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Cocktails underground at Machi-ya!

Cocktails underground at Machi-ya!


Did you know there’s a place in London where you can drink Jigglypuff and #ppap cocktails? If you’re intrigued, have a lurk in Machi-ya‘s new underground bar! I’m a big fan of cocktails – they’re elegant, tasty and often crazily presented. The only thing that could make me like them more is by giving them … Continue reading

Sosharu – the best afternoon tea in London!

Sosharu – the best afternoon tea in London!


Afternoon tea doesn’t have to be all finger sandwiches and Earl Grey tea. Sosharu, an izakaya-style restaurant in Farringdon takes it to another level by giving it a distinctly Japanese twist. I’d been looking for an excuse to visit Sosharu for ages and was finally able to last week when I took my mum there … Continue reading

Dinner at Sapporo Teppanyaki Manchester

Dinner at Sapporo Teppanyaki Manchester


I don’t get to visit Manchester as often as I like but, when I do, I like to scout out their Japanese restaurants. My restaurant reviews are overdue some northern representation, despite me growing up there, so here are my thoughts on Sapporo Teppanyaki in Manchester! Sapporo Teppanyaki is a teppanyaki restaurant with branches in … Continue reading

Machiya launches in Soho

Machiya launches in Soho


Good news – the team behind the popular Kanada-ya ramen restaurants have opened a new venue in London’s Soho – Machiya. Machiya is named after the townhouses that once typified the streets of Kyoto. It serves a range of izakaya, yoshoku and washoku dishes, so will suit all tastes, whether you’re stopping by for a … Continue reading

Nanban one in Brixton!

Nanban one in Brixton!


My new favourite haunt in Brixton is Nanban, the Japanese ‘soul food’ restaurant from MasterChef winner Tim Anderson. There’s no shortage of great places to discover in this part of London but Nanban will suit all tastes – whether you’re on your way to a concert or a quieter night at the Ritzy cinema. I’ve … Continue reading

Bone Daddies comes to James Street

Bone Daddies comes to James Street


Bone Daddies is slowly taking over London and now has 7 branches dotted around London. It shows no signs of slowing down and each of its restaurants offer something different in terms of atmosphere and menu choices, so the formula doesn’t risk getting old any time soon. In fact, when I went to their soft … Continue reading

Dining out at Kiri!

Dining out at Kiri!


One of the things I particularly like about London’s Japanese restaurant scene is that, despite how many places I’ve dined at, it doesn’t feel like I’ve tried everything. Yes, sashimi and sushi may be everywhere but it’s easy to stumble across a restaurant where the food’s been marinated in a special sauce or served in … Continue reading

Sophie’s London ramen round-up

Sophie’s London ramen round-up


Winter is here (even if it’s unseasonably mild), which means it’s perfect ramen weather. London’s exploded with ramen joints in the last few years and chances are you’ll have eaten it at least once if you’ve visited (and more if you live there). For those who don’t know, ramen is a Japanese dish consisting of … Continue reading

Japanese tapas at Kurobuta

Japanese tapas at Kurobuta


If you’re looking for somewhere fun where you can share tasty food with friends (tapas style) and are partial to live music, I highly recommend Kurobuta. This restaurant, with branches in Chelsea and Marble Arch in London, takes inspiration from the iconic Japanese izakaya – small plates, booze and a casual setting. I stumbled across a very good … Continue reading

Tombo pops up in Liberty!

Tombo pops up in Liberty!


Tombo, the Japanese cafe and matcha (green tea) bar, has a lovely pop-up store in Liberty in London – so get your skates on before 1st July! It opened just last weekend and, predictably, I went to sample the produce as soon as possible. My friend Oana and I ate as much as our stomachs … Continue reading