Sushi Goes Global: The Best Japanese Restaurants Around the World

There are literally thousands of Japanese restaurants worldwide meaning travellers are spoiled for choice when it comes to Japanese food. Choosing which restaurant to visit takes a lot of research, while some are better than others with naturally Japan boasting many superb sushi restaurants. Let's take a look at our top restaurants serving the best Japanese cuisine in the world.

Kiku London

Kiku London

Kiku is located in the affluent area of Mayfair in London and has been serving wonderful Japanese dishes since 1978. This amazing restaurant prides itself on its customer service and the welcome afforded to all its diners, while ingredients used here are only the very best ensuring their menu is second to none when it comes to taste and quality.

Kiku offers a contemporary ambient atmosphere with a modern minimalist interior that is based on authentic Japanese designs. Stripped wooden furniture is separated by neat partitions, while the restaurant also offers a function room suitable for business meetings when parties require a little privacy.

Kiku offers a set lunch menu, a comprehensive a la carte menu, fabulous sushi menu, great dinner menu plus drinks and delicious desserts such as green tea ice cream or black sesame ice cream. Travellers visiting London must make a stop at Kiku when wishing to sample fine Japanese Fare after all a restaurant that is frequented by the Japanese Embassy staff must be good!

  • Kiku
  • T: 020 7499 4208
  • 17 Half Moon Street
  • Mayfair
  • London
  • W1J 7BE

Nobu New York

Nobu New York

This New York restaurant is one of the many Nobu restaurants worldwide that were opened in partnership with Robert De Niro, Drew Nieporent, Meir Teper and Chef Nobu Matsuhisa. Offering state of the art surroundings along with excellent food makes Nobu widely regarded as one of the best sushi restaurants in the world.

Nobu New York serves hot and cold dishes, lunch specials, sushi and sashimi plus wonderful desserts to die for. Their dinner menu features such delicious offerings as Fluke Sashimi with Dried Miso or Big Eye Tuna Tataki with Ponzu, while their traditional sake menu features a whole range of different types for customers to try.

Sushi cooked at Nobu New York

Private events are catered for at Nobu New York with a back room available for parties, while even the whole restaurant can be booked out if required. Further details regarding bookings are available at the website. Nobu received a Michelin Star award and three stars were awarded to the restaurant by the New York Times.

  • Nobu New York
  • T: +1 212 219 1441
  • 105 Hudson Street
  • New York
  • NY 10013

Sushic Portugal

Sushic Portugal

This fabulous sushi restaurant is located in the Lisbon Almada Hotel and is thought to be one of the best Japanese restaurants in Portugal. The Sushic offers a contemporary space where diners can relax and enjoy delicious Japanese fare on the banks of the Tagus River than runs through both Spain and Portugal.

The modern feel of the Sushic Restaurant is heightened by the artwork that depicts cute looking Japanese Sumos, while the glass fronted view of the exterior can be enjoyed as guests dine. Using only quality ingredients fish dishes served here are amazing, while in 2013 the restaurant was awarded a certificate of excellence from Trip Advisor.

  • Sushic Restaurant
  • T: +351 212 761 401
  • Lisbon Almada Hotel
  • Rua Abel Salazar 9
  • Almada 2805-313
  • Portugal

Kikunoi Kyoto Japan

Kikunoi Kyoto

Whatever occasion brings guests to this excellent Japanese restaurant they can be assured of quality food and great service all in a contemporary setting that reflects the seasons of the year. As it is December as we speak the Winter Kaiseki Cuisine menu is on offer featuring some mouth-watering dishes to whet the appetite.

Kikunoi prepare delicious Kyoto Kaiseki cuisine including dishes such as Gohan Sea Eel with Rice or Su-Zakana Squid and Scallions with Miso Dressing, while traditional cuisine is important here but often receives a modern twist that is added in order to make their dishes unique.

Those who wish to experience a refined, authentic Japanese dining experience will love it here as tables are traditionally low with comfortable cushions on which to sit and relax. Kikunoi has been awarded three Michelin stars which is phenomenal and only goes to show how high the standing is of this wonderful restaurant.

  • Kikunoi Restaurant
  • T: +81-75-561-0015
  • 459 Shimokarawa-cho
  • Yasakatoriimae-sagaru
  • Shimokarawa-dori
  • Higashiyama-ku
  • Kyoto-shi
  • Kyoto
  • 605-0825

Sukiyabashi Jiro Tokyo

Sukiyabashi Jiro

When President Obama visited Japan recently the Japanese Prime Minister took him for a meal to Sukiyabashi Jiro as it is widely thought to be the best sushi restaurant in the world. Looking at its modest location you could be forgiven in thinking that surely this restaurant is not the place where dignitaries and the like should be eating but you would be wrong.  Located in the base of a building close to a train station this small eatery is run by a ninety year old chef who has been honing his trade since he was nine years of age.

Food served here is second to none and is created using fresh ingredients sourced on the day, while Jiro (the restaurant owner) believes that it is the quality of the rice that goes into making sushi that determines how good the dish will taste. Along with many different types of sushi served here Sukiyabashi Jiro also offers amazing Sake and Japanese beers. When visiting Tokyo it is recommended visitors do not leave before sampling what this fabulous sushi restaurant has to offer. Three Michelin stars say it's exceptional!

  • Sukiyabashi Jiro
  • T: +81-3-3535-3600 from abroad
  • T: 03-3535-3600
  • Tsukamoto Sogyo Building
  • Basement First Floor
  • 2-15 Ginza 4-chome
  • Chuo-ku
  • Tokyo Japan

Miyako Restaurant Hyatt Regency Dubai

Miyako Dubai

Dubai is a popular destination for holiday makers from all over the world therefore serving an international choice when it comes to cuisine seems sensible. Those wishing to dine out on Japanese cuisine may therefore wish to visit the Miyako Restaurant that is located in the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Dubai.

The Miyako has a contemporary style that is both comfortable and welcoming, while the restaurant prides itself on offering an amazing Japanese menu prepared by Chef Shigeru Sato who uses only the finest ingredients in his dishes. This fabulous restaurant boasts an excellent sushi bar as well as a traditional Tatami Room with Teppanyaki tables.

Children under six years of age eat free here, while those aged six through to twelve are offered a 50% discount. Miyako opens for both lunch and dinner and offers a very comprehensive menu for guests to enjoy.

  • Miyako Restaurant
  • T: +971 4 317 2221
  • Hyatt Restaurant Reservations Dubai
  • Grand Hyatt Dubai
  • PO Box 7978
  • Dubai
  • United Arab Emirates

Kinugawa Paris

Kinugawa Paris

This elegant restaurant offers fabulous Japanese food in a contemporary but authentic setting that guests will love to experience. Many of the dishes offered are designed to be shared by diners with efficient staff bringing food to the table at a steady pace as guests eat. The minimalist setting here adds to the experience, while the elegant sushi bar is located on the first floor.

Kinugawa serves authentic Japanese cuisine along with dishes that have an added twist making them unique to this superb restaurant. The bar area is designed on the lines of a traditional Tokyo bar with artwork gracing the wall ( Alex Waline Artist) that takes the diner on a Japanese expedition of sorts as they sip their delicious Japanese drinks.

Kinugawa is a superb restaurant to visit any time of the week but their Sunday Brunch menu seems to have gained quite a reputation as a range of amazing Bento dishes are served to the diner in a Bento box. Visitors can find Kinugawa close to the Tuileries metro station, while don't be surprised to see the odd famous face as this restaurant is patronised by actors and celebrities.

  • Kinugawa Restaurant
  • T: +33 1 42 60 65 07
  • 9 Rue de Mont Thabor
  • Paris 75001

Asanebo Los Angeles

Asanebo Los Angeles

This Los Angeles restaurant is located in the heart of Studio City and was established in 1991. Asanebo prides itself on its cosy atmosphere serving a Japanese Kappo style menu created from fresh quality ingredients. Asanebo gained a Michelin Star back in 2009 and is one of the top rated restaurants in Los Angeles. The menu here is really varied and offers superb Japanese dishes such as

  • Sushi made from over twenty five different types of fish
  • House dishes that include Red Snapper or Yellow Tail sashimi
  • Fabulous main menu offering a comprehensive range of dishes deep fried, sautéed, grilled, steamed, including vegetarian and salads
  • Mouth-watering desserts
  • Drinks including traditional sake, wines and beers

If it is Japanese food you crave why not pay a visit to Asanebo when visiting Los Angeles.

  • Asanebo
  • T: 818-760-3348
  • 11941 Ventura Boulevard
  • Studio City
  • Los Angeles
  • CA 91604

Hamadaya Tokyo

Hamadaya Tokyo

This elegant high class restaurant opened in 1912 serving authentic Japanese food in opulent surroundings. Hamadaya was awarded three Michelin stars in 2014, while cuisine here is served in tatami mat rooms that overlook beautiful Japanese blossomed gardens. The menu at Hamadaya changes every week, while the type of food served here is Ryotei.

Hamadaya may be one of the best restaurants in Japan but dining here does not come cheap therefore many guests who do dine here come from the higher echelons of society such as politicians. Those who so wish may also engage the services of a Geisha while eating. Geishas play instruments and sing offering a real touch of culture and tradition that comes from a deep rooted place in Japanese heritage.

Dining here is a real experience with food created by excellent chefs served on elegant silver dishes, while everything is brought to your room in order, that you may enjoy a truly authentic Japanese dining experience. Hamadaya also offers a take-out menu for those who wish.

  • Hamadaya
  • T: 03-3661-5940
  • 3-13-5 Ningyo –cho
  • Nihonbashi
  • Chuo –ku
  • Tokyo