If you want to satisfy your Omakase cravings while in London, then this next restaurant is your port of call. Critically acclaimed restaurant Sushi On Jones has a handful of raved about outposts in New York, and now the coveted sushi joint has rocked up in London – in King’s Cross – and I was undeniably excited for it.
From New York to London
When you think of a sushi restaurant you might, like me, picture somewhere quite busy and populated, but Sushi On Jones is far from that. It’s a unique spot, nestled on Good’s Way in King’s Cross, and it feels intimate and exciting. A central area where the chef rustles up the fare sits centre stage, and this is where you’ll pull up a pew to indulge in 45 minutes of magic, courtesy of a chef whose sushi knowledge knows no bounds.
The restaurant, which first opened in 2016 in New York, provides unrivalled sushi, which is perhaps why it has garnered a dedicated following at its New York venues. The counter-style dining provides an immersive feel as you feast, and you can ask questions and learn while drinking Japanese bourbon, or whatever tipple takes your fancy.
Drinks at Sushi on Jones London
We started with sake. Apt, and delicious. There’s a range to choose from, and I selected a light one with a plum base. The only downside is that sake has a devilish ability to look like a glass of water, leading you to pick it up and glug it back, before differentiating the alcoholic taste!
Omakase Menu – Sushi on Jones London
You’re given a wooden board and on it a heap of ginger and some wasabi too, then the sushi experience begins.
The chef explained to us that we start quite simple, and then each roll gets punchier, bringing more of a taste explosion and playing with more uncustomary ingredients – He wasn’t lying!
The menu twists and turns from yellowtail to fatty tuna, and it’s like a sushi treasure trove where you never know what your next bite will be.
Eating it in one mouthful was recommended for a fair few of them, given they were piled high with ingredients. We experienced the likes of halibut, bream and truffle, salmon, tuna, langoustine, A5 Wagyu beef, sea urchin and salmon roe. The Scottish salmon was a particular favourite of mine, as was the yellowtail which boasted a burst of truffle – so fresh!
But it was also exciting to taste the sea urchin, which wasn’t my favourite tase I can’t deny and made me wince a little but that’s not to say I didn’t enjoy it! I love trying new things, and if you’re much the same then Sushi on Jones’ Omakase bar is an idyllic night out for you. All of the nigiri and temaki is garnished, sliced and chopped right in front of you, which is a real treat.
There’s a wonderful selection of Japanese whiskies to bookmark your feast, but I went with bourbon as selected by the chef, after he discussed the pros and cons with each, showing off his knowledge. You blink and it’s over but it’s a feast you’ll remember, and I need to go back anyway to try the ‘Big Mac,’ featuring Wagyu A5 ribeye and otoro. There’s a reason New Yorkers can’t get enough of this place! Encore!
✔️ Overall Rating – 9/10
📍 King’s Cross
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