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I'm a little surprised that the question presumes that there is a correct way of eating sushi.

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I TAKE the business of restaurant seating very seriously. So, it seems, do other people - I've just read a paper from Fukuoka University in Japan on the science of it all. I'm a fan of "side-by-side", but because I'm left-handed and she's right- handed, Neris prefers "face-to-face". She says "side-by-side" means too many elbows, so she was delighted that a "face-to-face" table was available when we booked at Cocoon in London's West End.

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JAPAN ON A PLATE

Gonbei

Zuma, London

Despite competition from chef-proprietor Rainer Becker's own new Charlotte Street venture, Roka, which received mixed reviews in the press, another recently-opened upscale Japanese restaurant, Umu - ditto - and, of course, good old Nobu, now passé, Zuma is still where it's at as far as stylish, glamorous modern Japanese dining is concerned.

Halloumi & herb triangles

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