© Kevin Nicholson
Time Out rating:
Time Out says
Thu Jul 19 2012
Don’t be misled by the modern interior: Chisou is pleasingly old-school, providing oshibori (hot flannels) and complimentary zensai (appetisers) before orders arrive on assorted chunky, artistic crockery.
The extensive menu merits exploration, so allow time to consider lesser-spotted dishes such as ankimo ponzu (monkfish liver with citrus dressing) or inaniwa udon (a thin version of the slippery white noodles, served hot or cold). A la carte sushi at £2.50-£6 per piece may ring alarm bells if you’re on a tight budget. Among the chef’s recommendations, aubergine filled with minced chicken made a refreshing change from the usual miso treatment (nasu dengaku). Chicken and veg gyoza looked over-fried yet were well shaped and held an excellent filling. Puddings are classic too. This is the place to tell your daifuku (rice-flour cakes) from your dorayaki (red-bean pancake, including green tea mascarpone-filled).
In the drinks department, Chisou is serious about saké: there’s a double-page spread in the menu on the brewing process and categorisation. Staff, a cosmopolitan mix not unlike the clientele, sometimes seem uncomprehending, and there have been complaints of prompt service crossing over into premature plate-clearing, but we’ve yet to experience this.
Chisou 4 Princes Street
020 7629 3931
- Opening hours:
Lunch served noon-2.30pm, dinner served 6-10.15pm Mon-Sat. Meals served 1-9.30pm Sun
Tube: Oxford Circus tube
Main courses £12-£25. Set lunch £14.50-£20.50
- 4 Princes Street
- 020 7629 3931
- 4 Princes Street
Eating and drinking facilities. Restaurant. Restaurant and bar facilities. Take away. Reservations required. General facilities. Private rooms. Outdoor facilities. Tables outdoors
Business. Eating out. Creative cooking
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