At the end of 2016, a little Japanese place called Yuzu opened very quietly indeed, initially just for lunch and without much more information about it other than a very striking Instagram feed. Well now Yuzu has just launched a dinner menu and, having been keeping a close eye on their progress, we went down for their first ever evening service – and we were pretty bowled over by the place.

At lunchtime, Yuzu has a conveyor belt system so city workers can grab a quick lunch but at night the belt is covered up with heavy wooden boards and the menu expands to offer a full dinner experience. We sat up at the smooth ceramic bar right in front of the kitchen and spent the evening chatting to chefs and tucking into some top-notch dishes.

We kicked off with sushi, freshly sliced and prepared right before us, from tuna nigiri to salmon & avo tobiko and yellowtail sashimi with ponzu jelly. A succession of cracking small plates followed: fresh prawn gyoza; black cod with miso sauce; and the winner, pork belly with miso aubergine. Desserts were no less impressive and we loved the lemongrass creme brûlée topped with raspberry coulis and the bonsai-tree shaped chocolate with pear.

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Prices, especially considering its location near the City, are very reasonable too so this place should be at the top of your list if you’re a fan of sushi and Japanese flavours. 2017 may be only a few weeks old but we have a feeling that Yuzu will be one of our favourite places this year.

7a Artillery Passage, London, E1 7LG