I remember I saved up all my tips for a few weeks to splurge on the AYCE menu!
As the "American" and Californian, sushi in the AYCE form usually means it's been sitting out for quite a while and hopelessly staring at the passer-by with hopes of being the "CHOSEN." However, Hi Sushi makes it as you order it.
The staff provided my native London friend and I will a menu and a dry erase marker. As a result, we planned out our 5 rounds of food which included appetizers, all the sushi and dessert.
Just a note, there is a 2 hour limit so you best prepare yourself to eat efficiently paired with the amazing ability of enjoying the food and having a fruitful conversation simultaneously!
For the Americans, the sushi is smaller that our American sizes, but you should expect that! It's European portions (no offense intended, I like how I don't have to ask for a to-go box).
I recall the restaurant being loud due to the music. My friend and I had to yell at each other just to hold a conversation.
Until next time, happy travels and grubbin' across the pond!
I was so weirded out by the rules and multiple menus this place had going on that I left before even ordered.
I didn't want to over spend on the triple filtered water available on tap at my table before indulging in sushi.
Sorry, I'm not ok paying a quid for your weird water.
There are a bunch of sushi places on Parkway--go there...
One of the few all you can eats that has nice sushi (you might have to make mention of AYCE as it is not highlighted in the menu) - spacious and well staffed. In the middle of hectic Camden it is a calm oasis with sunken seats, nice decor (including a small fish pond and bridge at the entrance) and good service. Nice well portioned and reasonably priced food straight from the menu. One warning - there is a charge for over ordering/leftover food - so know your limits!
I've only ever eaten the all you can eat buffet menu. I will warn you though that your eyes can be bigger than your stomach. The last time I was here with some friends we ordered slightly too much food, after my friends thinking that they could beat the 3 repeat orders that I said I had never got past. With the threat of a £10 surcharge per person on any wastage we had to find ways to make the excess appear less than it actually was.
The Camden branch is my favourite, with a waterfall in the entrance and seating on the ground and the restaurant is quite spacious. With the buffet you get to choose one round of items from the hot dish selection and you repeat the cold section as many times as you like (apart from a couple of special order items). The food has always tasted good and is great value for money.
We came here on a date night a few months ago but neither of us were quite hungry enough to stuff ourselves with sushi, so decided to try the Ramen instead. I might still come back to fill my belly with all you can eat sushi another day.
- It looks nice. I like the dug in tables in Japan, but haven't seen them in the UK
- The menu is quite extensive and not too pricey
- My (slightly strange sounding) tonkatsu ramen was interesting. It was a bit like a mixture of katsudon and ramen.
- It's not uber-authentic and seems to be run by Chinese staff (you can see the notices to staff are all in Chinese.) this isn't a biggy, just don't expect to order in Japanese.
- The ramen were a bit too squishy and the broth was a bit salty. I've had far better in London
Pro tip: If there is no 'tabehodai' (all you can eat menu), just ask for it.
After much badgering by my partner, I finally went to Hi Sushi. A group of us went last night and I must admit, I was approaching it with some trepidation - I occasionally will have an Itsu if no other option presents itself, but I'm not absolutely crazy about sushi. On top of that, the Hi Sushi she wanted to go to is in Camden - I really am not a fan of Camden, finding it too alternative for my old man pub drinking tastes, I am glad I did jump out of my comfort zone though for a few reasons.
The food is good (I've seen a few people reviewing and complaining that the quality isn't what you expect; if you want top end sushi and the price it comes with then go to Roka. To complain about quality of sushi at a place that has an all you can eat option is really narrow-minded and expecting way too much) and really is plentiful. The one-off dishes that you can order add a really nice splash of variety to the standard sushi that I'm certainly used to from Itsu, and the atmosphere really is cool, with a few animes in the background, good music and the oft-mentioned seating in the floor (I admit it completely threw me at first, raised more than a few laughs from our party).
The staff, whilst on occasion a little bit wayward with their attention, were really friendly when they were on hand, even giving you some joking encouragement to keep eating into the third platter they brought out ('is he your boyfriend? I wouldn't bring him next time, he really isn't helping you and your friends finish this lot off! maybe bring another girl') They really did want you to get your moneys worth.
All in all, I really enjoyed the food (especially the price) and the atmosphere at Hi Sushi, and whilst I won't be rushing back to the one in Camden (because it's in Camden more than anything else) I will certainly recommend it to family and friends and will be locating the nearest one to me in either Wapping or Kings Road.
Three words - All You Can Eat and by gum I can and I did! Hi Sushi is a little out of place in the grunge and grime of Camden lock, but during our six months living there, I was so glad it braved the goths to exist.
Inside the door, you walk across a little bridge over a fountain to your seats. At first glance I thought we would be sitting cross legged on a cushion, Japanese style, but there is a hole cut into the floor for you to sit normally. Sweet, I hate eating uncomfortably.
We always order the All You Can Eat menu, but there is a huge a la carte selection also. The All You Can Eat option consists of three mini menus. You choose about 6 things from each, tempura, noodles, edamame, miso soup etc, but the only actually All You Can Eat stuff is the sushi, which you can get again and again.
The first time we went, we refilled the sushi about twice more. I felt like the blueberry girl from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, nearly had to get the quiet, smiling staff to roll me out the door. Since then we have reigned it in and I noticed that they have put a little warning note on the order sheet, that if you leave a load of food behind you, they will charge you for it. Well I totally agree, there are waif thin teenagers wasting away outside on the Lock and you're in here wasting food like a Sultan... tsk!
Can't recommend Hi Sushi enough, I think it's about £13 each for the All You Can Eat option and the food is fantastic. You might want to fast for a few hours first, just to get your moneys worth :-)
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"Ohhh myyy gooosssh" were the words that came out of my mouth. I probably even *jizzed* my pants a little when the food arrived...
Me and my mates came here for the sushi "buffet" one evening. I use quotation marks because it's not exactly all you can eat, as will be explained. We needn't reserve a table, plus every time I've come here it has been pretty quiet. The restaurant is low lit and trendy, and you get to sit on the floor just the way the Japanese do it (well almost). It's not obvious that they serve buffet unless you ask. They then give you a slip of paper where you select what you want to eat from the selection of sushi listed. You can order up to five times. PLUS, they serve a selection of hot Japanese food as well but that can only be ordered once.
Now although it's not exactly "all you can eat", the platters of sushi succeeded in gratifying 5 sushi lovers! We were beat by the 3rd round! We couldn't go on any longer... But it was more than worth it, at £16.80 each it was a bargain!
Hi Sushi is one of those places where you walk in the door and think why have I not been here before!
I came here today for the first time and it was spectacular!
The layout of the place is great, a mix of Japanese and modern architecture! the illusion that people are sitting half lotus when if fact the seats are enclosed in the floorboards is quite cool.
I had the bento box for £11, miso soup, salmon sushi, prawn tempura and salad... I was really full afterwards! we went for a bottle of the malbec which set us back £13.50 which is pretty average for a bottle of wine I guess!
10/10 for the service also, our waiter was very attentive, I never had to ask for my water glass to be topped up which was nice!
Wow! Walking into this place I imediatley felt like a Giesha.. I just wish I was wearing my Kimono that day.
Oh honestly, this place is incredable, you feel like you have been teleported to Japan. The place felt so elemental with running water, cusions as seating and softly spoken smiley and mediative waitors.
I didn't really want to leave to be honest, the energy here gave me goose bumps as it was so gentle! being an avid Suishi fan myself, I found the food delicious and not at all expensive. The whole experience made me feel like I had been to a Spa for the weekend. Oh bliss.....
I came, I saw, I ate as much sushi as I could fit in my stomach.
The all you can eat sushi deal here is amazing. Yes, for 16.80 GBP, you can order as many things off of their all you can eat menu to stuff you face with. You do have only 1.5 hours to eat and you will be fined if you leave a significant amount of food on your plate.
Get ready for my shortest Yelp review to date:
The price is right, but the quality suffers for it. I've had better. Much much better. I won't be returning when next I visit London.
Food: This is more of a quantity (all-you-can-eat) over quality type place
Atmosphere: Love the overall look and the sitting on the floor aspect
Price: 16.80 GBP is pretty good considering how much food most people can consume here AND the general price of sushi in the UK
I travel in all the way from Guildford just to eat here... it is that good.
Marked them down 1 star because the staff are not quick to refill your all you can eat menu nor bring you your check.
Great looking but tasteless sushi.
The customers are very trendy, staff are good looking and the decor looks amazing. The cocktails taste great and look okay.
The food looks good but is expensive for a very mediocre taste. For example the sashimi looks great on ice, but just like how serving a bad white wine very chilled covers up it's cheap taste it seems to be the same for the sashimi.
Better tasting and value sushi can be found at genuine independent japanese places auto of course they are not so trendy looking to westerners who do not know any better.
The waiting staff were nice but not overly friendly, it could be seen that they did not have huge love for each other and that bled into their customer service.
Not cheap and good for impressing flashy people who do not know sny better.
Yea, yea, yea, all you can eat.Twas decent, would go back for it.
I found the location a little hard to find, however, if one is using google maps. It isn't actually ON the street google says it is on, but the BACK side of the street, along the canal. See? There. I've saved you at least 13 minutes of confusion.
You can thank me later when you are stuffing your face with ayce pickle rolls (which I love, btw, don't make knock it till you've tried it).
If you love sushi and a fantastic atmosphere, then this is the place to take your paramour.
Intimate tables for two or massive group tables for 10, a little mini-river complete with mini-bridge feature you can walk across, and two open-plan kitchens where you can watch the chefs create their delicious sushi and food.
And it's not that pricey either - for £18, you can have all you can eat sushi and some Japanese food. All freshly made and delicious.
if you love Japanese food and fancy restaurants at resonable prices, this is the place to go.
On several occasions I have threatened to never come back to this establishment but their fantastic all you can eat deal keeps me coming back.
It starts with the staff not offering the "all you can eat menu" by default and their general despondent attitude once you resolve to ordering this. The restaurant boasts traditional Japanese low tables which I don't love either.
With all this negativity in mind I keep heading back and the reason is that for all the food on offer for just £16.50 I'm willing to take all these setbacks. You can begin with a selection of 8 dishes as "starters". There is a fantastic choice from teriyaki to yakitori specialities as well as your expected miso soup and edamame.
The sushi selection is limited to 8 selections but is very fresh. The 2 sushi chefs make all the portions on the spot guaranteeing you are getting a good experience. As the night goes on the portions have a tendency of becoming smaller but considering it is an all you can eat menu the really hungry can offset this by ordering more
The decor is young and funky and loud music is played which isn't a problem for me. They also offer some very tasty and well priced cocktails including several variations of mojitos.
To conclude, I'm not sure I would visit this Hi Sushi as often as I did if the price was not so favorable. However it is always nice to be able to fill up properly with decent sushi without having to worry too much about how it will hurt your wallet.
Best sushi I had in London!
Fresh and taste just how they should!
The selection is great!
The interior is quirky and cosy!
So far the biggest japanese sushi restaurant i've ever been with a really cosy, fascinating and best japanese interior. Got to love the table and the way you'll sit like a proper japanese!
The sushi all you can eat buffet is really good for groups and parties, yet there's time limit for the buffet option. Good value for money, and a good dine in experience around Camden Lock. ;)
Very Very good, fresh fresh fresh.. I was very impressed with the many assortments of rolls they had here.. the all you can eat is very good deal... the decor is modern Japanese if you're into that thing.. low tables and chairs, so if u eat to many, they will just roll you out the door. Planning my next trip back and will def hit this spot up again.
Loads of nice choices on the menu (gyoza, tempura, sushi rolls), lots of staff and quick service. Interior is cool and music can be quite loud so it's better to go with a group of mates and order lots of food n drink.
Check out the Japanese cartoons on the TV and go for the seating built into the ground (watch out sitting down if you have a skirt on!).
Love going here and never have to book in advance.
Love the all you can eat option for £15! My only complaint was after we finished round one it took forever to flag someone down to get more, we also had to ask three times for tap water. Service wasn't bad, just slow.
Excellent place if you love sushi. The setting is nice inside, service is really good. Friendly staff. Food is delish!
This really is the BEST sushi restaurant in London ! The Buffet menu is fantastic & very good value for money, whilst the setting & interior of the restaurant very plush & feels like you really are out for a special meal !
All-you-can-eat sushi at a fixed price? Too good to be true. The sushi is not exactly bottomless as you are only allowed to order certain dishes a fixed number of times, but having said that, my friends and I have never once managed to eat more than we are allowed, though the allowance for the good stuff runs out fairly quickly. If you, like me, are vegetarian, then stick to the ala carte menu as the vegetarian buffet selection is not particularly extensive. Service however is not five-star. During one visit with a group of friends for a birthday do, I was a little offended when the staff refused to let me order from the ala carte menu, implying that I would have my friends (all of whom were having the buffet) to order some food off the buffet menu for me discreetly. They relented in the end but it was still pretty annoying.
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