Yoshino

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Lardbutty index: Yoshino take-away

Great news: Yoshino, who used to make sushi sold at the old Japan Centre on Piccadilly, are still selling sushi and Japanese food; not at the new Japan Centre but at Yoshino premises on Piccadilly and Shaftesbury Avenue.

I was delighted to have this realisation this week! Their low-fat tuna nigiri was always my favourite, and their sushi comes with wasabi already in it, between the rice and fish topping, just how I prefer it (as opposed to Umai at the new Japan Centre who don’t put wasabi in the sushi but include a sachet on the side, along with the obligatory soy sauce of course).

While Yoshino’s delicatessen is on Shaftesbury Avenue, there’s also a small take-away counter on the ground floor of Yoshino’s restaurant at 3 Piccadilly Place (just behind Abbey bank on Piccadilly). Excellent – a little pleasure’s been re-introduced to lunch times.

I visited Yoshino’s first-floor restaurant one lunchtime a few weeks ago (I was slightly confused then by the ground floor counter which reminded me of the old Japan Centre) and thoroughly enjoyed a Yoshino Zen bento box, comprising a chicken main dish and chilli katsu sauce, divine tuna carpaccio, tuna roll, seaweed salad, fine beans in sesame dressing, a honeyed carrot/potato salad and homemade pickles @ £9.80.

It was on noticing this the other day on the delicatessen website: “Delicatessen Yoshino is no longer trading at the Japan Centre. Please note that, contrary to popular belief, Yoshino does not supply Sushi to the Japan Centre”, which finally clarified things for me.

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mix nigiri + avocado wasabi maki

Restaurant info:
~ Lardbutty rating: 4 / 5
~ Type: Japanese, sushi
~ Restaurant address: 3 Piccadilly Place, London, W1J 0DB
~ Delicatessen/ shop address: 59 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6LF
~ Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus
~ Website: Yoshino restaurant Yoshino delicatessen
~ Restaurant menu: Yoshino menu
~ Locations: Yoshino restaurant map and Yoshino shop + delicatessen map

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