Jinkichi is another of those Japanese restaurants for which I have a massive soft spot and like to visit as often as possible.
They also have zosui rice soup, as well as tuna natto, salmon jaws, and my beloved Calpico. So not just sanitised sushi and tempura, and more like downtown Tokyo.
The food is smashing, but despite being in Hampstead, Jinkichi is far from fancy - you wouldn't expect to see it get into the Michelin Guide any time soon.
It has, however, made the Food List. For, tomorrow, the first ever The Food List: Britain’s Top 200 Restaurants will be launched by the Sunday Times, and Jinkichi has made number 71.
The Sunday Times Food List, compiled in association with Harden’s, identifies the top 200 restaurants across the whole of the UK, as voted for by 8000 customers, based on food alone - not ambience, or service - just the food.
Michael Caines' Gidleigh Park in Devon comes top of the league table with Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck coming a close second. Surprisingly, Gordon Ramsay has no restaurants at all in the top half of The Food List - his Hospital Road restaurant was placed 52nd, and Petrus was rated 77th.
The Food List, a 32-page special supplement of the best 100 restaurants, with profiles of the top 25, will come with every paper copy of The Sunday Times tomorrow (similar to existing supplements such as the Sunday Times Rich List).
The complete list of 200 restaurants will be available exclusively at www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/foodlist, accessible to subscribers all year round.
What this means is that enough people recommended the food at Jinkichi for it to go straight onto the Food List (beating Petrus).
THE SUNDAY TIMES FOOD LIST TOP 10
- Gidleigh Park
- The Fat Duck
- Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley
- The Ledbury
- The Waterside Inn
- Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons
- Le Gavroche
- The Kitchin
73 Heath Street
London NW3 6UG
020 7794 6158
The Food List: Britain’s Top 200 Restaurants is compiled in association with Harden’s, publisher of The UK Restaurant Guide, and a paper version of the Top 100 is out tomorrow with the Sunday Times.
The full list of 200 Restaurants will be published online on Sunday October 31st on thesundaytimes.co.uk/foodlist.