I am a local and this is one of the few places on Church St I attend regularly. It helps that I love sushi, and that the half price menu makes it extremely affordable. The quality of the sushi is very good, not excellent, but I have never felt that it was not fresh or tasty. The ambience is nice, and the service is efficient and good. Overall I think this restaurant offers excellent value for money.
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Posted: Thu Feb 11 2010
Stokie locals have long enjoyed an enviable mix of restaurants on Church Street and Oishiii’s owner, Atique Choudhury, has contributed more than his fair share to this variety, setting up Spices (Indian) in the late 1980s, Yum Yum (Thai) in 1992 and Mercado (Mexican) in 2006. At Oishiii, a dramatic colour scheme of red, white and black prevails throughout, from a glinting scarlet faux-granite counter to a blossom-on-the-branch mural.
The restaurant benefits from a great location. It also generates a good atmosphere. But despite its name (meaning ‘delicious’), the food is merely okay. Orthodox, if not always authentic, the menu covers the staples. Gyoza are usually crescent shaped, but these were pinched square parcels, which would be no problem had the minced pork filling been less lumpy and more seasoned.
The deluxe sushi set was a simply good line-up of salmon, tuna, mackerel, prawn, squid and sea bass that formed a single file along a one-nigiri-wide plate. It was well shaped, served at the right temperature and would have been great value for money had the toppings not been meagre and a little dry, as if they’d been assembled then left standing around for a while.
A generous mound of mixed tempura included flavoursome prawns and tender squid, but oily batter marred this dish. So it was a pleasant surprise to get plain rice that was of particularly fine quality.
Service was attentive, but flawed – soon after arriving, three different members of staff enquired after our drinking needs in quick succession. None of these drawbacks is denting custom, though. ‘Church Street’s first Japanese eatery’ may not be the best, but clearly there is an appetite for it; a daily half-price sushi ‘happy hour’ (5-7.30pm) probably helps. And if an Ozeki saké too far puts you in the mood to carouse, karaoke for up to 20 awaits in the basement.
Oishii 67 Stoke Newington Road
- Venue phone:
020 7254 3488
- Venue website:
- Opening hours:
Open 5-11pm Mon-Fri; noon-3pm, 5-11pm Sat, Sun
Tube: Bus 73, 106
Meal for two with drinks and service: around £45.
- 67 Stoke Newington Road
- 020 7254 3488
- 67 Stoke Newington Road
Average User Rating
3.3 / 5
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I never ever write reviews on these websites but I felt I had to let people know that you really shouldn't order from this place. I had previously promised myself never to order take away from this restaurant again due to terrible service and items not being delivered previously but I fancied Japanese food tonight and made the mistake of ordering from here. I ordered and requested my order arrive in an hour as I wouldn't be home before then. 40 minutes later the driver called and was at my house. He was rude, unapologetic and said he would not wait and basically put the phone down on me. I called the restaurant. I said I was upset with the service received and that I would like my order remade and sent out but wasn't happy to wait the 45 minute wait time they stated again so would like my order delivered in 30 minutes which I thought was reasonable considering the mess up. The guy I spoke to wasn't interested, or apologetic. I had to ask him for an apology. But he agreed to deliver in 30 minutes. 35 minutes later I called and spoke to the original girl I had placed my order with. She told me I had to wait another 30 minutes for my order....She repeatedly went off the phone to talk to her colleagues which I could hear and kept telling me that the driver said he arrived at my house at the designated 1hr delivery time. I repeated this wasn't correct to the point where I had to point out that by her keep saying this she was effectively calling me a liar. Again no apology for this or the appalling service. I asked to speak to the manager and was told he was on holiday until the end of the month....I cancelled my order. If I was the manger I would cancel my holiday and come home asap to stop my business folding and go on a course to learn how to recruit even half intelligent people or people with even the tiniest bit of emotional intelligence but as I have received terrible service here before I can only assume he is the same as his staff.... Rant over. Never again. Dont do it.
Brilliant, spacious karaoke room....free when you eat and drink lots. Comfy sofas and room to dance as you sing. Lovely. friendly staff plying you with drinks to keep you singing. Great!!!!
Delicious! The Oishi roll is to die for, and the chicken Katsu curry is great too. Half-price sushi on Sunday lunchtime is a good tip too...