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Asakusa Restaurant

265 Eversholt Street, London


"Authentic Japanese food at this cheap Camden eatery"
All In London Review: 9 / 10



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Asakusa Restaurant
7/10 from 5 reviews
ADDRESS:265 Eversholt Street
London
NW1 1BA

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CUISINE:Japanese

REGION:Camden

NEAREST STATION:Mornington Crescent


TELEPHONE: 020 7388 8399

OPENING HOURS:
Mon:18:00 - 23:30
Tue:18:00 - 23:30
Wed:18:00 - 23:30
Thu:18:00 - 23:30
Fri:18:00 - 23:30
Sat:18:00 - 23:00




ABOUT ASAKUSA RESTAURANT:

Asakusa Restaurant is popular with the Japanese community serving a variety of Japanese dishes including sushi. Catering for private parties of up to 25 people is available upon request. A takeaway menu is also available.



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Gluten Free Food
What Asakusa may lack in glamour it makes up for in the sheer length of the menu, which has specialties like eels wrapped in omelette as well as all the expected sushi, teriyaki, noodle dishes and much much more. Prices are low too, resulting in this restaurant being packed most nights of the week; make sure you book ahead.

Sushi
A Camden veteran, Asakusa is cheap and has a sushi menu that seems to go on forever. Itís full almost every night of the week (booking is strongly recommended), and plenty of Japanese people eat here, a testament to the authenticity of the food.



The All In London Review

"Authentic Japanese food at this cheap Camden eatery"

All In London Rating: 9 / 10
Added Wed 28 Oct 2009 - Reviewed by Leila


Friends of mine who have lived in Japan have long been recommending Asakusa, saying it is the most authentic Japanese restaurant in London. Itís clearly very popular, as even during the week it's essential to book.

Asakusa is close to Mornington Crescent station, in the slightly less desirable end of Camden High Street. The restaurant itself is dingy yet charming, walls are filled with posters of Japanese celebrities, and there are ornaments and lanterns peppering the dining area.

Another quirk is that this appears to be one of those restaurants that plays host to illicit affairs and bizarre relationships; we weren't able to stop ourselves from eavesdropping the conversation of an aging record producer and a much younger Polish girl, a young Lady Gaga lookalike with another elderly gentleman, and two very drunk females discussing their sex life.

But aside from the peoplewatching the main draw is of course the delicious food. The menu is extensive, with everything from maki rolls to nigiri sets, tempura, and meat dishes. Despite Japanese food generally being quite healthy we somehow managed to order the stodgiest dishes: deep fried tempura, breaded oysters with mustard sauce, and eel wrapped in egg, the latter containing very little eel and being mostly a rolled omelette.

The sushi sets are also very good and cheap; itís easy to eat a plentiful meal here without breaking the bank. The usual variety of beers (Asahi, Tiger), sake, and teas are available, as well as Shochu, the Japanese spirit similar to vodka, though less strong. The waitress was clearly horrified when I ordered a glass, ďdo you know what it is?Ē she asked. I gather it is more of a manís drink in Japan.

To end our meal we ordered the only dessert available, the ice cream, which comes in black sesame, chestnut or red bean flavours. A good value meal (a meal for two comes to around £35), just donít drink too much Shochu.


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User Rating: 10 / 10
Jackie
London
Added: Dec 2012
All In London User Recommended Business

This restaurant is simply one of the best places to eat Japanese food in London - really delicious, authentic, and reasonably cheap. It's not luxuriously decorated, and the bathrooms are a little cramped, but the actual food is INCREDIBLE. Hugely recommended.

Name: Jackie
Location: London


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User Rating: 10 / 10
reck0ner
NewbieSince: Jun 2011
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I love this restaurant. It is quirky, terribly decorated, 100% authentic and the antithesis of bland corporate "hospitality".

All of the sashimi and sushi is done by just one guy - he works behind the sushi bar and it really is almost impossible to keep up with the orders when it gets busy - and this restaurant gets BUSY because the food is great.

Like anywhere when it is busy, sometimes the bill takes a while or orders go astray, but really is that such a big deal? I guess in some people's eyes. But the food, the food, the food...


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User Rating: 2 / 10
Adam
Manchester
Added: Mar 2011

Booked at table for 2 on a saturday night after hearing good things about this place. Came from Manchester specifically to eat there. Ordered 2 Sashimi meals and was told there would be a 50 minute wait!

When i asked why they said because everyone was ordering Sushi. I don't understand why that should even be a problem, thats why people go there after all. A pizza place isn't thrown into hour delays because everyone orders pizza. How can raw pieces of fish with nothing else take 50 minutes to make is beyond me. We finished our drinks and left. I suspect they'd rather let people sit around drinking for 50 mins instead of jusr serving something so simple as sashimi.

Name: Adam
Location: Manchester


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User Rating: 3 / 10
Mosey
NewbieSince: Mar 2005
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We went here on a Wednesday evening, so traditionally not a very busy night for restauranteurs. Upon arrival we were asked if we'd booked a table, so I felt assured that we'd come to a popular and therefore decent restaurant.
However, I was pretty disappointed.
Around fifteen minutes after we ordered, some people came to sit at the table next to ours. The tables are really crammed in together, so now the restaurant was completely packed. Our neighbours ordered their food, and ten minutes later it began to arrive for them. By this point we had recieved our beer and our miso soup, so nothing that requires more than removing from a fridge or a vat.
Forty five minutes after we had initially ordered, we finally gave in and asked where our food was. The waitress said she didn't know, and ten minutes later it turned up at our table. Neither dish was very complicated, so this wait was by no means reasonable.
We had to wolf down our food as we had been told that we had to be out of the restaurant by 9.30, and it was 9.10 by now. The food itself was alright- the sushi tasted old and dry, unfortunately, but the salad was excellent. My tonkatsu was adequate, but it's a very hard dish to get wrong, as was my partner's beef shogayaki.
The big sting came when the bill arrived (about 20 minutes after asking for it). Our bill was £34.83, so I put down £44.83, having been in customer service and knowing how tedious it is to count change. When I recieved £6 back, I was annoyed but figured it was because they were fairly busy. However, the waitress insisted that we were owed only this amount. Having had almost two hours wasted simply waiting for things here, I no longer cared.
I'm aware that I was in the basement of the restaurant, where there were only two waitresses, and that this may have affected the service we recieved. If I were to go back to Asakusa it would be only when it wasn't busy, on the ground floor, and expecting to spend a lot of time there. Otherwise, do


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