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New rooftop Japanese restaurant & bar to launch this winter

Launching this winter, Bisushima will serve up progressive Japanese cuisine overlooking Trafalgar Square, taking diners from a tranquil breakfast, through to a lively and up-tempo dinner service.

Located within the newly refurbished Page8 hotel, Covent Garden, the restaurant occupies the sixth floor. The 6,000 square foot venue proudly boasts a separate bar area and two large external roof terraces, directly overlooking iconic Trafalgar Square and the bottom of Covent Garden. Accommodating over 190 covers in total, it’s easily set to become one of the largest rooftop venues in the area.

Bisushima is the creation of Chef and Restaurateur, Sergey Men, alongside his business partner Ruslav Ugarov. Having worked as a sushi chef in kitchens across the world, Sergey has developed a signature style he is proud of, turning high quality produce into well-balanced and flavoursome, modern Japanese food. Bisushima will place an emphasis on harmony between the guests, environment and the food.

Example dishes include Toro tataki with quinoa and pak choi salad; Shime saba oshizushi (Seared cured mackerel pressed sushi with ginger, shiso and sesame); Unagi Shirayaki with porcini mushrooms and miso infused spinach puree and Hojicha Crème Brulee with Blackcurrant ice cream.

Discussing the restaurant concept, Men said, “Bisushima has been a dream of mine for many years so I’m delighted to finally bring the idea to life. I want the restaurant to be a transitional space, with the whole experience depending on the time of day you visit. For example, in the morning we will be serving the only Japanese breakfast in London. It will be truly authentic, healthy and balanced with a huge amount of natural light and calming atmosphere.

“Then throughout the day it will be informal and laid back, a place of comfort and sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of London on the streets below. Moving into the evening, things shift gear. A big part of Japanese culture is entertaining and drinking in the evenings, an energy of endless possibilities.

'Overlooking the lights of London, Bisushima will be the place to be for delicious, authentic sushi and modern dishes with Japanese essence, accompanied by interesting wines, sake and cocktails. The evening is when the restaurant will truly be alive and humming with excitement.”

The interiors of the restaurant have been designed with the concept of Shinrin-yoku (nature therapy) at the forefront. With the mission to create a sanctuary in the city, the team have taken great inspiration from nature. With nature proven to have a tangible therapeutic effect, the setting aims to be the antithesis of a modern, stressful and hectic way of living in the Western world. Expect nods to nature with plenty of natural light from floor to ceiling windows surrounding the restaurant.