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A £385 per head sushi restaurant in London is the best dining experience in the UK

A £385 per head sushi restaurant in London is the best dining experience in the UK
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There’s so many restaurants to choose from in the capital, it’s hard to figure out which one’s the best.

Well now, a poll has done the hard work for you, with a sushi restaurant in London named as the best dining experience in the UK.

The Araki in Mayfair recently gained three Michelin stars, beating Bristol’s Casamia and The Ledbury in London in the poll of thousands of diners for the Harden’s Best UK Restaurants guide.

But if you fancy popping along, not only will you have to vie for space (it only seats nine people), be warned: it’s not cheap.

At £385-a-head, it’s definitely a spendy date night.

The guide’s editor and co-founder Peter Harden said The Araki’s success was down to its ‘fabulous level of attention and ingredient quality’.

‘We often find that smaller restaurants do better because the chef can really focus on your meal and your experience.’

A £385 per head sushi restaurant in London is the best dining experience in the UK
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And it wasn’t just London’s dining scene who won some accolades either. Manchester was named as the fastest improving city for food lovers, with 66 restaurants achieving a listing, although none made the top 100.

Harden said: ‘Manchester is one of the fastest-growing cities and on the back of that is the services you expect to see in a thriving city.’

Even so, he said it ‘doesn’t have the champions to make the top 100.

‘Famously, Manchester has not had a Michelin star since 1977 at The French restaurant at the Midland Hotel.

‘It still lacks the type of restaurant you really have to tick off your list.’

A £385 per head sushi restaurant in London is the best dining experience in the UK
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Meanwhile, Edinburgh, with 55 listings and 13 restaurants was dubbed as ‘still unrivaled’ outside the capital.

Among the top scorers were Restaurant Martin Wishart in ninth place, The Kitchin at 47 and Norn at 66.

Bath and Bristol climbed to joint seventh place from joint 11th position for their number of top scoring restaurants, while Wales achieved five rankings in the top 100.

The 27th annual list was based on a survey of 8,500 diners who contributed 50,000 reviews of their restaurant experiences.

That’s a lot of food.

A £385 per head sushi restaurant in London is the best dining experience in the UK
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The 100 best restaurants in the UK according to Harden's:

  1. The Araki, London
  2. Casamia, Bristol
  3. The Ledbury, London
  4. Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Port Isaac
  5. The Fat Duck, Bray
  6. Marianne, London
  7. Waterside Inn, Bray
  8. Black Swan, Oldstead
  9. Restaurant Martin Wishart, Edinburgh
  10. The Clove Club, London
  11. Gidleigh Park, Chagford
  12. Fraiche, Oxton
  13. Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottingham
  14. Ormer Mayfair, London
  15. Gareth Ward at Ynyshir, Eglwys Fach
  16. Sushi Tetsu, London
  17. Story, London
  18. L’Enclume, Cartmel
  19. Yorke Arms, Ramsgill-in-Nidderdale
  20. The Greenhouse, London
  21. Midsummer House, Cambridge
  22. Le Gavroche, London
  23. Pied a Terre, London
  24. Sketch, Lecture Room, London
  25. Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, Great Milton
  26. Umu, London
  27. Bubbledogs, Kitchen Table, London
  28. The Five Fields, London
  29. Raby Hunt, Summerhouse
  30. Moor Hall, Aughton
  31. Bohemia, Jersey
  32. Adam’s, Birmingham
  33. Texture, London
  34. Estiatorio Milos, London
  35. Andrew Fairlie, Auchterarder
  36. Morston Hall, Morston
  37. Helene Darroze, London
  38. Tyddyn Llan, Llandrillo
  39. The Box Tree, Ilkley
  40. Le Cochon Aveugle, York
  41. Petrus, London
  42. Hedone, London
  43. Hambleton Hall, Hambleton
  44. The Neptune, Old Hunstanton
  45. The Ritz, London
  46. Roux at Parliament Square, London
  47. The Kitchin, Edinburgh
  48. Murano, London
  49. Llangoed Hall, Llyswen
  50. Paul Ainsworth at No 6, Padstow
  51. 108 Garage, London
  52. Hakkasan Mayfair, London
  53. Chez Bruce, London
  54. Lympstone Manor, Exmouth
  55. Jamavar, London
  56. Hunan, London
  57. The Forest Side, Grasmere
  58. The Art School, Liverpool
  59. Andre Garrett At Cliveden, Taplow
  60. House Of Tides, Newcastle upon Tyne
  61. Artichoke, Amersham
  62. 5 North Street, Winchcombe
  63. Goodman City, London
  64. Trishna, London
  65. Wilks, Bristol
  66. Norn, Edinburgh
  67. One-O-One, London
  68. The Three Chimneys, Dunvegan
  69. Elystan Street, London
  70. Typing Room, London
  71. La Trompette, London
  72. Where The Light Gets In, Stockport
  73. The Man Behind The Curtain, Leeds
  74. Restaurant James Sommerin, Penarth
  75. Marcus, The Berkeley, London
  76. The Whitebrook, Whitebrook
  77. Pollen Street Social, London
  78. Gauthier Soho, London
  79. Zuma, London
  80. La Petite Maison, London
  81. Locanda Locatelli, London
  82. Northcote, Langho
  83. The Harrow at Little Bedwyn, Marlborough
  84. The Woodspeen, Newbury
  85. The Sportsman, Seasalter
  86. The Glasshouse, Kew
  87. Wiltons, London
  88. Purnells, Birmingham
  89. Coya, London
  90. La Dame de Pic London, London
  91. Roka, London
  92. Seafood Restaurant, Padstow
  93. The Seahorse, Dartmouth
  94. The Peat Inn, Cupar
  95. Scott’s, London
  96. Stovell’s, Chobham
  97. Trinity, London
  98. Portland, London
  99. Min Jiang, London
  100. Medlar, London

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