Restaurants, Japanese Spitalfields
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Michael Franke

Japanika generates a surprisingly wide array of Japanese food and drink for a tiny triangle of a café that could seat up to eight but looks more likely to rely on takeaway trade. Surprises include being able to choose between three flavours of miso soup (£1.95), even shiitake; spinach goma-ae and own-made pickled daikon slivers with lemon zest; and beverages ranging from Coke to Calpico to Chegworth Valley juices.

The food is great whether you go for raw or cooked – a salmon selection box of maki, nigiri and sashimi or a chicken katsu curry donburi. Especially tasty and very good value is the eight-segment £3.50 scallop-and-avocado roll sprinkled with togarashi (Japanese chilli pepper).

No thought has been spared on the design either, with a simple but effective silhouette of a kimono-clad girl with parasol and drifting blossoms on the left and a grooved white wall on the right which mirrors the miniature Zen raked-sand garden sunk into the counter between two tills.

A little gem that compensates in a small but elegantly formed way for the recent demise of Rossi’s caff next door. NB: weekend opening is planned ‘in the near future’.


Venue name: Japanika
Address: 10 Hanbury Street
E1 6QR
Opening hours: Open 10am-5pm Mon-Fri
Transport: Tube: Aldgate East tube, Liverpool Street tube/rail or bus 67
Price: Meal for two with soft drinks: around £15
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Diana T

Sincerely some of the best affordable sushi I've had in London. A little more expensive that Wasabi and Itsu, Japanika's ingredients stand out from its chain-like counter parts. Their various sized boxes have you coming back for more every day of the week. If you're looking for something to sink your teeth into their katsu curry has the perfect amount of fire to it. 

Don't overlook this little hole in the wall, your tastebuds won't know what hit them!