A Japanese restaurant, sushi bar and grill that traverses territory less well-known in London, Hibagon’s offering is a sublime addition to the restaurant scene in Forest Hill and Sydenham. Serving traditional Japanese cuisine from traditionally appointed premises on Kirkdale, Hibagon is a standout eatery in the local area, and one for which reservations are a must. Dine in and indulge in ramen, Japanese curry, immaculately prepared bento boxes and supreme sushi.
The long and carefully considered menu at Hibagon Sushi & Grill begins with hot appetisers like traditional hirata buns, filled with barbecued pork, chicken or salmon, steamed and served with wasabi mayo. These little Japanese dumplings, along with a bowl of salted edamame and a delicate porcelain cup of sake (the Mio sparkling sake from Nada is the perfect aperitif) are the perfect prelude to a perfect bit of informal Japanese dining in this corner of southeast London. It’s Hibagon’s less-than-usual offering that makes its Forest Hill restaurant, best accessed from afar via Sydenham station, a popular destination.
Sample Japanese beers from famous breweries like Asahi, Kirin, or Sapporo, or go more refined with a choice from Hibagon Sushi & Grill’s extensive selection of premium Japanese whisky (Nikka, Yamakazi), Hakushika’s Gingo Nama sake or junmai sake from Nanbu Bijin. Shochu and umeshu (plum wine) are also perfect accompaniment to the feast to follow. Tempura and salmon tartare or a Japanese-style ceviche are other ways to wind up to the main event, while ramen, bento boxes, donburi and curry satisfy the lunchtime crowd. Finally, it’s Hibagon’s delectable selection of artisanal sushi and sashimi that has made the restaurant’s Kirkdale premises, on the border of London’s Forest Hill and Sydenham, such a hotspot for fans of Japanese cuisine.
Lovely food and helpful staff. Mix of sushi, sachimi and range of hot food. Spicy or not spicy, all covered. Good to have different choices available locally.
Excellent meal great service very reasonably priced and tasty food will go again great neighbourhood restaurant a real gem of a local you must go!
Very good value and good quality of sushi and sashimi! Interesting menu. Have been there a few times and the standard of the food is excellent!
Friendly, attentive staff and the sushi! Wow! Easily some of the best in London. And they do collection take away? We will definitely be back!
We visited Hibagon Sushi & Grill on a Friday night with two friends. The staff were welcoming and friendly and, although not full, there were enough customers there to create a good atmosphere. The food was tasty, however, the tempura and gyoza were served with just soy sauce – which made them a little bland. I am used to eating both of those with a plum sauce, and was therefore a bit disappointed. I followed the starter with a Salmon Don – which was lovely – and then finished the meal with a Mocha Ice Cream dessert. I have to say, I found the texture of the outer skin covering the ice cream a little strange. I also would have liked the option of coffee at the end, but was only able to have green tea. All in all, the four of us agreed that the restaurant was fine as a local but not brilliant enough to recommend as a special destination.
I've been here half a dozen times and the food, presentation and service is always excellent. Sushi is fresh and melt in you mouth. Hirata buns are yummy. Tried the Seabass bento box was delicious and gave you a taste of everything! I'm so glad it's a good neighbourhood restaurant as you can have a glass of wine at 161. One thing it falls down on is the atmosphere, which I think(?) could be an easy fix by cranking up the music, dimming the lights, candles, and probably screening of the back room until it's full as this would make it better dining experience. And as a result I think it would be busier. The food alone is worth a visit.
This is a regular haunt of mine and as always, the quality of the food was very good and the service was excellent. I would have given maximum points but there was a bit of "lack of diligence" in the kitchen and a piece of one meal dropped into another (which was a major issue as this was a piece of fish / meat dropped in a vegetarians meal). I consider this quite a serious issue as I happen to be an allergy sufferer and insist on very strict diligence in the kitchen as this type of error could have potentially disastrous consequences. Other than that, everything else was really good.
A great selection of food on Hibagon's menu. It is a fusion between the best bits of Wagamama and Yo Sushi. Excellent choice of Plum Wine and Sake and the Bento Boxes are by far and away the best value for money.
Fantastic authentic Japanese food and really friendly good service. Nice atmosphere and would recommend it to anyone. The only thing I would say is some of the decoration needs updating but that's a minor point.
Hibagon is a really nice local restaurant that offers lovely Japanese food with great value service. The restaurant also offers an excellent take out menu as well. A great asset for Sydenham.