The team at the Tsuru restaurant in London’s Bishopsgate are fanatical about food, and that’s just what makes their Japanese eatery stand out in the local market. Formed by three friends; Kensuke, Emma and Jon, Tsuru is on the fringes of the City, offering a bright, vibrant setting for anything from business dinners to a quick bite with friends accompanied by an Asahi beer or boutique sourced sake. Many of the recipes chef Kensuke works from in the Tsuru kitchen have been passed down from his own mother and grandmother, while all the produce he uses are sourced from top suppliers with a focus on quality and sustainability alike – free range chicken, sustainable line caught fish, even packaging is recyclable. Menu options include not only the freshest hand rolled sushi but traditional Japanese curries and ippin ryouri, Japan’s answer to tapas. With a covered outdoor seating area and a location equally convenient for the business-minded City and arty Shoreditch.
£25 and under
Ramen seems to be increasingly popular in London and grabbing food headlines more often. Tsuru Ramen is the latest one I've had the pleasure of trying and what a pleasure it was. Note: This isn't offered by Tsuru, rather it is a separate Ramen shop that has been using Tsuru on Bishopsgate to serve up some quality meals twice a month on Saturdays. They will be opening up their own place soon...more
Another Monday night date with the boyfriend! If you haven't been to Tsuru before or know the area, it's handy to know that it is located off the main drag, up some stairs, in an internal shopping area (with pretty cool architecture).
When we arrived at Tsuru there was only one other group there, which made us nervous, but our scepticism soon wore off. First up, a pint of Asahi each, and tap...more
Sashimi moriawase £14.25
Sliced just right that the sashimi is silky and smooth, it was eaten with pleasure.
Soft shell 'spider' crab tempura uramaki £8.45
The soft shell crab tempura was a little greasy which took away the nice crispy crunch associated with this.
The edamame is standard fare and does well as an appetiser or if you just can't get enough of them.
I went there yesterday evening and returned drunk and impressed. I went there again today at lunchtime. No mistakes ... Tsuru is equally good even in daylight :)
The first visit was for a Yelp event ... where the chef there patiently taught me (and several others) how to roll various kinds of sushi. I will not be putting up any pictures of the ugly nigiri that i rolled, but it sure tasted...more