Tsuru Opens 3rd Site

Mimi ON Mar 16, 2011 AT 10:31 am



by John Gregory-Smith

Japanese restaurant Tsuru has just opened it’s third city site at Queen Street, St Paul’s, serving up authentic Japanese food with the same commitment to quality and sustainability – not to mention its dazzling array of whiskies and sakes.

Tsuru takes the concept of ‘hand-made’ sushi very seriously – stocks are made from scratch on site, and sushi is made in each branch by hand every morning.

Kensuke Yamada, founder and co-owner of Tsuru Sushi, grew up in Japan learning a love of Japanese food and culture. He and partner Emma Reynolds ran a successful stall in London’s Broadway Market before taking the plunge and setting up their first restaurant at Bankside in 2008 with business partner Jon. Much of the menu’s authenticity comes from Kensuke and his family recipes.

Sustainability and quality of food is high on the agenda. Close relationships with their fish suppliers ensure traceability and seasonal changes depending on what is available. Chicken is free-range packaging is almost entirely recyclable, and many suppliers are boutique – such as their sake supplier Akashi Tai.


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