Locals don’t come to Tosa for the sparkling setting – the brown and white dining room seems just a little lacklustre. Instead, friendly service and a decent range of sushi and skewers are the main draw.
If you like to see the chefs at work, head for the robata grill at the front (though you might end up a little smoky). Otherwise, there’s plenty of seating dotted around the room, including some more intimate pews at the back. On a weekday lunchtime, the room was bustling with local families and lone diners well acquainted with the menu, plus the odd table of Japanese salarymen. Cheap sets were going down well, such as the yakitori selection, which included juicy spirals of pork and shiso, sticks of quail’s eggs and classic chicken chunks with onion – all pleasingly smoky from the charcoal grill (served with rice, salad and miso for £11).
Sushi and sashimi are also popular, the fish as fresh as you like, though the rice rectangles in our sea bass and capelin-roe nigiri were indelicately large. The drinks list features the usual array of Japanese beers and sakés.
332 King Street
|Opening hours:||Lunch served 12.30-2.30pm, dinner served 6-10.30pm daily|
|Transport:||Tube: Ravenscourt Park or Stamford Brook|
|Price:||Main courses £7-£15. Set lunch £11. Set meal £30|
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Average User Rating
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My husband and I go to Tosa about 2-3 times a year. Particularly when the owner is behind the grill and being seated at the bar, the food is excellent and the atmosphere enjoyable. Tip: Try the Tosa Yakitori lunch e.g. on a weekend noon. It samples some of the best Japanese grilled skewers I have ever eaten (I especially recommend the asparamaki, shisomaki, yakitori), plus soup etc, for a very reasonable price. Try some of the Sashimi , Yasai Tempura or Gyoza (not always available.. maybe my only gripe!) with it, and leave a satisfied and happy customer.
Dissapointed to hear bad comments about Tosa- was recommended by a Japanese friend and have been going there regularly for the past few years.We have always had great food there. Try the Agadashi Tofu! My 6 year old loves it.We travel from Surbiton because iwe enjoy it so much.
The first time I was introduced to Tosa was back in 2007. Back then it was great with good japanese hospitality. Food was awesome too. I was back there recently and I have to say food standard has dropped, most importantly the service is so bad that I specifically requested for the gratuity fee to be removed. The waitresses cannot speak a single Japanese word, rude, and ignorant. Poor. Price wise it is the same price as central London??? Does not justify the price really.
Having recently returned to the UK from Japan, i read the reviews and decided to take my girlfriend to Tosa. We turned up around 7:00 and we didn't realise we had to make a reservation, but the waitress gave us a table provided we finish by 8pm. Strangely none of the waitress could not speak Japanese. We were left ignored for a good 10mins after the waitress sat us down and left us with the menu. When the food came round, instead of placing the plates on the table, they were almost thrown in front of us. Like the reviewer below our plates were also taken away before we could finish chewing. The food was ok, not as good as the other places I've been to. What upset me the most, was when I saw one of waitress putting her finger in the food when she was asking her colleague what the name of the dish was called. I noticed there were some Japanese visitors at other tables and they didn't seem to be impressed with the service either. We didn't even bother with dessert and asked for the bill immediately. We won't be returning there again, it's a shame..
Having read several good reviews, my boyfriend and I thought we would give Tosa a go for a Friday night out as we love Japanese food. Woeful mistake - we were stuck in a table by the loo at the back in a corner and roundly ignored by all of the waiting staff. Our food came in drips and drabs, my sushi came a good 30 minutes before my boyfriend's skewers, with his rice a further 10 minutes behind. Our final dish of Karage arrived another 15 minutes after that. When we raised the issue, our waitress was apologetic but didn't offer money off the bill or any other compensation. Instead, after we'd finished eating (our plates were taken before we'd even finished chewing our final mouthfuls) she bought us a bowl of stewed pork belly and another rice. Considering that we'd ordered chicken dishes and sushi, this didn't correlate at all with our previous food. I'd much rather have been offered a dessert or drinks, as is common courtesy in most restaurants. When we tried to ask for the bill, we were roundly ignored for another 20 minutes before we finally had to get up and go to pay at the bar. Needless to say, we won't be returning.