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4 Princes St. (Mayfair)
(44) 020-7629-3931 | www.chisourestaurant.com
HOURSMon.-Sat.: 12:00pm-2:30pm, 6:00pm-10:30pm
BEST FORLunch; casual dinner
RESERVATIONSRecommended for lunch and dinner
BARNo (Sushi Bar)
PRICE (APPETIZER; ENTRÉE; SET LUNCH)GBP 5-10; GBP 12-20; GBP 12.50-18.50
FAMOUS PLATESLunch box sets; Ankimo ponzu; miso black cod; inside-out tempura prawn roll
DRINKS AND WINEAward-winning selection of sake; Japanese beers
# OF SEATS25-50
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?Yes
Done up in Japanese izakaya (tavern) style, the interiors at Chisou are notably spare. Black floors match black-clad staff, with plain wooden furniture and a small sushi bar as the only accessories. The understated décor is a neat counterpoint to the brilliance of the smiling service and the ultra-fresh Japanese fare. Though their prices have increased recently, loyal fans claim the unpretentious atmosphere and the divine menu of updated Japanese classics are worth it.
A mix of sushi snobs, business types, and dates.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
It’s upscale casual, but in a subtle way–black pants or jeans, a smart top, and flats will be fine.
GO HERE WITH
A laid-back date; a sushi fan; a couple of friends
WHY WE LIKE IT
The mega-friendly staff and the quality food are the plus points. Great for anything from a business meal to a date.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
The prices seem to be on a continual incline–could be curbed a bit. But by ordering from the set lunch menu at lunch (including sushi and sashimi plates, teriyaki, tempura, and other classics), you can enjoy Chisou for a bit less.
GOOD TO KNOW
Cabbies sometimes have a hard time finding it, so tell them it’s off Hanover Square. Once there, head for a table if you’re looking for a business or intimate ambiance, but otherwise the small sushi bar offers the best views in the house. If you don’t have a time for meal (or didn’t score reservations), check out their next-door takeaway restaurant, Go Chisou. Note also that it's right near the swanky New Bond St. so makes a great casual lunch break during a day at the shops.
Go Chisou (London)
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