Sushi Café Maco

Restaurants, Japanese Crouch End
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The café formerly known as Matsu is quite a purist affair. Apart from the odd hot component (yakitori, tempura or katsu) included in good-value lunch deals and a four-course dinner set, sushi rules the roost here. Special mention, however, must go to the excellent chicken-and-chive gyoza. Even sashimi barely gets a look-in: there’s just the one stand-alone option of salmon; otherwise it only crops up in a couple of sushi assortments. Just as well, then, that the back-to-front-Kangol-flatcapped itamae (sushi chef) knows what he’s doing. Maki hold together nicely, while nigiri are slender and elegantly tapered. Fillings and toppings don’t break out of the standard repertoire, but they do exceed expectations for a modest-looking enterprise that’s often (undeservedly) quiet. The simplicity of Maco’s menu is matched by the pared-down, almost industrial look that was achieved by removing Matsu’s false ceiling and coating the old cream interior with matt white. We like the helpful service, and we love the doll’s-house-sized food replicas in the window.


Venue name: Sushi Café Maco
Address: 50 Topsfield Parade
N8 8PT
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-3pm, dinner served 6-11pm Tue-Sun.
Transport: Tube: Finsbury Park tube/rail then W3, W7 bus/Crouch Hill rail
Price: Main courses £6-£12.50. Set lunch £8.50. Set dinner £18.
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This cafe is now called Nakama. I have been going there for years and the lunch specials are delicious and good value. We usually have California rolls and tempura, but other sushi options are delicious and expertly prepared. The latest addition is a ramen lunch special with amazing broth, noodles and chicken. It comes with salad and miso, too. I highly recommend this place!