Ken Sushi

Ken Sushi restaurant in Amsteldijk Amsterdam

If you want to know your daikon from your dashi, this is the place to clue up on sushi and how best to enjoy it. Ken Sushi is all about fresh fish prepared in beautiful ways with passionate explanations about your order’s ingredients and dishes. At this Amsteldijk spot, you’ll be one of 12 seated at the bar as the chef prepares each dish while you watch. The result is playful, artistic, delicious sushi served in a friendly atmosphere.

Ken Sushi // Amsteldijk 40 D 

Sushi Fanatics

Sushi Fanatics restaurant in Amsterdam Albert Cuypstraat Japanese Wagyu nigiri

Situated on the famous market street Albert Cuypstraat in De Pijp, Sushi Fanatics is steadily gaining a following for its solid sushi offering at affordable prices. We recommend sampling the more unusual menu items such as melt-in-your-mouth otoro (fatty tuna) to juicy botan ebi (plump shrimp).

Sushi Fanatics // Albert Cuypstraat 250

EN

Asian food lovers will be at home at EN kitchen and sake bar. The menu is wide-ranging: you can pick your dishes or go for a set combination and let the in-house sake sommelier find the perfect accompaniment. Sushi aside, we recommend the grilled Wagyu beef served on a Himalayan salt plate.

EN // Dusartstraat 53 h

Yamazato

Yamazato restaurant in Amsterdam sushi, Japanese haute cuisine. Image of tatami room

If money is no object to delicious sushi, Yamazato at Hotel Okura won’t disappoint. The first traditional kaiseki (haute cuisine) Japanese restaurant in Europe to be awarded a Michelin star, Yamazato is dedicated to creating an authentic Japanese experience. Dine at the sushi table built according to traditional Japanese standards, watch the masters at work, or sit in the tatami room for an exceptional experience. 

Yamazato // Ferdinand Bolstraat 333

Undercover

Undercover Japanese restaurant Amsterdam. Menu item orangina unagi [Image via Instagram]

We can thank “procrastination gone too far” for the founding of Undercover. This up-and-coming spot started as a clandestine dorm room eatery at Amsterdam Science Park. The low-key operation gained attention from Michelin chefs and curious foodies who relished the “underground” experience. Indulge in a la carte bites, sashimi rolls and bowls, courtesy of student-turned-chef Kit, before the secret’s out. 

Undercover // Wibautstraat 130

Akitsu

This is your simple-but-sublime neighbourhood sushi spot. Despite its unassuming exterior, inside you’ll find traditional tatami seating (low-legged tables and straw mats), friendly staff and a sushi menu full of classic dishes to satisfy your craving. 

Akitsu // Rozengracht 228-230

Honourable mentions:

  • Kaiko // Jekerstraat 114 // This no-nonsense family-run restaurant serves simply delicious sushi.
  • Izakaya // Albert Cuypstraat 2-6 // Izakaya steps away from traditional washoku (Japanese cuisine) and serves up sushi with a South American twist.
  • Hosokawa // Max Euweplein 22 // A sophisticated restaurant in the city centre, Hosokawa is dedicated to the art of fresh, seasonal sushi with a modern touch.
  • Genki Garden // Reguliersdwarsstraat 26 // For a quick and filling stop after a long day of sightseeing, Genki is among the best all-you-can-eat sushi places in the city centre.
Feeling inspired? Read our top 10 spots for Japanese culture in Amsterdam.