Less well publicised than nearby rivals Nobu,?Zuma and Umu, Sumosan has a particular type of high-octane glamour. Those in the know swear by the place for its delectible sushi, beautifully presented raw fish salads and impeccably cooked meat. The elegant interior and quiet service make for a discreet spot for business. 26 Albemarle St, W1S 4HY, tel: 020 7495 5999.
NOBU BERKELEY SQUARE
Nobu’s mothership at the Metropolitan Hotel was London’s original modern celebrity restaurant, frequented by Madonna and Victoria Beckham. It was so successful that it had to open this outpost in Mayfair, which consistently dazzles with top class sushi and Nobu’s famous black cod. The sake doesn’t come cheap.
15 Berkeley Street, W1J 8DY, tel: 020 7290 9222.
Arguably the finest and most authentic Japanese restaurant in London, Umu earned plaudits – and a Michelin star – for being the only Kyoto restaurant in the UK (or so it says). Dishes taste unusual to the British palate, and flavours are subtle.?The restaurant boasts the biggest sake list in the country, too. 14-16 Bruton Pl, W1J 6LX. Tel: 020 7499 8881.