Tagged with Japanese food

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

Reading ‘Japan – Culture Smart!’

Reading ‘Japan – Culture Smart!’


It won’t come as a shock to anyone reading this blog that Japanese culture is very different to British – or western – culture. The importance of bowing, the unspoken rules of gift giving, the importance of religious observation for even the coolest of teenagers, the attitude towards women in the workplace and private life… … Continue reading

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


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

England’s secret wasabi farms

England’s secret wasabi farms


A while ago I came across a documentary on BBC Four called “Chef vs Science”, which explored the science behind food and how we taste it – and explored whether pure science could create perfect taste. Part of the programme saw the presenter go to Europe’s only wasabi farm (in a secret location!) It probably won’t … 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

Japanese-style Valentine’s dinner!


Happy Valentine’s Day (or Singles Awareness Day)! Whether or not you celebrated this weekend with your S.O, on an awkward date, or watching Deadpool at the cinema, there’s always a good excuse for a three-course Japanese meal. As I did last year (because I’m predictable) I cooked for my boyfriend – and decided to go Japanese … Continue reading

Cooking with Kirin: Chicken katsu curry


I was lucky enough to receive two crates of Kirin Ichiban beer from Wells Brewery recently – and rather than just drink myself silly (because how can I blog about that?) I wondered what we could eat with it. So, here’s my first Japanese cooking video in a long time – chicken katsu curry!  (Sorry about … Continue reading

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