Where: Holborn (Other branches – Soho, Covent Garden)
Good For: Everything Japanese!!!
First three words which comes to mind: OMG that sashimi!
The boyfriend loves Japanese food (I’m a fan too, but not as much as he is), so when he first took me here, let’s say he won my heart (and my stomach)! It is now our go-to Japanese restaurant, and we regularly come here to try out everything (literally everything) on the menu.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve tried lots of other Japanese places before in London, but nothing seems to compare quality-wise or food-size wise to this restaurant, which is why we find ourselves returning for more!
The outstanding quality of the seafood, especially sashimi (raw fish), is something to be praised, and the restaurant does not sacrifice it’s portion size too – so it is ideal to bring a hungry eater (i.e. the boyfriend, a.k.a. the one who finishes up all your left-overs, a.k.a. the one who always complains about not being full enough) here and leave with a full stomach without burning a hole in your pockets!
There is also a large variety on the menu, ranging from a selection of sashimi, sushi rolls and handrolls if you fancy raw fish, to ramen, udon or soba if you prefer noodles. Needless to say, there are pages and pages of other hot food on the menu, but the one I would like to recommend is the bento boxes.
These bento boxes are decent size meals, and come with a portion of meat, tofu, 2 small pieces of sushi, salad and a serving of rice. Additionally, they offer a small bowl of miso soup to accompany these bento boxes (bonus!) I have tried the teriyaki salmon and pork katsu bento boxes (loved them!!!) but still have the unagi (eel) and tempura bento boxes on my list to try! So next time you can’t make up your mind and want to try everything, the bento boxes might be a good choice to satisfy all those cravings!
Another thing worth mentioning is that they also serve some Japanese street food / snacks which are perfect to be ordered as sides. Our top pick would be the agedashi tofu, which is a crispy fried tofu served in tsuyu sauce, garnished with shredded seaweed. We love tofu, so instantly fell in love with this tofu dish served hot!
Another one of my absolute favourite is takoyaki, which are diced octopus balls covered with flour batter, topped with sweet takoyaki sauce and mayonnaise and sprinkled with dried bonito flakes. It’s quite hard to explain how good these bad-boys are, so if you’ve never tried takoyaki before, I would recommend getting a portion of these next time you visit Eat Tokyo.
Cost of meal:
A meal here can range from £15 per person up to £30-40 per person (or more!) depending on what you order. For example, if you are on a tight budget, you can order a Donburi (rice dish) or a bowl of noodles (udon/ramen/soba) and this will set you back by only £10-15. Bento boxes range from £10-£20 depending on the meat you choose. However, if you feel like eating some good quality sashimi, there are sashimi boats which can easily cost you £25 upwards. I guess the old saying “you get what you pay for” is true in this instance.
Verdict: The most authentic Japanese food I have tried here in London. Would go back in a heartbeat!
To note: The restaurant can get very busy at peak lunch/dinner time so be sure to go there early or be prepared to wait in queue for a table! I’ve seen people wait an hour or longer for a table. Otherwise, try booking in advance. I know the Holborn branch takes reservations, even for Friday or Saturday nights (we always make a reservation before we go). I would try to avoid the Soho branch as I always see a huge line of people waiting every time I wander past.
Know any good food places to recommend? Let me know in a comment – I can’t wait to try!