Miyajima, the name of the island in the inland sea of Japan which houses the famed Itsukushima shrine, is also the name for a similarly-magical Japanese restaurant in Lavender Hill, London. In the trendy Clapham district, frequented of socialites and celebrities alike, lies the restaurant. The red and black walls of Miyajima, complemented by a glowing image of the Itsukushima shrine ensure that the restaurant is difficult to miss.

The interior of the restaurant is just as striking – vivid red walls and tablecloths mix with dark wood furniture, creating a distinctly Japanese effect, while low lighting creates a cozy and intimate atmosphere.

Fans of Sushi are sure to be impressed with the choice and quality of Miyajima’s menu, as are the noodle-lovers among you. Particularly good is the restaurant’s specialty – Yakitori Don; perfectly prepared chicken skewers with a perfect, almost Taoist balance between sweet and barbeque flavors. Vegetarians will also find much to sate their appetite, with all the traditional tofu dishes readily available, alongside perfectly-fluffy white rice.

While the wines list isn’t massive, the fresh strawberry and kiwi juice, or Japanese tea make up for it. If you can’t imagine a romantic night without wine, however, Miyajima has some excellent House wine for a mere 11.90 a bottle.

High-standard food in a relaxed environment, Miyajima is the place to go if you want to treat your escort to a taste of the Country of the Rising Sun.

196 Lavender Hill, London, SW11 1JA
(020) 7223 1144