A sleek and stylish central London sushi bar
Go: For a pay-day celebration
Eat: Soft shell crab roll
Pay: About £10 for sushi rolls, £9 for a cocktail
When I’m meeting friends for dinner after work, I tend to avoid busy tourist hotspots like Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square. Murakami, though, is right in the middle of the hubbub, surrounded by West End theatres and people. Loads of people. It’s my idea of a post-work nightmare.
But inside it’s a different story. The sushi bar has a green, fresh and calm vibe. The staff are efficient, so you can be left to de-stress from your day safe in the knowledge that you’re not going to be forgotten while waiting for a table.
The menu is extensive and, for sushi novices like me, a little daunting. We opted to share a few bits rather than ordering any big plates from the grill. The dishes did look delicious but I think sharing is the way to go. You can also just keep ordering things if you finish and realise you’re still peckish.
Murakami do the classics – crispy squid, vegetable tempura – incredibly well. But the signature rolls are where you’re going to want to focus. The California, spicy mango and softshell crab rolls were heavenly. Each roll consists of 6-8 pieces. I’ve never seen sushi look so pretty.
This isn’t a cheap way to eat. Like tapas, it quickly adds up. But if you’re after a convenient, central meeting spot – and some seriously good sushi – it’s worth a visit. I’ll definitely be back.
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