Japanese birthday dinner at Hare & Tortoise


To give you an idea of how overdue this restaurant review is, I went to the Hare &Tortoise‘s Blackfrairs branch back in March for a birthday dinner with friends. Being me, I obviously wanted to go out for some delicious and affordable Japanese food in central London, and after some searching came across Hare &Tortoise.

When you’re out with a large group of friends, taste and price are equally important. Hare &Tortoise has a vast range of the usual Japanese dishes – ramen starting from £7, tempura for £5, and sushi boxes from £8 – and as I was out with a few friends, I forced everyone to take photos of their meals for the blog! I sometimes wonder how tolerable I am when eating at Japanese restaurants. ‘Wait, don’t touch anything until I’ve got a photo!’

The branch we went into had a seasonal as well as a main menu, from which we selected several portions of okonomiyaki on sticks. As we had this dinner shortly before I went to Japan (this review really is late, oops) it got me in the mood for Osaka. We also had some sake and fantastic vegetable tempura for the table.

For the main, I went for some unagi don (rice bowl with eel) which was wonderfully marinated and very fresh, and my friends went for white miso ramen, chicken katsu curry don and chicken teriyaki don. Whatever your taste, there’s plenty to choose from the menu. I was the only person to get dessert (as usual) and predictably went with ice cream mochi, which was a sweet way to round off a great meal with friends.

Hare & Tortoise has six branches in London: Blackfriars, Bloomsbury, Kensington, Putney, Ealing and Chiswick, so if you’re in the capital for the day (or live there) you won’t be too far from one. I recommend it if you want to get your money’s worth and fill your belly up with some very delicious Japanese food.

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