4 Station Parade, Noel Road, Ealing, London, W3 0DS
Directly opposite the West Acton underground station, you’ll find this little gem of a café and deli. Situated in the heart of the area’s Japanese community, it serves genuinely authentic sushi as well as fresh-as-you-like lunches and snacks all day. YoYo Kitchen first opened in 2010, when experienced chef Yoichi Iguchi decided to open his own establishment. He boasts a wealth of experience in preparing Japanese cuisine, including working at Nobu in both Tokyo and London. The food is freshly prepared every day and is deliciously authentic. On our visit, we were delighted to find our favourites on the menu – salmon and tuna hosomaki rolls – along with a selection of novel alternatives. The chicken katsu curry caught our attention, as did the vegetarian-friendly sweet potato croquettes. We were also intrigued by the marinated mackerel, which we’ll definitely return to sample. You can’t dismiss the huge variety of sake on offer – including their original YoYo sake, which evokes memories of Japan’s forests. The label of this special tipple is even made from traditional Japanese washi paper. The atmosphere here is communal and friendly; we felt very much at home, despite it being our first visit. From the enthusiastic chef, to the welcoming staff and expertly prepared food, countless factors contributed to our unreserved recommendation of YoYo Kitchen. Follow them on Instagram and Facebook for more information on seasonal Japanese festivals and the latest happenings.