Best Of Nairobi – Japanese and Sushi Restaurants

written by Yummy Editorial 18th June 2019

International Sushi day is here! If you love sushi then you should check out these great restaurants across Nairobi that are guaranteed to serve you fresh sashimi and creatively inspired sushi rolls!


Best of Nairobi: Japanese and Sushi restaurants-Bamboo
Bamboo restaurant at Zen Garden offers traditional and modern Chinese, Japanese and Thai dishes in an elegantly designed open plan dining space. Whether you’re out in the garden or the beautiful interior, the service is always good and the food even better.

Must Try: Spicy Rolls



Cheka Izekaya

Best of Nairobi: Japanese and Sushi restaurants-Cheka
Cheka is the only Japanese restaurant in town that is run by Japanese owners (and they are brothers!). Expect to find authentic sushi rolls, sashimi, spicy noodle soup, rice wines and sake imported from Japan.

Must Try: Spicy Noodle Soup



Furusato Japanese

Best of Nairobi: Japanese and Sushi restaurants-Furusato
This lovely garden restaurant is visible from the street with its colourful lanterns. Furusato specializes in authentic Japanese food but they also have an extensive Korean selection with classic Korean noodle dishes like bibimbap.

Must Try: Sushi boat combos




Best of Nairobi: Japanese and Sushi restaurants-Ginza

Ginza is a large, multi-storey Pan Asian restaurant with something for everyone. It is known for its inspired sushi, stir-fries, seafood, salads and delectable desserts all expertly prepared. Book a table in their traditional Chinese dining room or take a seat and their long, modern Teppanyaki counter – you can truly have it all here.

Must Try: Their Tempura pieces



Best of Nairobi: Japanese and Sushi restaurants-Haru

Haru Sushi and Shabu restaurant is located in the Karen Professional Centre. Haru’s food is always beautifully presented with fresh sushi, sashimi and tempura being their speciality.

Must Try: Spicy Crunchy Tuna rolls




Misono Japanese Restaurant

Best of Nairobi: Japanese and Sushi Restaurants-Misono Japanese Restaurant

Misono offers an authentic Japanese atmosphere complete with spacious a la carte tables upstairs and large Teppanyaki grills with skilled chefs that cook exclusively to suit any taste downstairs. Your entrance is welcomed with a head bow and sounding of a gong where you proceed to be served with utmost kindness and efficiency. Their sushi is some of the best in town and is best enjoyed in a hearty sushi boat.

Must Try: Miso Soup followed by sushi combo


Ocean Basket

Best of Nairobi: Japanese and Sushi restaurants-Ocean Basket

The sushi here is probably some of the most affordable you’ll find in Nairobi with all the basic favourites on offer. Their Mediterranean and Asian sushi blends the vibrancy of Mediterranean cuisine with your favourite sushi. Definitely, a must have.

Must try: Fashion Sandwiches


The Phoenician

Best of Nairobi: Japanese and Sushi Restaurants-Phoenician

The Phoenician is a fabulous restaurant that serves sushi, Lebanese and Teppanyaki courses, in an al fresco atmosphere at the Junction. The Phoenician has a delightful ambience and good service. The Westlands branch even has an outdoor play area for the kids.

Must Try: Spicy Crazy Salmon rolls


Sushi Soo
Best of Nairobi: Japanese and Sushi restauranrs-sushi soo

One of the best things about Sushi Soo is the Korean supermarket situated next door where one can find culinary gems such as Shitake mushrooms, mirin, roast nori and panko. The restaurant makes arguably the best sushi rice in town so go wild with the rolls.

Must Try: Nigiri


Best of Nairobi: Japanese and Sushi Restaurants-Tokyo Restaurant

Tokyo Restaurant in Lavington is a beautifully designed, modern Japanese space with traditional Japanese dining rooms for special group bookings. Every morsel of fish, sushi and warm bowl of noodles or soup in this establishment is made with finesse and passion. It’s easy to see this from the lively and friendly owners who always make a point of checking on every customer. They have a fantastic wine list and a dazzling cocktail menu with signature creations.

Must Try: Sashimi


88 at Villa Rosa Kempinski
Best of Nairobi: Japanese and Sushi Restaurants-88 at Villa Rosa Kempinski

88’s dashing interior with warm tones, wooden slats and striking modern furnishings make enough an impression upon entering. The friendly and knowledgeable wait staff will help you choose from a Pan Asian selection of dishes the likes of Laksa curries, noodles and, of course, sushi. Watch as Chef Tyrone Ompoy and his fellow sushi chefs construct their deliciously creative sushi rolls. Take advantage of their all you can eat sushi offer on Tuesdays.

Must Try: Samurai Rolls

Honourable mention:

Pan Asian Yao 

Mr Yao’s passion for travel and culture continues to come alive through the must-taste fusion philosophy of South East Asia. Fresh ingredients, handcrafted dishes and spices come together in communal dishes.

Must try: Sushi and sashimi



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