch. I let the chef suggest three other pieces of sushi. The first of these was a razor clam which had a surprising sweetness and also a hit of salt to it (added or from soy). This was very good and is definitely something I would order again. Scallop had been scored and torched and was just lovely. A final piece consisted of squid with sea urchin; this was good as it was a great combination of flavours and I find sea urchin to be a bit much on its own.
I ordered some rolls as a final dish; the chef selected razor clam with cucumber again these were very tasty. This, in my opinion, is clearly the best sushi in London and thus it is perhaps unsurprising that it is also probably the hardest restaurant to get into in London. If you want to go, prepare yourself for a long time waiting on the phone with little hope of getting though and less chance of finding an available table when you do. It is worth it when you succeed though!