Best Japanese Brunch Spots in London

Looking to start your day with something different from the usual full English breakfast? Love Japanese food and want to taste the very best that London has to offer? From sushi to ramen and cocktails to sake, there are plenty of restaurants where you can find a great Japanese brunch in London. Here’s our list of recommendations to try when you next fancy an all-out brunch treat:

1. ROKA Aldwych

ROKA is a chain of award-winning Japanese restaurants that focuses on food fresh off the robata grill. The sleek and minimalist decor of the dining areas will make you feel like you’re in a food stall in the heart of Japan itself, and the food combines fine dining with traditional flavours. Brunch is available on weekends from 11:30 am, ending at 4 pm on Saturday and 7:30 pm on Sunday. There are different brunch menus from £51.50 per person. If you want an alcoholic brunch, you can also add unlimited wine to add to the experience.

2. Fuwa Fuwa Bloomsbury

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, be sure to check out Fuwa Fuwa in Bloomsbury. Fuwa Fuwa specialises in Japanese souffle pancakes, which are bouncy squishy mounds of batter with a wide range of toppings. For a real Asian taste experience, try matcha pancakes, or go for the ultimate sweet treat with strawberries and white chocolate. Still not sweet enough? Fuwa Fuwa also offers smoothies and milkshakes. This is a popular place for a weekend brunch, and they don’t take bookings, so you’ll have to arrive early if you want these light and fluffy pancakes.

3. SUSHISAMBA Covent Garden

SUSHISAMBA is a unique mix of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cuisine. You’ll find this exciting brunch spot on the roof of the historic Market Building, which is Grade II-listed and has an impressive greenhouse terrace. With plants inside and out as well as modern fittings and comfortable seating, this is a breath-taking place to eat. Brunch options range from robata-grilled meat with Peruvian corn to their own special takes on sushi. You can even indulge in authentic Kobe beef. Be sure to try some of their special cocktails as well.

4. Yashin Ocean House

If you love fish, this is the brunch for you. Yashin Ocean House focuses entirely on seafood, offering everything from carpaccio to expertly rolled sushi made from the flesh, skin and roe of fish. One of their most popular brunch options is the sushi set lunch, where you’ll get miso soup, a salad, and sushi, all of which complement each other perfectly. There is also a wide range of drinks on offer, including a large selection of Japanese whiskies. Be sure to book ahead as this is a popular restaurant.

5. CA Japanese Pancakes

Can’t get enough of souffle pancakes? Head on down to CA Japanese Pancakes for a delicious Japanese brunch in its bright and cheerful dining room, or in its outdoor seating area. You’ll find plenty of toppings for pancakes, including flavoured creams that are made freshly in-house. There are also plenty of more traditional brunch options with Japanese twists, like their pink eggs royale. If you need a little help waking up, they also have a long list of coffee, teas and lattes.

6. Sanjugo Shoreditch

Sanjugo is a great hidden gem in Shoreditch. This cosy restaurant focuses on giving you an authentic Japanese dining experience, from the minimalist decor that’s reminiscent of a street food stall to the expertly-made sushi. As well as the wide range of sushi, you can have bao buns, rice bowls, grilled fish, and more. Booking is advised due to the small seating area, especially for brunch.

7. Sushi Hand Friends

If you love sushi, Sushi Hand Friends is a top choice for your brunch. This light and airy restaurant is a relaxed environment for a brunch date with friends or family. There is a huge range of sushi and seafood, as well as fresh and tasty poke bowls. Try some of the sushi platters for some of the most delicious food they have to offer. All the fish is super fresh and they focus on fun and light flavours in all their dishes.

8. Shack Fuyu

Shack Fuyu sits in the heart of Soho, making it central and easy to get to. With a mix of casual counter dining, shared tables and cosy booths, this is an ideal location for any type of brunch outing. Shack Fuyu explores a great mix of Japanese and Western cooking, in the yoshoku tradition. Brunch is served every Sunday from midday to 7 pm and costs £42.50 per person. You’ll get a wide choice of dishes including salmon tacos, seared fish, Japanese-style beef fillet, and their own special French toast. Plus, brunch comes with bottomless prosecco.

9. Zuma Knightsbridge

With traditional roots but moving with modern influences, Zuma prides itself on using authentic Japanese flavours in their contemporary dishes for the best of both. Settle down in the warm yet chic dining area and enjoy dishes from the robata grill, sushi counter, and the main kitchen. Plates include seared tuna, crispy squid, as well as beef tenderloin and a wide selection of sushi. Plus, Zuma offers a great range of cocktails in case you want a boozy brunch, including unique cocktails with sake and Japanese whisky. Booking ahead is important as this is a popular spot on the weekends.

10. Nobu Old Park Lane

Nobu aims to bring some of the finest Japanese ingredients to London, including Wagyu beef and black cod, and present them with a South American twist. The airy and sleek dining area is the perfect backdrop for delicious food, including sea bass, lobster tacos, donburi, and bento boxes. Be sure to leave room for some of their delectable desserts, including mochi ice cream. If you fancy a drink, Nobu also has a sizable sake list on offer. Booking is essential for Nobu, and they tend to book up far in advance for the weekends.

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