Itsu (Chelsea)

118 Draycott Avenue, South Kensington, London, SW3 3AE - View on a map
Telephone: 020 7584 5522

Overall 9.0
Food 9.0
Service 9.0
Atmosphere 9.0
Value 9.0
Based on 1 reviews

what the critics say


Zoe Williams - 3/5

Wednesday, January 09, 2013 - Still famished after five small plates, we ordered crispy chilli squid and tiger-prawn tempura. These really sang out, in a devil-made harmony of fresh fish and fabulous batter. The squid was the thinnest, youngest baby variety, dainty and exquisite, with chilli rounds mild enough to eat whole, but fiery enough to remember. The prawns were wrapped in an oba leaf, whose perplexing heritage takes in both mint and sesame, but whose abiding taste was a pleasing, bitter freshness...In sum, the cuisine itself is healthy, delicious in parts, in other parts a bit neutral, but for a variety of reasons, impossible to stop eating.

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This branch of Itsu was a regular haunt when I lived in London and is still a local food stop whenever I'm back in town!

I think this may now be the only kaiten-belt branch of Itsu now, which is a bit sad as the food is very good quality and superb value for money (especially when compared to other similar chains of the same price range).

Granted, the menu isn't the most authentically-Japanese of the alternatives available in London, and the sushi/sashimi offerings are largely limited to salmon and tuna. But we love the prawn crystal rolls, the steamed stem broccoli and seaweed salad are tasty but healthy, and the salmon tataki with fresh wasabi peas are deliciously filling.

Despite the place being constantly busy, we have always had a booth seat and the waits are never long. The staff are always courteous and conscientious, and our final bill is always lower than expected. Will be back again next weekend!
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Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 9
Friday, December 06, 2013

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