All reader reviews by eedman2000
I was taken to Nobu for a business lunch and fancied a splashout with my girlfriend, but it was booked out - no surprise. I then spent an hour scouring this site for a decent Japanese restaurant. It seemed that everyone had reservations about every single Japanese restaurant in London.
Except this one. So I booked (one of the friendliest bookings I've ever made - a good start).
We were admitted by the chef into what looked like a mixture between a French brasserie and an Irish pub. Charming, but not what I had come to expect from 'sushi places'
On this site's recommendation, we ordered the nine-kind appetiser and then asked the waitress to recommend how much of each course we should order. All the staff were extremely attentive and friendly. Though the nine-kind appetizer looked and tasted great, I’d recommend going for starters you’d really like to try rather than pot luck. My girlfriend can be quite fussy and there were a couple of things on there which were too ‘scary’ for her.
The food was excellent and, I'm sure, highly authentic. The Japanese clientele has already been mentioned, showing it is a place for people who know their Japanese food, though those that don’t won’t feel lost or overwhelmed. The maki were without doubt the best I’ve ever had – including Nobu. Spicy salmon being the highlight Two downsides were the bean curd (tasteless, meant to be eaten with soy sauce, found it a bit pointless), though I believe this was a matter of my taste rather than poor cooking – and the scallops with garlic. These were so garlicky and served with mushrooms that it felt more fitting in a French restaurant and somewhat detracted from the experience for me. The baked aubergine and chargrilled duck skewers were fabulous.
All in all, I would gladly go back there. Nobu it is not. It feels like a local. Perfect for a romantic evening or a for a group of friends. For two people with cocktails, drinks, plenty of food, we came away for 70 quid. The price of two Nobu starters. Again, another review of Soho Japan without a ‘nice, but’…
Thursday, February 08, 2007
Food 8 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 9