Abeno

Restaurants, Japanese Bloomsbury
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Abeno
© Ming Tang-Evans
Venue name: Abeno
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Address: 47 Museum Street
London
WC1A 1LY
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jeaniekarl
Tastemaker

I was introduced to this is great place that serves authentic Japanese okonomi-yaki, if you haven’t had the privilege you must go and give this place a visit. This review is for the branch in Soho and I must have passed this place on numerous occasions and not realised I was missing out!

The bench style seating at the counter and side tables and dimmed lighting offers a simple contemporary relaxed and informal atmosphere to the place and the omelettes are literally cooked right in front of you on teppanaki grills by the staff, the amazing aromas are bound to get your mouth watering and wet your appetite.We went for the large tokyo mix omelette, optional noodles included which was delicious. The cottage pie mix looked really interesting something to try for next time i think. For starters we had the tofu and avocado gyoza and tempura kakiage, surprisingly the tofu and avocado gygoza was quite good as the soft filling is balanced by the crispy gyoza coating.The tempura combination of the prawns and vegetables were perfect.Just make sure your coats and belongings are stored away in the boxed seating and your hair and clothes are bound to pick up the strong smells afterwards but the the okonomi-yaki is just great here.

LeeLee
tastemaker

My brother and I opted for 1 super deluxe Pork okonomiyaki1 super deluxe Squid okonomiyaki, and Tempura Kakiage.


The Pork okonomiyaki was my favourite of the three because the slices of pork were thick-cut and super crisp from the teppanyaki grill. The ingredients for the batter were put together fresh when we ordered and cooked in front of us. I liked that our cook/waiter asked if we wanted all the condiments on top of our okonomiyaki and also left small bottles of the sauces for us throughout our meal. 


The Squid okonomiyaki was good too; the squid was really fresh and cut thick enough such that there was substance when you bit into a piece but thin enough to cook on the grill quickly.


However, I did find that the batter itself was not seasoned enough. When eaten alone, it was rather bland and I had to ask for some salt and pepper. But the overall experience of dining here; having the okonomiyaki cooked right in front of us, sitting along a bar-like table and the atmosphere of the restaurant was lovely. 


I liked that inside our seats was a compartment to place our personal belongings in because the smell of the teppanyaki grill tends to stick to clothing rather easily. By the time we finished our dinner, my hair and shirt smelled of a hot grill!

AmyReviews
tastemaker

I was introduced to this restaurant by a friend and we've been back three times! Tasty and authentic Japanese okonomiyaki (a way to use up ingredients) that caters for vegetarians and has an extensive selection of Japanese starters and drinks (try the omeshu!) . Service is usually friendly and you get to watch your meal cooked in front of you on your table, which adds to the experience. On my last visit they had a great Xmas themed offering with Stilton, turkey and asparagus. This branch is super handy for the British Museum and there's another near Leicester Square. Thoroughly recommend!

Karen N
tastemaker

The go-to place for Okonomiyaki in London! It's centrally located right next to British museum. The restaurant is run by all Japanese people, who delivers the best service. Most of the okonomiyaki (i.e. a yummy omelette x pancake combo topped with BBQ food, sauce and mayo) are cooked right in front of you, so it makes a great place to bring family and friends for a fun atmosphere.  

Annette B

I fell in love with Okonomiyaki in Japan and Abeno brings the original to London. Walking in there feels like being back in Tokyo!

abhi r

From the food quality and taste to the service, it deserves 5 stars. 

Been there a couple of times and I will definitely go again. 

LouLou

Great little Japanese Okonomiyaki restaurant around the corner from Leiceister Square. Otherwise know as a 'Japanese pizza', okonomiyaki is the food of Osaka and if you've had the pleasure of trying one there, this will not disappoint! Little on the pricey side and no table bookings allowed so be prepared to wait if there is a group of you. 

chelseadust
tastemaker

After a friend taking me here for lunch last month, Abeno now has to be one of my favourite Japanese restaurants in London. They specialise in Okonomiyaki which I would say is the most epic omelette you will have in your life (if you like Japanese food). They cook it in front of you and you eat it right off the hot plate. The service was spot on with the guy cooking up our food telling us about each ingredient he used as well some facts about Japanese culture. I loved it :)

Clemie
Tastemaker

Absolute hidden London gem. Abeno specialises in Okonomiyaki, a surprisingly varied selection of Japanese omelettes, prepared on hotplates in front of you. The sake selection is well-curated, with mine served out of a little wooden box. Service is outstandingly friendly. It is on the small side, so be sure to book: it was still packed at 9pm on a Monday night this week!

Ming

I love this place, the okonomiyaki (Japanese omelettes) are always incredible..