Itto

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North East London

The pair of oriental beckoning cats on a shelf, who greet customers with a smile and a wave, are one of the few giveaways as to this local eaterie’s cuisine. You certainly wouldn’t pick it from the otherwise nondescript and coldly modern interior – wooden floor, plain walls, bare wooden tables. Still, the sweet and friendly service warms the place up. The overly long menu trips across Japan, Thailand, China and Vietnam, picking up mostly obvious choices along the way. It’s ideal if, say, you fancy a Thai and your partner has a yen for Japanese. The chilli squid was decent enough, but the batter was too thick for such a delicate meat. Vietnamese peanut salad was much better: sweet and sour and crunchy. Skewers of yakitori chicken were full of tare (Japanese barbecue sauce) flavour. Main courses of soup noodles would easily have been enough for us: the chicken pho was intense and smooth, and the bowl of spring duck and roast pork noodle soup (real comfort food, with moist meat and flavoursome stock) defeated us. Disappointingly, given the reasonable price of

the menu as a whole, the portion of edamame

was rather small for its hefty £3.50 price tag.

Venue name: Itto
Contact:
Address: 226 Stoke Newington High Street
London
N16 7HU
Opening hours: Meals served noon-11pm daily.
Transport: Tube: Stoke Newington rail/67, 73, 76, 149, 243 bus
Price: Main courses £4.20-£6.20.

Average User Rating

2 / 5

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jo G

Awful. Vegetarian gyoza were filled with a frozen vegetable mix which had turned to mush, the only identifiable vegetable was sweetcorn. In gyoza. The pad thai was swimming in sweet and sour sauce. The worst faux-Asian food I've eaten in London. I'm forced to give it one star just to post this. 

RedLaurie

Never again. I went again there yesterday for about 6th time over the past several years. I ordered a starter and a dish I've ordered a few times before as a main, and I was unpleasantly surprised when it arrived that it was tiny. When I brought this to the attention of the stony-faced 'waiter' he treated me with scorn, blamed me for my choice and refused to do anything about it! As I was there with group of friends I was left with no choice but to sit there seething and in the end pay for that pleasure. This reminded me of a couple years earlier when I ate there while pregnant. The waitress stared at me and my belly, making me very uncomfortable but blatantly ignored when I tried to get her attention for service. And another time I ordered takeaway and when I got it home both the soup and the tempura were full of oil- disgusting. I don't know why I keep giving them a chance, but I WILL NEVER EVER EAT THERE AGAIN

Adrian

The restaurant was very disappointing. The place was stuffy and hot. The service was not very good. The portions are too small. I went with my family (we are all Asian) and definitely you can find much better Asian food than this in many places, and at a much better price. Avoid this place!!!

Jasper

awful, we ordered through justeat, and the mains were foul. Entrees, just barely edible, but cold. I would definitely recommend stearing clear of this resaurant's delivery service.

DrFoxtopus

Itto has recently had a complete facelift and the menu has been upgraded to boot. It's stylish comfortable and the atmosphere is as always friendly and warm. It's one of my favourite local restaurants in which i always feel welcome. I'd suggest trying their Vietnamese Pho and spring rolls as they're perfect sunday food. It'd be nice if Time Out would give them another go seeing that they've changed so much. I love it.

Benjamin

Itto is one of my favourite Asian restaurants in London, the place is cute, the service is great and the food is lovely. Great value for money .