Place

Oliver Maki

Where?
W1
33 Dean St, W1D 4PW
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When?
12-4pm, 6pm-11.30pm

This is not your usual Japanese – soy sauce blended with extra virgin olive oil and iPad screens for menus, handy if you like to see what your order will look like but in no way a fair representation of the real thing, are only some of the quirks here.

The bento boxes contain delicate pieces of sushi, sashimi and ceviche, all carefully assembled and beautifully presented to the table – almost too pretty to eat. The tempura prawns are incredibly crisp, served with a small pickled Japanese peach – a nice touch. But Oliver Maki is certainly not for purists. Taking an experimental and contemporary approach, the sushi parings are highly unusual with unlikely toppings such as guacamole and black truffle, and brown rice as a base. Somehow all the unusual flavours marry beautifully – this is a fusion that actually works!