Selecting a top Japanese restaurant for lunch is always a stylish statement.
But when you choose Sumosan in Mayfair over the more obvious Nobu, your credibility inches up even further.
The location may feel familiar as the restaurant occupies the sight of former 'happening' restaurants Coast and Mayfair Mash.
Nature provides the inspiration for Sumosan's decor, with faux snakeskin chair coverings, bamboo design flooring and polished wood tables like butchers' blocks. Alternatively you can sit at the sushi bar (pictured) and be close to the sharp-knifed action.
The food is Japanese with an international twist. Traditional sushi, noodle and fish dishes such as Black Cod sit alongside multicultural combinations such as Lamb Chops Furkaki and Beef Medallion with a Wasabi Miso Sauce.
The set Itadakimase menu is excellent value, or you can pick and mix from a superior sushi selection that includes exotica such as sea urchin and flying fish roe.
Despite its provenance, Sumosan does not feel very Japanese. None of the (very friendly) staff were Japanese, nor were any of the diners. But if you are looking for a chic environment, with quirky and classic Japanese food, Sumosan will not disappoint.
Where: 26b Albemarle St, London, W1 Contact: 020 7495 5999 How much: £40 per person without wine