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  • 93 Charlotte Street
    London W1T 4PY
    Fitzrovia
  • Transit information Circle Hammersmith & City Metropolitan Northern Victoria Get Directions
  • Phone number 020 7637 0050
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  • Business website tsunamirestaurant.co.uk

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  • 5.0 star rating
    4/11/2012

    expensive but worth it :)

    absolutely love all the cocktails!

  • 4.0 star rating
    9/6/2014
    Seated via OpenTable
    Listed in NY'er in London

    Amazing!  The Truffle Rib-Eye Beef will change your life.

    I found Tsunami using my trust Yelp app while visiting the BF who has a long term assignment in London.  It was a bit of a trek from our hotel, but totally worth it and I can't wait to go back the next time I'm in town.

    I started with the Shonabi cocktail, which was both pretty and tasty.  The Edamame was as expected.  I was very tempted to order to Dragon Volcano Roll since it apparently won an award but for £25 price tag, I couldn't rationalize it amidst my eating plans for the week.  I settled for the Mini Volcano Roll which easily held up on its own.... it was spicy, sweat and creamy (but in a good way) all at once and it amounted to pure tasty magic.  (I'm definitely splurging on the Dragon Volcano Roll next time.)  I also ordered the Truffle Rib-Eye Beef after jealously eying the gentlemen sitting at the next table over.  I asked the waiter and he described it as a mixture of truffle and and teriyaki and "quite sweet."  I was obviously sold and was not disappointed.  It was a decadent blend of flavors and the beef perfectly medium rare, so moist and flavorful.  I can't wait to go back and have it again!

    Otherwise, Tsunami is relatively small and the tables are pretty close together, and it gets pretty loud between patrons talking and the background music.  The service was gracious and timely.  I'm holding out on a 5-star review until I try this luxurious Dragon Volcano Roll on my next visit.

  • 3.0 star rating
    23/9/2009
    First to Review

    Spicy edamame, spicy tuna and avocado, dragon rolls....... drooool! I just came for the sushi, but lemme tell you, the sushi was superb, to say the least!

    The only thing I wasn't digging was the seaweed salad. It had red, green and white seaweed with tosazu dressing. I think I was expecting dried seaweed, so I was put off by the texture. I felt like a fish eating kelp. Plus the tosazu dressing was just a bit too fishy for me to handle.

    It had a sleek, elegant modern vibe to the place; I felt pretty cool being sat inside! My friend and I were hoping to do some sake bombs but as they weren't out on the menu, we thought this joint might be too classy to have them.

    The only thing stopping this from getting 4 stars was the service.  It was extremely slow and it felt like our waiter ignored us.

  • 4.0 star rating
    28/4/2010

    "Tsunami, tsunami came washing over me. Tsunami, Tsunami came washing over me."

    My thanks to the Manic Street Preachers for that feisty mongoose of a song to sum up how I feel about this cheeky Charlotte Street heavy weight. I was told that it was "The best sushi in London" by my female companion as we left work in search of somewhere to eat and get smashed. I believed her.

    Located on the same road as Charlotte Street Blues, Tsunami is a truly awesome place to eat. There is a very retro Japanese vibe to the place and the low lights and space hopper-esque chairs enhance this.

    Having not been there before and my friend being a Tsunami veteran I let her do the honours. I wasn't disappointed. We had a mixture of soft shall crab, tuna, sashimi and some delicious white fish that I have no idea what it was but it was incredible. Order that. Say Sexy Rob sent you.

    We had on bottle of wine, a bottle of sake, a side of edamame beans and a dessert,  so by the end the bill was, for two people, fairly sizeable. 105 nuggets which is a fair whack for an uncooked meal.

    The service left something to be desired. I was constantly having to double check and re-order things because we weren't entirely sure if our waiter was playing ball. He was a jolly chap though.

    I'm not a massive sushi eater, I like it, but when pushed I'd rather go for a steak. in my humble opinion though, you will be hard pressed to find better sushi this side of  Mount Fuji.

    Sexy Rob

  • 4.0 star rating
    25/8/2010
    2 check-ins here

    I am so stoked I found this place.  I come from the land of good sushi and had a 3 time a week habit until I moved to London.  Let's just say the places I've been to have left much to the imagination.

    Cocoro in Marlebone was excellent for london standards, and I had almost given up hope I would find myself a sushi place that left me craving more.  

    I was invited by a fellow Yelper to Tsunami, and let's just say, I WANT MORE!  

    The inside is super hip, really cool and welcoming.  The service is friendly, albeit slow (thus 4 stars instead of 5).  The service bar as well as the kitchen are in the basement, and it takes a while to get anything, but definitely worth the wait.  

    We decided to go with Spicy edamame for an appetizer and it was yummy.  The sushi was so good we went for a second round.  The dragon roll and the shrimp tempura roll were incredible.  My personal fav was the scallop and smelt egg roll.  

    They have a choice of cooked options as well, we were watching the table next to us and having serious order envy even though our food was top notch.  

    The drinks will make the bill add up.  We each had 3 drinks and stuffed ourselves with food and left spending about 55 quid a person.  The do have a 2 course prix fixe for 15 quid, which doesn't include sushi unfortunately.

    Not only will I be going back but I have already recommended the place to anyone that is a sushi fan.  

    I believe it's safe to say I will not be moving back to Los Angeles for lack of good sushi!

  • 4.0 star rating
    19/12/2013
    1 check-in here

    Nice experience, I had a good dinner with my friends. And we got 40% off when we paid the bills. Exciting!

  • 4.0 star rating
    3/2/2012
    1 check-in here

    Like... I want to hate places like this.

    I want my Japanese food to be either a) expensive and divine (Dinings), or b) amazing value (Misato).

    This place is neither. It is expensive and really good, but nothing to write home about. They use a few expensive ingredients to sus up otherwise pretty standard Japanese staples, then charge a premium. That being said, we ate some really nice things here the other night.

    Tuna roll with truffle mayo: Classic example of the above statement. It was, however, a really tasty combination.

    Beef Tartare: the star plate of the evening. Beef tartate in yuzu black pepper sauce with fish roe. It was both beautiful and I sort of wanted to DRINK the sauce. Really nice.

    Steamed Sea Bass: Nice, classic preparation with ginger, soy, sake, etc, tasty yet somehow lacking.

    Grilled Sesame Aubergine: my second favourite dish of the evening. Piping hot (temperature) with creamy peanut/sesame topping.

    Udon noodles: really flavourful broth and nice, fresh noodle with proper texture.

    Tempura: It was fine, but probably wouldn't get it again since I can get this anywhere.

    Tuna tartate with quail egg: Really nice, but not the best I've had.

    Sashimi plate: Yum.

    Trendy atmosphere, this would be a good date place (as sharing is always nice), but only if you can afford it :-P

  • 5.0 star rating
    3/8/2010

    I celebrated my birthday at Tusnami as it was highly recommended by our flatmate.

    After looking at the price for the set menu since there were a good size party of us, a few of my friends find the price a bit too pricey. So emails were exchanged back & forth with Tusnami which ended with a cancellation our bookings. But they finally convinced me, with an even better deal for what we're going to get. We settled for it.

    The whole experience was amazing. The decor was gorgeous but the food was out of this world.

    The yellowtail sashimi was so fresh you could taste it when you place it in your mouth. The grain fed rib eye beef was mouth watering we were all fighting for it...almost! There were so many variety of small dishes that kept on coming to our table all night.

    It was definitely value for money for the 5 course meal at £30pp. The number of variety of dishes per course was unbelievable! We are all stuffed leaving the premises, boys & girls!

    I would highly recommend this place!

  • 5.0 star rating
    26/4/2011
    1 check-in here
    Listed in Top Restaurants

    It's Easter weekend and my parents are visiting from the States.  For years, I've been trying to convince my mother she needs to try some sushi, but she always had the same excuse.  Even though she lives in Alaska, she's not a huge fan of fish.  I can understand, as I grew up there, and fish isn't the first thing I look for.  However, she was concerned with the fishiness of sushi.  After countless attempts to tell her "Mom, raw fish is less fishy than cooked fish!" my partner finally managed to convince her to go out for sushi while she was here.

    So, where do we go to find a good sushi place, but yelp.  Honestly, this was our second choice, but the first was closed (due to the Easter Monday bank holiday), so we headed to Tsunami and thankfully they were open (as I was starting to become very hungry).  

    It was completely empty.  Well, maybe one or two other tables, but not at all full, so they seated us.  Granted it was early (say 6:30ish?) and a bank holiday so I wasn't too discouraged by the lack of patronage (which can sometimes give you advance notice of a terrible restaurant).

    After looking at the menu, I wanted one of everything.  Maybe it's because I was starving, or maybe it's because they had lots of the menu that I love.  Unagi and Foie Gras?  Yes, please!  Tuna with truffle mayo?  YES!  Beef with sea urchin and foie gras butter?  OH YES!  

    We started with some sushi.  Unagi and Foie Gras, Tuna with truffle mayo, a dragon roll, and a hamachi roll.  They took awhile, but we were in no hurry and head a nice bottle of Sauvignon Blanc so we were just relaxing.  The first bits of sushi came out and it was like a party in my mouth.  They were all amazing.  So, onto round two consisting of baby courgettes stuffed with blue cheese tempura, baby back ribs with a chili, chocolate, and coffee sauce, a lobster roll, salmon nigiri, and tamago nigiri.  (Yes I'm weird, I love tamago, I get it at every sushi place I go to.)  Fantastic.  After having the courgettes (which were actually courgette flowers stuffed with blue cheese, and there were only two so we had to share them), we asked for two more orders, but alas they only had one.  So we ordered it because we each could have had an entire order (or two) ourselves.  TASTY!

    We were still quite hungry, so we decided to order a bit more and a couple of mains.  So we got the shrimp tempura and the kataifi prawns and the beef with sea urchin and foie gras butter and the pork belly.  I didn't have any of the pork belly, but I tried a bit of sauce and it tasted great!  The beef was cooked perfectly and was quite tasty.

    No dessert.  However, as we were eating, the restaurant did start filling up quite a bit and the service did get worse and worse as the night progressed.  I'm not sure if this is standard (which I hope it isn't) or if it was because they were really busy and understaffed on the Easter Monday bank holiday.  I'm definitely going back, and if the service is bad again I might not want to go again, but it needs another try.

    However, if you get there before 7 pm during the week, they give you 20% off of your food order.  Which is awesome.  It's even more awesome when they give you 50% off your food order for some reason, which they did.  We left very happy campers.

    It's definitely on my list to go back to.  And they better have more of those blue cheese stuffed courgettes!

  • 5.0 star rating
    2/4/2010
    1 check-in here
    Listed in Sushi in London

    I love Tsunami!  Yes it's more expensive then same quality sushi in NYC, but honey you aren't going to find such nice deals here in London town.  I often frequent the Tsunami in Clapham but decided to give this location off of Charlotte St. a try.  Very cute and modern decoration in a restaurant much smaller in size then their Clapham location but with basically the same menu (good for me).  I think I prefer the size of the Clapham location but prefer the design here.

    Sushi, sashimi, maki is awesome, really. You must try for yourself!  And if you like a bit of spice and a whole lot of yum, you must have their Scallops with creamy spicy sauce appetizer, it's just out of this world (I could literally just eat 4 of these and be quite content).  For those either not in the mood or not a fan of sushi they have awesome hot dishes too, I've tried the chicken wasabi, the filet and the lamb (as well as tempura) and they are all made with such precision and care, simply delicious!  

    Really I can't say I've had anything bad here.  I've really liked every single thing I've eaten at Tsunami, and I'm a very picky lady (just ask my mate) so you really can't go wrong.  Only thing I would give a warning about is that the seaweed salad is served very "just out of the sea" style, so if you don't like the taste of the sea in your mouth, I'd pass or get it as an app to share.

    Really wish I could afford to come here more often... hands down the best sushi I've had in London to date.

  • 4.0 star rating
    28/7/2010
    1 check-in here

    Tsunami is every bit as good as all the reviews say!  The space is hip but relaxing, and the food is amazing.

    Of everything I had, I absolutely recommend the prawn appetizer.  At about £4 you get 4 huge prawn wrapped in a delightfully crispy shredded phyllo breading that gives the most amazing light-but-crunchy texture.  Don't forget the sauce!  There's a slightly tangy dipping sauce that completely suits each bite.

    As an entree I had teriyaki salmon which was quite good.  It included three large chunks of lightly grilled salmon, stir-fried veggies, and a sweet teriyaki sauce.  While I do appreciate a slight sweetness in my teriyaki, this was pushing a bit too far on the sweet side for me.  That didn't keep from me devouring the entire plate, though.  This was some of the best salmon I've ever had, and they even included the three slivers of fried salmon skin, which is a wonderfully salty and crisp addition to the meal that contrasted with the sweetness of the sauce.

    The servers were generally attentive and even brought out a fresh plate of appetizers after the first plate had met an unfortunate end.  (Protip: The chairs are neat but it's a bad idea to swivel them when you're being served food.)

    The food is a bit on the expensive side, but definitely at the top of my list for places to eat on pay day!

  • 4.0 star rating
    2/6/2011

    I really enjoyed the food at Tsunami - Definitely worth breaking down the details.

    Food
    Sashimi - really small portions, good but def not the best
    Tsunami roll - extremely underwhelmed
    Unagi & Foie Gras Nigiri - a must!
    Softshell crab roll - a must!
    Grill aubergine - surprisely delicious
    Seafood tempura - deliciously fried!
    Black cod miso - Delicious!
    Beef Foie Gras - really good but def japanese portions
    Dessert Platter for 2 - definitely finish the meal with the variety plate.  
    Chocolate ball thing - don't bother - extremely underwhelmed

    Decor - very pretty, a little cramped but comfy

    Service - Attentive and level of service

    Overall, I really enjoyed the food but did feel that without the 50% off toptable deal, I think we would've ended up leaving the restaurant still hungry.

  • 4.0 star rating
    25/4/2012
    1 check-in here

    Used a Living Social at Tsunami last night & it was very pleasant! Service was efficient & friendly, everything we ordered was brought out perfectly at a few dishes at a time as opposed to all at once. We thoroughly enjoyed:

    Nasu Goma (grilled aubergine with sesame paste), this was melt in my mouth delicious. Beef tataki salad with yuzu dressing, very tender & full of fresh flavour. Shojin tempura selection, normally tempura isn't my thing, but the vegetable variety was good, standard. Hot udon noodles in light soya & dashi broth with spring onion, which was absolutely delicious. Sushi: mini volcano roll, spicy tuna & avocado & the lobster maki, which were all good, but all the dishes we had before the sushi were definitely the standouts. Will visit again to try more off the menu.

  • 5.0 star rating
    2/10/2009

    Hands down - the best sushi in the area.

    Nearby Roka is good but over hyped.  After "extensive" research (i've been to both twice), i prefer Tsunami.

    But Roka is also good ...

    • Qype User antiso…
    • London
    • 41 friends
    • 159 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    27/8/2011

    I'm amazed this place only has 3 reviews! Everyone should go here! Tsunami is just as good as any Nobu restaurant  some dishes perhaps even better. The yellowtail tuna sashimi with jalapenos was 'melt in your mouth' amazing and I really enjoyed the Dynamite Beef which was quality beef with a hot chilli sauce and a side of cucumbers  each mouthful waswelldynamite!

    They have a great selection of cocktails (all reasonably priced at £8.50) and the staff were very helpful when I asked them to recommend a good white wine for my meal.

    Great atmosphere, intimate surroundings, attentive staff and good decor  this is definitely somewhere I can recommend and will be going to much more!

    • Qype User nori…
    • London
    • 17 friends
    • 134 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    17/8/2012

    Went for a
    meal at the Charlotte Street Branch of Tsunami and had a lovely evening there.
    Staff were attentive and the food was really tasty. We shared snow crab dumplings and
    sunshine tuna as starters which were both fantastic. For mains the hot chilli beef and roast duck
    breast were again both very tasty however the duck dish could have done with
    more sauce. Chocolate fondant won over
    for desert! Although the food was lovely portion sizes were pretty small and
    the bill was very high. Doubt I'd return again due to the high prices.

    • Qype User ErikM…
    • London
    • 43 friends
    • 106 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    13/6/2010

    I have been to Tsunami twice for their lunch deal. How can you say no to two courses for £15? Especially with food like they serve. Although, I always end up spending more because of the supplement dishes - the Wagyu beef main especially is exquisite. Also, if they have the Korean spicy miso lamb chops for a starter get it, just get it, even with the supplement. Great food, great interior, what's not to like?

    Whenever I go for lunch somewhere else in the area and end up spending £10+ for some food that isn't particularly great all I can think of is that for a few pounds more I could have had a great meal at Tsunami instead.

    Highly recommended for their lunch deal.

    • Qype User nisper…
    • London
    • 8 friends
    • 93 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    26/5/2009

    I love the Tsunami restaurant. I have been only once to celebrate my birthday (using a 50% discount via toptable) and I think the food is really amazing. All the dished were really tasty, specially the Nasu Goma, the dragon roll sushi and the black truffle beef. The service ws also really good and friendly and the decoration of the restaurant is also very nice. The prices are a bit high but the quality is very good and if you have a discount offer it really makes a good value for money.
    I am really looking forward to comeback.

    • Qype User celgen…
    • London
    • 4 friends
    • 17 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    24/10/2010

    We went to Tsunami for dinner with a group of friends and were very impressed with the quality of the food and service. Food was absolutely exquisite (starters and main) and the service excellent.
    Very attentive without being intrusive waiter, amazing!
    I highly recommend this place!

  • 4.0 star rating
    17/12/2013

    Really good sushi. Kind of messed up our order and were slow. The mini volcano roll is a California Roll absolutely doused in some mixture of sauces. It tasted great but felt like eating melted ice cream with a California Roll underneath it.

  • 4.0 star rating
    19/3/2012
    1 check-in here

    You can't go wrong with Tsunami. Despite the rather unsettling name the food is great. If you're doing a light lunch they have great Sushi, all of it is good. They also have some great fish and meat dishes, if you're hungry go for sushi and a main course. The cod and beef are particularly good. They also have some killer cocktails. It is quite expensive so it's better if you're going and not paying! Having been to Nobu I can't really tel the difference between the two, and that's a good thing.

  • 5.0 star rating
    22/4/2012
    Seated via OpenTable

    Been dying for some good sushi and we got some. Try the yellowtail appetizer and the scallop appetizer-- awesome!!

  • 4.0 star rating
    22/1/2012

    Best sushi I have had in London! Grilled aubergine is a must! As are the grilled scallops, the lobster maki roll and the spicy tuna roll. Everything we tried was really delicious, the restaurant was packed on a Monday and the wine was reasonably priced (and glasses were large). Would definitely go again!

  • 4.0 star rating
    7/2/2012

    intimate little japanese fusion-ish restaurant in fiztrovia.  it's small so if you have loud talkers, there's no escaping.

    food was really good.  sashimi was ok but that's pretty typical of london.  special roll was yummy AND aesthetically pleasing.  thumbs up for the truffle rib-eye.  good, tender meat with this teriyaki truffle sauce.  -we're big fans of truffle.

    look forward to trying the sake menu next time.

  • 3.0 star rating
    21/3/2011

    Before I start, my score should be 3.5.  This place's decor is modern and the service is efficient.  The green bean salad was absolutely top-notch; crunchy, refreshing and had moreish dressing.  Another starter - Agedashi Tofu came with the main course, which was a bit annoying.  Both the stock for this and dip for Tempura lacked depth; it tasted too salty and lacked bonito flavour.  The chef may be from the eastern Japan (where people tend to use too much soya sauce, whilst in the west people use lots of stock), and he/she does need far better stock to get it right. You can normally judge the quality of the Japanese restaurants by their Tempura.  Unfortunetely, Tsunami's was far too greasy - sure sign of frying at the wrong temperature.  Also one of our Tempuras didn't have courgetts.  Last time we were there, we tried Toban, which was a far cry from the authentic version.  These niggling faults make Tsunami just an OK place, unfortunately...  It's a shame because their Lemongrass Creme Brulee was faultless.  I hope they make improvements soon, so we can go back.

  • 4.0 star rating
    16/11/2011

    Tsunami is great if you go with the Toptable offer. 50% off during Monday lunch time!! I love how they do a bit of a mix with the seafood and beef (the uni foie gras sauce is to die for). The tempura is fried to perfection, and I definitely loved the crab tempura. Soft shell crab roll and the lobster roll taste good and are a great way to fill your stomach so you don't end up spending your money that you're supposed to set aside for your rent and groceries. The portions are on the small side, so I wouldn't come every week (unlike how my sushi cravings come to me every week). Although I would definitely return even maybe without the Toptable offer. The decor is fine, but the restaurant is a bit cramped. Love the Fitzrovia area though.

    • Qype User cnguye…
    • London
    • 1 friend
    • 16 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    30/11/2011

    Tsunami is great if you go with the Toptable offer. 50% off during Monday lunch time!! I love how they do a bit of a mix with the seafood and beef (the uni foie gras sauce is to die for). The tempura is fried to perfection, and I definitely loved the crab tempura. Soft shell crab roll and the lobster roll taste good and are a great way to fill your stomach so you don't end up spending your money that you're supposed to set aside for your rent and groceries. The portions are on the small side, so I wouldn't come every week (unlike how my sushi cravings come to me every week). Although I would definitely return even maybe without the Toptable offer. The decor is fine, but the restaurant is a bit cramped. Love the Fitzrovia area though.

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