Raising the steaks: The Bulgari of butchers

Celebrity packed opening parties, sausage-shaped door handles and a lovingly restored £14,000 flywheel slicer... Australia's Victor Churchill is the Bulgari of butchers. Terry Durack talks to the father and son team putting heart and soul into nose-to-tail dining

Jane Merrick: Sushi off the menu at Westminster

Gosh, it's not a very good week for the Westminster lunch. Yesterday David Cameron threatened to end cheapo meals in the Palace of Westminster, which has made some MPs and their low-paid researchers unhappy

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Sushi may be the ultimate in sophisticated grab-and-go lunches, but making your own nigiri is surprisingly simple. Alice-Azania Jarvis develops her raw talent

DVD: The Ramen Girl (15)

This American-Japanese Brittany Murphy vehicle will almost certainly be of little interest to anyone apart from those either obsessed by Japanese cuisine.

Sushi and Beyond, By Michael Booth

How the shiitake struck the fan in Japan

Martin Hickman: Mitshubishi - Selling bluefin will save it

Debate is swirling over the endangered bluefin. Nobu, the Japanese restaurant chain, has angered its celebrity customers by keeping it on the menu.

It's perfect for sushi and cocktails, but does the King's Road's new Japanese-Brazilian deliver a raw deal on meals?

Sushinho, 312-314 King's Road, London SW3, tel: 020 7349 7496

First Night: Shun-kin, Barbican Theatre, London

Stealthy charm is not enough to save cruel love tale

Alan Yau has opened a cut-price Chinese in Soho. But you should see his brother Gary's place round the corner...

Aaya, 66-70 Brewer Street, London W1, tel: 020 7319 3888

So had my sushi spent four hours on the conveyor belt?

Sushi is good for you, and eating it makes you hip and healthy: the subliminal message behind the rash of new Japanese food joints all over Britain is hard to miss – and it goes a long way to explaining how, in the space of just a few years, cutely presented raw fish has become one of the country's favourite fast-food snacks.

Roll play: learning how to make sushi

Pizza and pasta always go down well with children. But getting the little darlings to eat raw fish and seaweed could prove a lot trickier. Tracey MacLeod and her son roll up their sleeves and learn how to make sushi at a top Japanese restaurant

Japanese restaurant rated London's best

Eating sushi and sashimi at midday is now as common as having a lunchtime sandwich. But until recently it was rare to find many outlets for truly upmarket Japanese cuisine.

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