Zen Mondo, Islington – small and perfectly formed

Sushi is something I crave in waves. I can go months, even years without and then out of the blue, if I am near the right place I will jump right in.

My all time favourite is Bento Cafe in Camden, but now being an East London gal, it can be a bit of trek heading over there when I get the craving, hence me seeking other world cuisines to demolish.

Picture a weekday, grim, cold and a huge come down after holidays, Summer months etc etc and you have your cosy “date night” with one of your besties. Her company certainly brightens the mood and this partnered with some surprisingly good sushi lifted both our spirits.

Zen Monday is tiny, you can eat in or takeaway. Manoeuvring into your seat between the closely knit tables can be like something out of the Krypton Factor and it certainly encourages familiarity with your dining neighbours with “oops, there goes your drink on the floor”, joking, but silently hoping it doesn’t happen.


At is an intimate and quite dark space, I didn’t want to be that girl constantly taking pics with flash, so I grabbed shots of what I could. Salmon madness was on the cards for Fitore, with a platter of nigiri, maki, sashimi and cod roe. I opted for the spicy tuna maki and some salmon sashimi. It was fresh with the rice served at the perfect temperature (body temp) and the fish between 4 and 6 degrees. This ensures you enjoy the taste and texture more. The salmon in particular tasted creamy to me.

Zen Mondo is not cheap, because it is superior in its offering and authentic with a Japanese brigade. But as a healthy option when you searching for lunch or dinner on the upper street, this works.

Zen Mondo
326 Upper Street
N1 2QX
T. 020 7502 2078

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