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 15 seats on the 8th floor of the Rotunda of the former BBC headquarters, at Television Centre in White City. And half a year later, it’s already scored a Michelin Star.
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 you’ll get the omakase; 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 rogue and ordering à 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.
There’s a cocktail menu too, of course. With only five drinks, it’s on the shorter side, but each is original, and they boast sushi-matching ingredients like Japanese green tea gin, barley spirit, and shiso leaf.
Something tells us we won’t have heard the Endo of this place, not by a long way.
NOTE: Endo at the Rotunda is open for dinner Tues-Sat, and lunch on Fri & Sat. You can find out more, and make a reservation right HERE.
Endo at the Rotunda | White City House Television Centre, 101 Wood Lane, W12 7FR
Last Updated: 30th January 2020
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