Where to Buy Sushi Grade Fish in London

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Where to Buy Sushi or Sashimi Grade Fish in London

The most common type of fresh fish to buy for sushi or sashimi in the UK is Salmon and Tuna, but Sea Bass, Red Snapper and the sustainable and hugely underrated mackerel are well worth a try. In all cases look for clear eyes, firm flesh and the smell of the sea – fresh fish don’t smell of fish! You want to check that the fish has been caught no more than 48 hours ago, especially from fishmongers in London. You need to ask for “sushi grade” fish, not just fresh fish, because of course all fishmongers will say their fish is fresh. Tuna is the exception to this rule as it’s imported, so you need to look for a deep red translucent flesh (similar to jelly) rather than dry flesh with a brown tinge.

Buying Sushi Grade Fish

Meek & Wild

13 Highbury Park, London N5 1QJ
Tel: 020 7226 3331
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Lovely little fishmongers with the friendliest staff in London. Out of all the fishmongers in London this is probably the best we’ve seen in terms of quality and freshness. They also sell sushi-making equipment in case you don’t already have that yet!

Moxon’s

Clapham South Underground Station, Nightingale Lane, Clapham, London SW4 9DH
Tel: 020 8675 2468
149 Lordship Lane, Dulwich, London SE22 8HX
Tel: 020 8299 1559
17 Bute Street, South Kensington, London SW7 3EY
Tel: 020 7591 0050
110 Islington High Sreet, Islington, London N1 8EG
Tel: 020 7704 1120
www.moxonsfreshfish.com

Moxon’s is another good quality, independent fishmongers who are passionate about the sustainability of fish and use reputable fish suppliers. Like us, they source their salmon from Loch Duart in Scotland. If you like salmon sashimi, there’s nothing better than freshly cutting some yourself and eating it straight away; just make sure you ask for a portion taken from the head end of the fish as it has a better texture and taste. Each of their sites sells different seafood, so it’s best to call ahead to check.

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Steve Hatt

88-90 Essex Road, Islington, London N1 8LU
Tel: 020 7226 3963
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This old school fishmonger has a huge range of fish and a high turnover of produce, one sure fire way to ensure freshness. They sell salmon, tuna, sea bass, red snapper, scallops, mackerel and many more sushi grade fish – just ask when you go in there which of their fish is suitable for sushi. It’s a 5 minute walk from Angel Tube Station or a 15 minute walk from Highbury & Islington Tube Station.

Atari-Ya

595 High Road, North Finchley, London N12 0DY
Tel: 020 8446 6669
7 Station Parade, Noel Road, West Acton, London W3 0DS
Tel: 020 8896 1552
15-16 Monkville Parade, Finchley Road, London NW11 0AL
Tel: 020 8458 7626
44 Coome Road, Kingston-Upon-Thames, Surrey KT2 7AF
Tel: 020 8547 9891
www.atariya.co.uk

These speciality Japanese shops all have fish counters with lots of sushi-grade fish to choose from. You may pay slightly more than in most fishmongers but you’ll be able to guarantee you’re buying exactly what you need to make the perfect sushi. You’ll also be able to get expert advice on the best type of fish to buy for sushi and how to correctly prepare it. As well as fish, you’ll find an array of other Japanese cooking ingredients, including vegetables, rice, pickled ginger and soy sauce to get you started on your culinary journey.

Japan Center and Umai

595 High Road, North Finchley, London N12 0DY
Tel: 020 8446 6669
Japan Center, 19 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 7ED
Tel: 020 3405 1151 (Online Store)
Umai, 19 Air Street, Soho, London W1B 5AG
Tel: 020 3405 2392
Umai, 1 Fresh Food, Great Eastern Market, Westfield Stratford City, London E20 1GL
Tel: 020 3405 2394
Japan Center Cash amp; Carry, Unit 15 – 18 Victoria Industrial Estate, Victoria Road, London W3 6UU
Tel: 020 3405 2388
www.japancentre.com

The Japan Center and their speciality delicatessen Umai are another example of a one stop shop for making sushi. Expect to pay slightly more for your fish here, mainly because of their central locations, but you can ensure good quality and some of the friendliest, most helpful staff in London. Their late opening hours (between 7pm and 9pm depending on location and day of the week) can be useful too if you want to pick up some ingredients to make sushi after work.

Billingsgate Market

Trafalgar Way, Poplar, London E14 5ST
Tel: 020 7987 1118
(There is no official website for Billingsgate Market but a Google search will provide you with some information on the right of that page)

Billingsgate Market opening hours are 4am to 9:30am Tuesday to Saturday, although if you get there at 9am all you’ll see is them packing up. Try and get there as early as possible to see all the action. It is closed on Sunday and Monday because fishermen don’t fish on the weekend, hence the saying “Never buy fish on a Sunday (or Monday)”.

Billingsgate Market can be an intimidating place the first time you go with lots of action and even more noise. It’s great if you’re prepared to get up early to find a bargain, but you need to know where to look if you want fish suitable for sushi. We’d recommend you start at the back right of the building from where you enter where you’ll find whole salmons and beautiful tuna loins (you may struggle in finding smaller portions). Remember 95% of the fish there won’t be suitable for eating raw. You’ve really got to know your fish and to be honest know the fishmonger!

Again, there are great suppliers at Billingsgate and some not so great – look out for the vacuum-packed tuna loins which have been dyed red to make them appear fresher than they are. It’s best to go with someone who knows their fish, but just remember, if it smells of fish, it’s not fresh!

La Petite Poissonnerie

75a Gloucester Avenue, London NW1 8LD
Tel: 020 7483 4435
lapetite-poissonnerie.co.uk

This quaint fishmonger many not have the biggest selection in the world, but it’s got enough to satisfy most tastes. They pride themselves on mostly having locally caught fish from the shores of the UK.

And best of all they have lots of Japanese ingredients too, so if you’re local, you can make this your one stop shop for a freshly made sushi dinner!

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2 Comments on “Where to Buy Sushi Grade Fish in London”

    1. No problem Alexander, glad we could help. If you need any sushi once you’re in London then just give us a shout.

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