A grubby awning still says ‘Truva Turkish brasserie’. Pink, upholstered, high-backed chairs and sizeable round tables speak of a possible former life as a Chinese restaurant. But the book-length menu is unequivocally Japanese, offering countless permutations of the standards interspersed with many a full-colour snapshot. Sushi/sashimi sets range from five slices of salmon for £7 to a wooden boatload of assorted nigiri and maki just under the £20 mark. We’ve had some disappointments – dull agedashidofu, mushy gyoza filling – but we are invariably consoled by decent noodles, good fish and a kind bill. The low prices, along with no-frills choices (such as ultra-plain, topping-free udon in broth) and helpful photos on the menu, also make this a child-friendly place to have lunch. Hesitant but accommodating staff help too. However, anyone with a baby, be warned: there’s only one high chair for the entire restaurant. In recompense, the wall-hung monitor that screens CGI seasonal leaves and blossoms (together with insipid relaxation music) might usefully be employed to mesmerise toddlers.
|Venue name:||Eat Tokyo||Contact:|
14 North End Road
|Opening hours:||Lunch served 11.30am-3pm, dinner served 5.30-11pm daily.|
|Transport:||Tube: Golders Green tube|
|Price:||Main courses £2.50-£10 lunch; £7-£18 dinner. Set lunch £4.80-£13. Set dinner £7-£25.|
Average User Rating
2.4 / 5
- 5 star:1
- 4 star:3
- 3 star:2
- 2 star:1
- 1 star:6
Unfriendly service, terrible décor and the chance of a long queue - but the sushi itself is excellent, fresh and cheap - more details and menu recommendations here: http://hyhoi.com/2014/05/eat-tokyo-sushi-trafalgar-square/
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I am a Japanese speaker and had to observe today how the head sushi chef at Eat Tokyo Holborn made fun of his costumers in Japanese, not thinking that anyone would understand him. The worst part was when he licked his hands and then prepared the fish for one of the customers he made fun off. He told his staff colleagues, who laughed and then happily watch his customer eat the fish he before prepared with his spit covered hands! I will never go there again!!!
We dined at Eat Tokyo a few times as I live around the area and the service each time has been so bad that I feel compelled to write this review. Of the times I have dined at EatTokyo, yesterday's experience was the absolute disappointment and we will not be returning. We rang to book a table for 2 to be told that there will be a half hour wait but when we turned up before the time booked we found that there was at least 3 tables unoccupied. We were then waved to sit in a corner table. No one offered a menu for 10mins and when we asked for menus, the waiter simply chucked it on the table without even looking at us. In fact, throughout the meal, we hardly caught any member of staff smiling - they were absolutely miserable. To be fair, the food is of an adequate standard and the price is reasonable particularly for the area. Unfortunately, it is hardly inviting to be dining in a restaurant when the staff look like they really didn't want to be there. I often dine in Japanese restaurants all around London and they have the reputation of giving excellent customer service. EatTokyo in Golders Green has sadly failed to meet this standard
I have been frequenting what I call 'value for money' Japanese restaurants in London since we moved down to London in 2001; I would say to date I found four restaurants meet this criteria - Kulu Kulu, Ten Ten Tei, Kintaro and Misato. Of these four Kintaro is the lowest rank but the food is still acceptable, and I am sad to say the Eat Tokyo restaurant we went tonight at Holborn is below the standards set at Kintaro. I am not one that whinge about queue waiting or pesky services but I will comment on the quality of the food, against the mentioned four restaurants and the Japanese restaurants we ate in HK and Malaysia when we go back home. We ordered a Katsu Bento, Tokyo Ramen and Unagi Rice. The Bento's rice was not from good quality Japanese stock, it was not even flavoured with mirin and vinegar which is the essence of any Japanese rice. The agedashi tofu that came with the Bento was not of good quality silky tofu but the normal Chinese water tofu, which gives a lousy tofu-ish flavour and rough texture when you bite. The Unagi Rice has no oomph, again the rice was not flavoured and it's a simple case of cutting half of a pre-cooked eel and toss it with bottled sweet mirin soy sauce on the top. The worst culprit was the Ramen. The menu picture shows it with bean sprout but there was none on the actual bowl; the soy stock was salty like hell and I had to add plain water to dilute before consuming. The final straw to the demise of the ramen was the bamboo shoot that came with it; the chef obviously forgot (or do not know) that bamboo shoot needs proper cleaning and cooking because even in tins it comes with an overnight piss smell. In our ramen's case the chef clearly just dumped the bamboo shoot straight from the can into the ramen soup without washing or cooking, hence our ramen soup did smell like overnight piss, even my 5 year old daughter avoided it although she is a keen noodle soups enthusiast. I admit we only asked for the cheaper range food from the menu, but this does not mean it should be treated like 3rd class food. Maybe the sashimi will deliver but I won't be betting any more of my money on Eat Tokyo - now back to Kintaro, Misato, Kulu Kulu and Ten Ten Tei!
As a Japanese citizen freshly arrived to London from Tokyo in a couple months ago, I am very happy that I found this restaurant in London which is even better than many of the Japanese restaurants in Tokyo.It seems they also owns 7 successful restaurants in Tokyo too. The decoration and the service there were not as good as I expected but the price and quality were the same as what we eat in Tokyo. Everything was so delicious and big volume. I had Chiken teriyaki, that was sooo yammy!!! And the tempra was so skillfully made! Everytime I go to Japanese restaurant, I always check the quality of Tempra so that I can know the skill level of the chef (good tempra is the most difficult one to make good). And I think this restaurant has really a good chef as Tempra was so beaufully made.That was one of the best tempra in my life. I also had Squid fries and Agedashi Tofu (fried tofu), and both were also so delicious. I am so happy and I am sure I will go there to eat at least once a week with my husband and/or with friends :)
I eat at this restaurant on a regular basis and contrary to one or two of the comments found here, the service is warm and friendly especially from the head waitress Pauline. The food is excellent and very reasonably priced, most days its very busy!! I would highly recommend.
Had a extravagant and tasty late dinner here including miso, sushi, dumplings and bento boxes. delicious tofu. came to £28 for two!
The food can be good at times and is reasonably priced. I used to be a regular customer, however i have had several bad experiences at this particular branch and go there very rarely these days. The manager is terrible and not interested in helping when problems or mistakes had happened. I would recommend visiting at lunch hours or weekdays for the best experience. Friday/weekends are too busy and if there is any problems. Tough Luck
Really loved it here. Cosy and really good value sushi rolls. Prefer it to Cafe Japan around the corner.
Just love it! Amazingly good and authentic food At very resonable prices. Friendly staff. Decor is not what you go there for however.