A far cry from the moody monochrome aesthetics of central London Japanese restaurants, this airy neighbourhood eaterie has the feel of a friendly café – hence the name. Ceilings are high, walls are cream and specials are displayed on posters with cartoon-like drawings: fried gyoza dumplings with smiley faces, perhaps. It’s an easy place for kicking back with friends and enjoying a simple meal.
The menu is tailored to novices as well as more seasoned Japanese food fans. Inside-out rolls filled with deep-fried tuna, salmon or yellowtail in a mildly spicy mayo are popular with kids, or anyone uncomfortable with raw fish – Café Japan proudly claims to have invented these rolls. Skewers of smoky chicken teriyaki also seemed tailored to the western palate, with more sugar than usual in the slightly gloopy sauce. Less common dishes on the list of grills include sardine-like capelin, and salmon jaw.
If you’re after value, the set meals are worth a look: there’s tempura-don with miso soup, pickles and a side dish for £14, plus sushi or sashimi and tempura combos for £18.
|Venue name:||Café Japan||Contact:|
626 Finchley Road
|Opening hours:||Lunch served noon-2pm Tue-Fri; noon-2.30pm Sat, Sun. Dinner served 6-10pm Tue-Sat; 6-9.30pm Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: Golders Green tube or bus 13, 82|
|Price:||Main courses £9-£23. Set lunch £8.50-£15.50. Set dinner £14-£22|
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Average User Rating
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i find this place really good ,been 3 times and i rate this higher than say dinnings in w1 .its also very cheap. monkfish liver at 5.50 was fab and a steal ,black cod sashimi 18 quid for 6 bits also top quality . i lived in japan for 5 years and yes ive had better food ,but i have had a lot worse and your first reviwer is wrong i think. give it a go
As a Japanese citizen, I found the food tonight was not as good as a bad road side cafe in Japan. Edamame was wonderful, fish in sushi was ok but sushi rice was soggy. Tempra batter was sick and greasy like eating BAD fish and chips. The meal was over priced for the quality. If you want authentic japanese food, try Eat Tokyo around the corner.
Just had dinner at cafe Japan golders green. My standards for Japanese food are fairly high. This was a major disappointment. Paid £62 for dinner for 2. Tempera was soggy, sushi rolls were very overpriced and the soft shell crab roll was badly put together of the 4 pieces only 2 actually had any crab in it. Signature rolls were disappointing. Won't be going to this place again!