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Time Out says: On a residential Hackney street, someone’s Pinterest board has come to life. At least, that’s how this Japanese restaurant feels: from the brushed gold countertops, untreated wooden stools and pretty glass vases with delicate foliage, to the square cards that make up the specials board which, naturally, are held together by mismatched bulldog clips. read more
Yasmin Tells says: If you can’t afford a ticket to Japan it only makes sense to do the next closest thing and eat the cuisine! In Hackney, East London there is a Japanese restaurant by the name of UCHI… From the calm pastel colours and windows to the natural finishes. read more
Eating My Own Words says: I would gladly tie the knot with the interior design and live forever among the bleached woods, copper bar tops, and washed stone of this minimalist paradise. I would willingly forsake all others for its flickering tea lights and hanging kokedama. read more
The Infatuation The menu is small, which is reassuring - you never really want to see sushi, udon and ramen on the same menu - but the room is large. There’s a very, well, Japanese vibe about the whole thing. You’ll sit on a wooden stool, hear the reassuring clink of your Asahi on the industrial metal tables and order a load of sashimi, nigiri and sushi rolls. read more
Vouge says: Hidden away on a back street in Clapton, Uchi is entered through a set of noren, or traditional Japanese curtains. Nab a stool at the brushed gold counter and dig into their pared down menu of top-quality classics, including buttery tuna sashimi. read more

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