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

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 / Japanese Noodles / Sushi/Sashimi

Ittenbari review – ramen revelation or revulsion?

Ra-ra-ramen-ra In London’s increasingly crowded restaurant scene, new eateries often need a hook or some unique selling point to pull in the punters. For restaurants drawing on the rich culinary heritage of a foreign country, one easy hook is a dish or regional cuisine underrepresented in the UK. Ittenbari is a new Japanese restaurant specialising … Continue reading

★★★☆☆ / Japanese / Sushi/Sashimi

Satsuma review – currying favour

Stylish surroundings, but is the food any good? Satsuma used to be a by-the-numbers Japanese restaurant that could be depended upon for a tasty bowl of udon noodles but little more. The Soho eatery has now been remodelled and reopened as self-touted katsu curry specialists (long-time Londoners will probably remember the dim sum restaurant that … Continue reading