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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

Birthday dinner at ROKA

Birthday dinner at ROKA


I was very pleased when my boyfriend Matt surprised me with dinner at ROKA for my birthday. Admittedly, I’d heavily hinted I’d like to go for a Japanese meal – but ROKA had been on my ‘to dine at’ list for ages and I hadn’t expected it! There are a few ROKA chains in London, … Continue reading

Kouzu I’m hungry!

Kouzu I’m hungry!


If you live in London and are one for great deals, you’d better sign up for Time Out’s mailing list. A few weeks ago, I got an alert for a great dinner deal at Kouzu, one of the Japanese restaurants that had been on my “to eat at” list for ages, so I bought two … Continue reading

Presentation and taste rule at Oliver Maki

Presentation and taste rule at Oliver Maki


When I hear there’s a new Japanese restaurant opening up near me, you can guarantee I’ll be heading over there sharpish. Oliver Maki – a family-owned business which has four branches in Kuwait and one in Bahrain – opened the doors of its first UK restaurant in London, Soho, earlier this week. With Louis Kenji … Continue reading

Umai Sushi Saturday at Sake no Hana

Umai Sushi Saturday at Sake no Hana


If you’re looking for top-of-the-range Japanese food in London, Sake no Hana near Green Park tube station won’t disappoint. For just £47 each (or £39 if you’re vegetarian) on a Saturday, you can enjoy a seven course lunch along with a bottle of champagne and cocktails. Given how the food is absolutely fantastic, that is definitely … Continue reading

Pop-up ramen at Monohon!

Pop-up ramen at Monohon!


Despite living in London for a few years now, I’ve not gone to that many ‘pop up’ restaurants. Then I came across Monohon Ramen, a new pop-up ramen joint. This recent venture is the brain child of Ian Wheatley, who lived in Osaka in the late 90s and fell in love with the concept of … Continue reading

Japanese birthday dinner at Hare & Tortoise

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. … Continue reading

Following the trends at Shackfuyu

Following the trends at Shackfuyu


If you thought Japanese food in England was starting to taste a bit ‘samey’ (not that I’ll ever get bored of sushi, donburi etc), head over to Shackfuyu in Soho in London as soon as you can! This pop-up restaurant is the latest venture by the Bone Daddies group and is open until next winter and will … Continue reading