So what do we need to know about Hot Stone?
Ever since launching his first solo venture in the somewhat unlikely restaurant spot of Islington's Chapel Market, chef Padam Raj Rai has been slowly building a fanbase. When you take a look at his CV you'll work out the reason why. Before going it alone he was head sushi chef at Tsukiji in Mayfair and has 20 years of experience in Japanese restaurants, including Nobu, Zuma and Sake no Hana. It's fair to say he knows his way around a sushi counter. The critics agree and - were it not for the interruption of one pandemic - he'd be welcoming diners into the second Hot Stone, which has just opened for delivery in Fitzrovia.
So, it's sushi then?
Yes, but not just sushi. There's a range of hot dishes too along with a special Nepalese menu to try, which references chef Padam's heritage.
That said, the focus is on their sushi. Such is the attention to detail and authenticity at Hot Stone that the wasabi for the sushi is freshly grated, there are two types of aged soy sauce brewed in 100 year old cedar barrels and the sushi rice is premium, Japanese-grown Koshihikari rice.
What's on the menu?
For delivery there are various options. You can either opt for various set menus, there's the most impressive omakase box or you can assemble your own dinner together from the a-la-carte list.
Here's a selection from what we tried:
And to drink?
There's the choice of four delivery cocktails - each bottle serves two for £20 - choose from Lychee Martini, a Cloudy Sake Old Fashioned, Green Tea Negroni or an Ume Martini.
Quite honestly, we were blown away by Hot Stone. Sure, it's pretty pricey - but the quality is amazing. We're still smiling at the thought of how good that fatty tuna nigiri was. Various lockdowns had prevented us from trying the Angel restaurant over the past year - we won't make the same mistake again. We'll be making a beeline for the new Fizrovia place, the minute restrictions are lifted.
More about Hot Stone
Where is it? Islington's Chapel Market and Windmill Street in Fitzrovia
How to order: Either directly from them or through Supper or Slerp. Delivery radius is around six miles. Full details on their website.
Hot Dinners received this as a gift from Hot Stone. Prices correct at time of publication.
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