The best and worst Taiwanese buns in London – Flesh and Buns vs the rest reviewed
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The best and worst Taiwanese buns in London – Flesh and Buns vs the rest reviewed

Hirata buns or gua bao – by any other name they would be as sweet Updated 8/11/13 – removed incorrect information about the term ‘hirata buns’, added new background Updated 11/3/14 – fixed broken Table of Contents When a new dish or cuisine is introduced to the UK, it’s inevitably given an analogous description that’s … Continue reading

Inamo St James review – computer-controlled Piccadilly Japanese
★★★☆☆ / Japanese / Pan-Asian / Sushi/Sashimi

Inamo St James review – computer-controlled Piccadilly Japanese

High-tech but low brow food? London’s restaurant scene is very crowded to say the least, so newcomers often need a gimmick just to get noticed. Inamo’s trick is that instead of ordering via a human waiter, you order using a computer with the screen beamed onto your table from a projector sitting above each table. … Continue reading

Kirazu review – Soho ramen gets back to basics
★★★★☆ / Japanese / Japanese Noodles

Kirazu review – Soho ramen gets back to basics

Sometimes smaller really is better Compared to the barren dessert of a year ago, London’s Soho is now awash with dedicated ramen restaurants – namely Ittenbari, Tonkotsu, Bone Daddies and Shoryu. The latest is Kirazu, a very small restaurant on the former site of a Lebanese cafe. Small is the key word in every sense – … Continue reading

Moe Yakiniku review – backstreet meat on heat in Taipei
★★★★☆ / Japanese

Moe Yakiniku review – backstreet meat on heat in Taipei

This review of a Taiwan restaurant is a break from The Picky Glutton’s usual London-based coverage Sometimes the best restaurants are the ones you stumble across completely by accident. I hadn’t originally intended to visit Moe Yakiniku, a small Japanese barbecue restaurant in one of central Taipei’s backstreets, but stumbled across it after finding that … Continue reading

Wabi review – car wreck shudders into Holborn from Horsham
★★☆☆☆ / Japanese / Sushi/Sashimi

Wabi review – car wreck shudders into Holborn from Horsham

All that glitters is not gold. Update June 2013 – this restaurant has now closed. There’s no shortage of expensive Japanese restaurants in London and Wabi is one of the latest. This offshoot of the Horsham original is located on the eastern side of Kingsway next to a branch of Pitcher and Piano – don’t … Continue reading

Bone Daddies vs Tonkotsu vs Shoryu review – which is the best ramen in London?
★★★★☆ / ★★☆☆☆ / Japanese / Japanese Noodles

Bone Daddies vs Tonkotsu vs Shoryu review – which is the best ramen in London?

Ramen-ya or Ramen nah? Update 20/10/14 – for the latest tonkotsu ramen coverage check out my group test Ramen restaurants are like buses – you wait ages for one, then three come along all at once. I’ve visited Tonkotsu before, but that little Soho gem has now been joined by Bone Daddies and Shoryu and … Continue reading

Dinings review – perfect Paddington Japanese
★★★★★ / Japanese / Sushi/Sashimi

Dinings review – perfect Paddington Japanese

Because you’re worth it I’ve been to more than my fair share of Japanese restaurants in London, but none of them can hold a candle to the oddly-named Dinings. This Paddington stalwart is highly regarded and for very good reason. Despite its vaunted reputation Dinings’ premises are surprisingly spartan and cramped with a sushi bar … Continue reading

★★★☆☆ / Japanese / Japanese Noodles / Sushi/Sashimi

Toku review – the Japan Centre’s awkward middle child restaurant

Piccadilly Japanese is just going through the motions There’s a curious glut of Japanese restaurants on Lower Regent Street, a short walk away from Piccadilly Circus. If you have a lot of money, the hilariously small branch of Japanese department store chain Mitsukoshi has its own high-priced restaurant. If you’re on a budget, then the … Continue reading

★★★★☆ / ★☆☆☆☆ / Japanese / Sushi/Sashimi

Yoobi vs Ten Ten Tei review – hand-to-hand sushi combat

Just roll with it For most people sushi either means nigiri or maki rolls, but there’s another type – temaki sushi. Here, a large sheet of nori seaweed is wrapped into a cone and then filled with fish, rice and other ingredients. Although the Lensman isn’t a fan of temaki sushi, I’ll happily gobble up … Continue reading

★★★★☆ / Japanese Noodles

Tonkotsu review – proper ramen comes to Soho

Noodle kaboodle Thanks to the instant noodle convenience food that shares its name, ramen isn’t the most glamorous of dishes, but it can be surprisingly difficult to get right. The imaginatively named Tonkotsu on Dean Street is a new restaurant that eschews sushi and katsu curries, concentrating solely on this underappreciated noodle soup dish. Tonkotsu … Continue reading