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Dozo Japanese Restaurant

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3 out of 5 stars
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Dozo Japanese Restaurant

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

An Old Compton Street Japanese from the group behind the more recent Viet Food.

This is one of two Dozos in London (the other is in South Kensington), and it comes from a group that has just opened the doors to Viet Food – an impressive new Vietnamese addition to Chinatown. Dozo bills itself as a ‘Japanese fine dining restaurant’, though our experience is restricted to the more value-orientated lunchtime offerings. 

Bento boxes, donburi, ramen and sushi sets – most with miso soup and a small salad included – are priced at an extremely reasonable £6.90. We enjoyed serviceable sushi and sashimi, plus a big bowl of chilli beef ramen, with good depth to the stock and plentiful meat, veg, noodles and garnish. A fair number of the tables around us had Japanese occupants, which must say something. 

Dozo’s seating is definitely worth a mention. It’s zashiki-style (traditionally, low tables with diners sitting on the floor) but here there’s space below the table into which legs can swing. It’s a concession that’s certainly helpful for Western limbs less at ease with the lotus position but still not without its difficulties – don’t be surprised to see a few accidental downward dogs from less nimble diners.

Service journeyed from the firm (we were admonished for stepping too far over the breach on arrival) to the sweet (a smiling ‘thank you’ and the door held open as we left). The only real gripe was edamame delivered well after our mains hit the table – fine as they were, a dessert they do not make.

With such good value at lunch, Dozo is an easy place to recommend. As long your limbs can contort for those tables – or you’re prepared to leave your dignity at the door. Woof woof.


Address: 32 Old Compton Street
Transport: Tube: Leicester Square
Opening hours: Mon-Wed noon-3pm, 6-10.30pm; Thur-Fri noon-3pm, 6-11pm; Sat noon-11pm; Sun noon-10.30pm
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Users say (10)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.1 / 5

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Having tried Dozo a few times, I prefer coming here for their bento sets over their sushi and tapas. The former is more worthwhile and very generous in serving sizes while the latter tends to be more expensive and is not as good. On my latest visit, I had the Vegetable Tempura & Katsu Curry Bento. This was delicious! There was a generous amount of katsu covered in a thick, spicy Japanese curry. I was impressed by how it kept warm throughout my meal - it was still steaming even after I had consumed half of the katsu. The vegetable tempura was good, as it came with a variety and with the traditional tempura dipping sauce on the side. There was also a salad with Japanese dressing and some rice in the other compartments. It was filling and everything tasted good! In terms of service, the host was quick to settle us in - taking my name and prepping a table for me and my brother. We ended up sharing with 2 others, which we both didn't mind and made it quicker for us to get a table to order. My bento box did take rather long to arrive (about 20 minutes) and I was definitely hangry at this point, so not great. But normally, with sushi and tapas dishes, they are quicker about it. 

Food was great, the volcano maki is definitely a must order.

The service..ah well..
We got told off for wanting to order more food by a waiter. I have to insist the degree to which we were actually SHOUTED at by this waiter. He asked us if we were done with the empty dish plates to which we said yes but before we could get in a word to say that we were still hungry and would like to order some more, he took our food plates, chopsticks et all. When we asked for the menu after, thus began the scolding. It felt degrading, embarrassing and I was completely offended. This happened in front of other customers.
As great as the food was, the horrible experience and service by this waiter will mean that we will never go there again. The manager on site seemed out of it and nothing was really done when we spoke to him about the waiters behaviour besides the obligatory 'I am sorry' while rushing us out the door. 
I am in the process of sending an official complaint to the Head office with said waiter's name in writing.

5 stars for the lunch specials. The bento boxes are great, so is the salmon ramen, all for a tenner.

Great sushi here. Extremely popular at peak times so if you haven't booked you can expect to wait in a queue outside forever, but if you book or can get a walk-in then the food is awesome and well worth it. 

I have to say, I was absolutely starving when I got to this place and looking at the menu I thought we were going to pay huge money to calm the hunger, but dishes are pretty abundant. We had excellent maki rolls to start with and then a ramen per head. Perfect amount of veggies combined with meat inside for the ramen, really tasty broth. Service was outstanding and quick and we got seated in a nice location on one of the floor tables. Overall a really nice experience and fairly priced for the location of the place.


A fabulous little gem of a restaurant in the heart of Soho, an ambient and intimate setting, perfect for a quick lunch as a welcomed whistle stop from the bustling shopping crowds on Oxford St and with brilliant Bento Boxes and lunchtime deals from £6.90, you really can't go wrong. This is traditional Japanese food at it's finest. I had a Saba Miso (steamed Mackerel) Bento box, my companion had a Salmon Teryaki Bento box, both came with generous portions of fish, rice, salad, vegetable dumplings and we were served a miso soup to start. There are other options on the lunch menu (Ramen, Donburi and Sushi) and the rest of the menu looks fabulous too. When you can easily pay £7 for a sandwich and a bag of popcorn for lunch, how could you possibly go wrong? 

Staff Writer

What a find on Old Compton street. OK so the menu is pretty colossal but don’t let that put you off. Definitely get involved with the Volcano Maki so artistically turned out full of flavour from the Eel, leeks, bonito flakes, avocado & mayonnaise, oh the mayo so much dipping. The Mixed salad with mixed sashimi, tobiko, & citrus dressing also gets a full thumbs up and the Spicy Ramen Noodles are super warming. All washed down with unlimited tea. Staff have charisma and passion. Book now!

Good quality, varied menu and a great find for the heart of soho. As an Ealing resident where we're spoilt for Japanese choice this is worth a visit.

Staff Writer

Genuinely one of the best reasonably priced sushi restaurants in central London. The food was delicious, the service polite and knowledgeable and the clientele was full of Japanese tourists after a taste of home which I always take to be a good sign. Try the warm saki with your maki it's delicious.

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