East London Food & Culture

Yume Sushi

So you’ve never been to…Yume, Leytonstone High Road

Superior Japanese, Hawaiian and Asian cuisine on E11's southern tip

Where exactly is it? Yume is on the lower section of Leytonstone High Road that you might be less familiar with. Just south of Langthorne Park, near new cycle repair store Dancing Chain Bikes, it’s an olive’s hurl from indie wine merchants Dina. Three reasons alone, in fact, to pop down if you haven’t already.

So what goes on there? Varying delectable delights: sushi, sashimi, special rolls, uramaki, small plates, poké, bao buns and donburi. Phew.

What should I eat? We need to work our way through the menu, but are currently fixated on the salmon poké (main pic, above), served with avocado, edamame, seaweed, spring onion, tangy pineapple, sesame seeds, tobiko (glistening orange roe) and rice. And at £8.20 it feels well-priced compared to similar bowls in East London.

Yume Leytonstone
Simple pleasures: Yume dining room. Photo: SE

The interior? A simple, pared-back diner with wooden tables and floor, hanging fabrics and a colourful line of ceiling flags. Perch at the window counter to watch the street scene.


And what do I drink? We had tap water as we’re – quite naturally – the last of the big lunchtime spenders, but it’s fully licensed so you can get stuck into the eye-watering sakes if you wish.

What’s the service like? Swift and efficient. You’ll be in and out before you know it. You can obviously linger, too.

Would we return? Absolutely. It’s worth the amble from our side of the neighbourhood; file it alongside the equally recommended Bamboo Mat in Leyton Midland and Nasi Isda on Francis Road.

Yume, open daily (ex Tuesday) 293 High Road Leytonstone E11

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