When it comes to Japanese culture, some things get lost in translation. Appreciating the art and grace of outsized men wrestling near-naked is one such mystery, and plastic models of food is another. Cascades of noodles falling from floating forks, dusty bowls of ramen and platters of intricately crafted sushi are intended to lure diners into Japan’s restaurants. These plastic replicas of their dishes are unlikely to get you salivating, but there’s no denying the fun.
This Japanese spot in Marylebone is decidedly old-school in its looks - slatted wooden façade, monochrome interior and plenty of plastic food, both in the window display and on show inside. The extensive menu has a range of Japanese classics: sushi, tempura and deep-fried breaded pork (tonkatsu), plus ramen and other noodle dishes. All of which are undoubtedly done well - our sushi selection contained faultlessly fresh fish, while a selection of grilled skewers were pleasantly smoky.
But there are also a few less common options, which definitely shouldn’t be ignored. A rich and meaty miso stew came packed with pieces of tender braised tripe and tofu. And a Japanese pub classic of rice in a green tea broth with salt-pickled plum (ochazuke) made the perfect conclusion to our meal.
Though it was way too chilly on the table by the door (make sure you sit further in), the lesser seen dishes warmed our cockles.
The restaurant has two floors with two tatami rooms which can accommodate 80 customers. The basement and the rooms are available for private hire and large party bookings.
110 George St
|Opening hours:||Lunch served 11.45am-2.30pm Mon-Fri; 11.45am-4pm Sun. Dinner served 6-10.30pm Mon-Fri; 6-10pm Sun.|
|Transport:||Bond Street tube|
|Price:||Meal for two with drinks and service: around £70.|
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A bit hesitant to visit at first as their other reviews are ok but Time Out reviews have never done me wrong. Thanks for always being so reliable.
Totally deserving of their great rating, we had a lovely dinner.
Excellent food, friendly staff. We had two special sushi platters (great quality, highly recommend), miso soup (really good), kimchi and tofu (spicy, excellent) an extra maki and two beers each at under £100. Will be back there for sure.
Wow, thanks for the recommendation Time Out. This place is a great find, and really close to our office. Authentic Japanese food done really well.