All reader reviews by CJK

Chisou (Mayfair)

Finding good Japanese food in London is something of a personal quest. I've tried the good, the bad and the ugly. I'm happy to say that my experiences at Chisou have always been very good. I think of it as a hidden gem and find myself going back time and time again.

It offers some of the more authentic and unusual items without the pomp of places like Nobu. Highlights are the grilled salmon belly, a beautifully arranged spinach salad with addictive yuzu dresssing, pork belly yakitori and the chawanmushi (which can be hard to find). The specials menu is fun to explore and they have a good selection of sake.

Make sure you ask the waitress for the chef's recommendations for sushi, so that you get the best fish in that day and enjoy!

Thursday, March 22, 2007
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 9


The Fox Public House

I've been to the Fox several times and have always been throughly delighted with the experience. On a chilly evening it is the perfect place- lovely fire, dark atmospheric room, candles. It's like stepping out of Shoreditch hell into a gastronomic haven. Extremely cosy. Imagine the sort of fare served at the St John eateries, albeit a smaller selection, but without the stark surroundings.

The set menu is brilliant value and the portions so plentiful that I don't mind my fellow diners stealing food off my plate. I've usually paid £20 for two courses with wine. Excellent ingredients, well cooked and presented for people with decent appetites.

There's a great long table in the middle of the room so that you can indulge the feeling that you've been invited in an eighteenth century feast.

With other gastro pubs getting increasingly expensive and fussy with their food, the Fox they deserves every award going if you ask me. And you can book which makes it a safer and calmer bet than sibling restuarant, the Eagle.

Thursday, March 02, 2006
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 9


Soho Japan

We decided to check out this restaurant after having stumbled across it on this site. (Given the seriously tucked away location you're unlikely to stroll past by chance).

Overall I agree that is a good find. The atmosphere and decor are a bit quirky since it used to be a pub but the food was reasonably priced and authentic.

They serve possibly the best miso soup I've had in London - even my boyfriend agreed and he's not a miso soup fan - which is a good test, it is delicately flavoured with bonito and not too salty. The tuna sashmi was excellent quality and nicely cut. We also ate crisp spiced chicken wings, squid and a generous portion of sesame spinach. The salt-grilled salmon was ever so slightly overdone so maybe ask for it on the rare side?

We drank a fair bit of sake and bill came to about £50 for two which certainly seemed fair.

I think we'll go back even though our loyalty still lies with another Japanese restaurant (which I'm afraid I'm not allowed to disclose).

Thursday, March 02, 2006
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 3 | Value for money 8


Gonbei

It is a sad day. Gonbei has closed - so don't go there as I did and stand outside hoping it's not true.

Friday, February 24, 2006
Overall rating 0 stars
Food 0 | Service 0 | Atmosphere 0 | Value for money 0


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