Endo at Rotunda | High-up, high end sushi in White City
Endo Kazutoshi is a third-generation sushi master.
And yet, he’s basically the grandaddy of sushi making.
Having manned the pans at places like Zuma and Spain’s El Bulli, he’s now launched his own, intimate sushi spot, modestly packing just 24 seats in the Rotunda of the former BBC headquarters, at Television Centre in White City.
The place has a stripped-back, classically Japanese aesthetic, with pale wood counters gazed down upon by a huge, impressive lighting installation, which features bulbs suspended between huge, billowing layers of thin white paper that seem to ripple out across the ceiling – much like the clouds you’re figuratively sitting in. Speaking of which, almost all of those two dozen seats look out over the cityscape through floor-to-ceiling windows.
Of course, your view will be slightly obstructed by the masterful sushi chef skilfully chopping raw swimmers a few inches from your plate. For dinner, the best move is to go for the omokase; a 15/18 course tasting menu that’s tailored to your own tastes, and showcases the best things they’re serving that particular day.
At lunch, if you fancy going rouge and ordering a la carte, then your options range from the likes of otoro tuna belly ‘tacos’ with signature caviar; spider crab with truffle; three types of tuna with signature seaweed; grilled ‘Wagyu’ beef; vegetable tempura; and looots more.
And of course there are cocktails too, including a Barley Tea Punch with barley spirit, prunes, light rum & chestnut; a number filled with mandarin, green tea & whisky called the Mikan.
Something tells us we won’t have heard the Endo of Thijs place, not by a long way.
NOTE: Endo at the Rotunda is open for bookings now. You can find out more, and make a booking right HERE.
White City House Television Centre | 101 Wood Lane, W12 7FR
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