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Kintan Oxford Circus

Restaurants, Japanese Regent Street
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Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

A yakiniku grill restaurant near Oxford Circus.

Part of the pleasure of this Japanese ‘yakiniku’ restaurant is that you just don’t expect it to be as good as it is. This branch (Kintan’s second) is in a basement off Oxford Circus and the wipe-clean menus are splashed with red-sticker deals (barbecue from £3! Appetisers from £1!). I kid you not: there’s a daily food ‘happy hour’ and it lasts for a minimum of six hours. That the food is a bit  brilliant is a massive bonus.

‘Yakiniku’ means ‘grilled meat’ and that is absolutely the thing to order here, as there’s a smoky, thick-ridged grill built into your table, Korean-style. The meat and fish arrive raw and you get to do all barbecuing yourself. Don’t miss the spicy pork. You can order soy and sesame oil for dipping but you won’t need them – this pig was pre-marinated and was best enjoyed naked. Sweet, fatty toro beef was also ace, but it was with the plain tiger prawns that the magic of the barbecue came to the fore. You can really taste the charring.

Of the non-barbecue items, bibimbap was a highlight, mixed at the table by our lovable waiter. Niku udon was more delicate and that’s something to bear in mind here, as the trad Japanese options did tend to be overwhelmed by the punchy Korean-influenced flavours.

But Kintan is a real gem, and you will not get a lunch this decent for these prices elsewhere in Oxford Circus. Plus, there’s also something inherently lovely about transporting sizzling meat straight off the grill and into your mouth.


Address: 21 Great Castle Street
Transport: Tube: Oxford Circus
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £60.
Opening hours: Monday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 12:00am. Sunday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm.
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This big, new basement restaurant has very quickly become one of my favourites. They do a wide-range of authentic Japanese food but with a twist- you can cook your own.

The menu is packed with raw tapas-size portions of food- everything from sweet corn to seafood to waygu beef. All seasoned and ready to go on to the gas fire in the middle of your table.

If you’re not up to being your own chef there are ready made dishes too like noodle soups, bibimbap and salads.

I prefer the DIY option, it’s fun and sociable- the Japanese equivalent of standing around a bbq.

The Kalbi short rib is delicious with great flavour. For dessert the s’mores is my favourite- you get to melt the marshmallows and squish them between the biscuit and chocolate to create a rich, sweet, biscuity sandwich.

They also have one of the best late-night happy hours which includes the food too, so it’s ideal for a good-quality post-theatre dinner that won’t break the bank.

Whenever I’ve eaten here the service has been friendly and attentive.

It’s a good idea to book because it gets busy, which is no surprise.


What a total, and utter surprise... This place was amazing. I brought 4 Timeout vouchers for my partner and his parents as a Christmas present it was £20 for a starter, main and a drink. I thought it would all be quite small and we'd need to order more however the starter was - miso soup, chicken gyoza's and edamame beans and for main was two choices of meat with sticky rice. Usually I don't like restaurants where you cook your own food (mainly as I am terrible at cooking, however the seasoning on the meat (a choice of prawn, beef, pork or prawns) was incredible. The whole experience was really enjoyable and the staff were really attentive and super friendly. This was a great restaurant and in an ideal location for going out in town afterwards. I'm not sure the vouchers are still available but its reasonably priced for central London. Would 100% revisit.    

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