Review: The Polo Bar & Tsukiji Sushi Restaurant, The Westbury Hotel, Mayfair
Style Points: 3/5
Would I Want Seconds?
We decided to start our meal with drinks in The Polo Bar found to the side of the main hotel. This bar has relaxed art deco styling, and is decked out in dark paneled wood and low lighting, as is much of the hotel.
Once we had ordered and savored our drinks chosen from an extensive menu, we were guided by the waiter to the Tsukiji Sushi Restaurant. The restaurant itself is a small 20 seater space with a red wood interior and views into the sushi kitchen.
As with many sushi restaurants the best option was to order the tasting menu and sample a range of dishes. Our tasting menu started with Salmon Tartar with Yuzu miso. This was served with grated cheese on the top, and although I’ve never thought to mix salmon and cheese, this combination of the tart yuzu miso and creamy cheese actually worked really well to create a delicious dish.
Next on the tasting menu was the Hamachi New Style Sashimi with spicy sauce. I’m a big fan of sashimi and this dish was presented in a beautiful manner to resemble roses. We then tried the Tataki Chu Toro with jalapeño salsa followed by Octopus Carpacchio with truffle mustard miso dressing.
The next course was Grilled Oyster with creamy sauce and this was actually the first time I’d tried oysters! As we were only served one each as part of the tasting menu I managed to take the leap and quite enjoyed it!
By this point we had lost count go the courses but they kept coming! Our next course was Harumaki with vinegar soy which was served as a spring roll cut in half. The following course is a selection for 3 chefs choice New Style Sushi and then Black Cod with saikyo miso sauce which was one of my favorite dishes as the cod was cooked so well.
Finally we ended with dessert which was a traditional Ume Sorbet with Japanese plum sorbet. I also ordered green tea ice cream as I had been craving it for a while!
Could I Afford Seconds?
The tasting menu consisting of 8 courses including dessert cost £59.50 per person and offered a substantial amount of food. Although the courses themselves are quite small, the large number of courses balances this out so that diners don’t leave hungry.
Tsukiji Sushi Restaurant also offer a pre-theatre menu which is a better option for diners looking for less course. The pre-theatre menu offers three courses and a glass of Prosecco all for £37.50 per person.