Restaurants, Japanese Clerkenwell
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Rob Greig

Flying the flag for kawaii (cute) culture, this Japanese caff on Exmouth Market is decked out with butterfly-shaped chandeliers, heart-shaped coasters and all manner of other pink or cutsie things. It may be small, but the menu is long, listing everything from donburi to curry, bento or noodle dishes.

A filling bowl of oyakodon saw generous chunks of chicken encased in sweetened just-set egg atop a steaming bowl of rice – a snip at £7.50. There’s also a good range of sweet treats with Japanese flavourings, such as green tea cake, and drinks including thick yuzu milkshake.



Venue name: Necco
Address: 52-54 Exmouth Market
Opening hours: Meals served noon-10pm Mon-Wed; noon-10.30pm Thur-Sat
Transport: Tube: Farringdon tube/rail or bus 19, 38, 55
Price: Main courses £7.50-£12.50. Set lunch (noon-3pm) £5 bento box
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I went to Necco two evening ago and I enjoyed it a lot. I've recently been to Japan and this small restaurant is actually what you will likely find in Japan, authentic and welcoming. Forget thinking that in Japan you will find just places like Shoryu. 

The owner and the staff is Japanese and even if their English is not perfect and they are quite shy, they are lovey and friendly. 

The menu as well is really "Japanese", full of colours, photos and don. 


Necco is a no frill but filled with cute Japanese thingymagics. If you like Kawaii, you'd adore Necco. it even comes with a grumpy owner. Menu is long but the waitress not not easy to communicate with. I was there on a rainy evening and there was a huge table which was full with customers learnign to make sushi. The owner was standing on different chairs at different parts of the restaurant taking photos and shouting instructions at the new students. They were excited. Unfortunately it wasn't fun for other guests.

The ambience wasn't great for a sit down or catch up. While it is filled with cute things. the tables were laid very close to each other and that night, they were all rearranged to make it easier for the grumpy owner. Service was non existent.

The sushi were great - fresh, made at the counter and delicious. But because the ambience was not welcoming, 

we ate quickly and left.


The sushi is really good and the staff is super friendly. We also had 2 of the pork dishes and I can't wait to have them again soon! They even made a special dairy free soya yoghurt birthday cake for my girlfriend's birthday. They really make an effort to make sure you have a good time and they even did some party poppers outside when we left the restaurant! It's a great place with really good food and a perfect atmosphere! I'm definitely going more often.