Eat Tokyo

18 Hillgate Street, Notting Hill, London, W8 7SR - View on a map
Telephone: 0207 792 9313

Overall 9.5
Food 10.0
Service 9.0
Atmosphere 9.0
Value 10.0
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One of the best authenticate restaurants in London. If you want to get very high quality sushi for a reasonable price, this is the place. Prebooking is recommended.
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Alexey Ch
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 10
Tuesday, April 08, 2014

I have been frequenting what I call 'value for money' Japanese restaurants in London since we moved down to London in 2001; I would say to date I found four restaurants meet this criteria - Kulu Kulu, Ten Ten Tei, Kintaro and Misato. Of these four Kintaro is the lowest rank but the food is still acceptable, and I am sad to say the Eat Tokyo restaurant we went tonight at Holborn is below the standards set at Kintaro. I am not one that whinge about queue waiting or pesky services but I will comment on the quality of the food, against the mentioned four restaurants and the Japanese restaurants we ate in HK and Malaysia when we go back home.

We ordered a Katsu Bento, Tokyo Ramen and Unagi Rice. The Bento's rice was not from good quality Japanese stock, it was not even flavoured with mirin and vinegar which is the essence of any Japanese rice. The agedashi tofu that came with the Bento was not of good quality silky tofu but the normal Chinese water tofu, which gives a lousy tofu-ish flavour and rough texture when you bite. The Unagi Rice has no oomph, again the rice was not flavoured and it's a simple case of cutting half of a pre-cooked eel and toss it with bottled sweet mirin soy sauce on the top. The worst culprit was the Ramen. The menu picture shows it with bean sprout but there was none on the actual bowl; the soy stock was salty like hell and I had to add plain water to dilute before consuming. The final straw to the demise of the ramen was the bamboo shoot that came with it; the chef obviously forgot (or do not know) that bamboo shoot needs proper cleaning and cooking because even in tins it comes with a bad smell. In our ramen's case the chef clearly just dumped the bamboo shoot straight from the can into the ramen soup without washing or cooking, hence our ramen soup did smell bad, even my 5 year old daughter avoided it although she is a keen noodle soups enthusiast.

I admit we only asked for the cheaper range food from the menu, but this does not mean it should be treated like 3rd class food. Maybe the sashimi will deliver but I won't be betting any more of my money on Eat Tokyo - now back to Kintaro, Misato, Kulu Kulu and Ten Ten Tei!
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seng lim
Overall rating 4 stars
Food 2 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 3
Saturday, October 26, 2013

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