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Inko Nito

Restaurants, Japanese Soho
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Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

A casual Japanese grill restaurant in Soho.

A steamy charcoal grill sits at the centre of this clean-lined Japanese restaurant in Soho. The space is large, with plenty of low, blonde-wood sharing tables dotted about, but for the best view sit at the counter. The menu is a kind of mish mash of Asian favourites, with ingredients like ‘yuzu’ defined in little picture boxes. This sounds like Japanese-food-by-numbers, but it manages, somehow, not to feel patronising. 

The stand-out dish was the ‘Japanese breadcrumb fried chicken’ – chicken katsu by any other name – served with yoghurt and peanut dip. Chicken katsu with yoghurt shouldn’t work. It sounds wrong. But this dish was a revelation: most significantly, the chicken was pitch-perfect – impossibly succulent – and each dip of yoghurt gave it a fresh, sour slap.

Unholy unions are Inko Nito’s speciality: its ‘nigaki’ – described as ‘somewhere between maki and nigiri’ – was like an open sushi sandwich: the nori propped up like a rectangular rizla, topped with a smidge of rice and a juicy fried prawn. Sometimes, though, the experimentation went too far: the bonito flakes on the prawn toast tasted burnt. Mostly, though, the food was imaginative in a good way. Don’t leave the building without trying the coconut soft-serve, sprinkled with Japanese granola.

The only really sticky moment was when the waiter tried to get us to tip on top of the tip. Hopefully this was because we have kind eyes. Otherwise, Inko Nito is an interesting, reasonably priced spot.

Details

Address: 55 Broadwick St
London
W1F 9QS
Transport: Tube: Oxford Circus
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £95.
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Users say (3)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.3 / 5

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A great restaurant with, as promised, unconventional food; served by an enthusiastic team that also had great recommendations.  Reading the other reviews, they seem to have listened, and there was no mention of a time limit on tables.  Highly recommended!

tastemaker

Unconventional japanese sharing plates, some much better than others. Loved the sticky chilli chicken wings, and the ‘nigaki’ rolls (half way between nigiri and maki). Also the infamous coconut soft serve dessert - so delicious but definitely share it because the soy drizzle becomes a little overwhelming and sickly eventually. Prawn toast is overpriced at £10 with a very weird and unexpected gooey texture. An overall fun experience sitting at the counter, watching the chefs cook and listening to 90s music in a buzzy environment. Great restaurant for groups!

tastemaker

Great fusion food. We were sat by the grill so were chatting away to the chef and he gave us some great food recommendations.

Everything we ordered was delicious and would recommend going to try out the menu. It is quite pricey but definitely value for money.

The downside is that it's walk in only and they don't sit you unless the whole party has arrived. Bearing this in mind I arrived when the restaurant was empty and thought this was unnecessary. We were also told that we had the table for less than 2 hours to sit in an empty restaurant (which infuriated me!).

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