Unagi Kabayaki, or grilled Eel, is notoriously hard to get hold of in London, and not just because the Japanese eat 70% of the world’s catch. If you’re looking to buy live, or even very fresh Eel to gut at home, you’ll be hard to pushed to find it. Most of the Unagi you’ll find in London, including at your favourite sushi restaurants, will come frozen. This is because the Eel needs to be prepared, and ideally cooked immediately after it’s been gutted.
The bonus for us sushi lovers is that it takes just minutes to prepare and enjoy the unique flavours of Unagi Kabayaki. Now quickly scroll down to find out where you can get Unagi in London.
595 High Road, North Finchley, London N12 0DY
Tel: 020 8446 6669
7 Station Parade, Noel Road, West Acton, London W3 0DS
Tel: 020 8896 1552
15-16 Monkville Parade, Finchley Road, London NW11 0AL
Tel: 020 8458 7626
44 Coombe Road, Kingston-Upon-Thames, Surrey KT2 7AF
Tel: 020 8547 9891
These speciality Japanese shops have great fish counters all over London and are perfect if you’re looking for quality sushi grade fish. As well as fresh fish, you’ll find an array of other Japanese cooking ingredients, including vegetables, rice, pickled ginger and of course, Unagi.
These oriental food specialists have been pioneering oriental food for restaurants, caterers and private customers for over 40 years. They have stores in Chinatown and Greenwich where you’ll be able to pick up packets of frozen Unagi Kabayaki.
Japan Center, 19 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 7ED
Tel: 020 3405 1151 (Online Store)
Umai, 19 Air Street, Soho, London W1B 5AG
Tel: 020 3405 2392
Umai, 1 Fresh Food, Great Eastern Market, Westfield Stratford City, London E20 1GL
Tel: 020 3405 2394
Japan Center Cash amp; Carry, Unit 15 – 18 Victoria Industrial Estate, Victoria Road, London W3 6UU
Tel: 020 3405 2388
Slap bang in the middle of London (Shaftesbury Avenue, Piccadilly), there’s not much you can’t get from Japan Centre (read our guide on where to buy sushi grade fish). However, true to its hard-to-get reputation, Unagi is only available in this one store.