Our Review: 9
from 5 reviews
|ADDRESS:||265 Eversholt Street|
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|NEAREST STATION:||Mornington Crescent|
|TELEPHONE:|| 020 7388 8399|
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.
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...
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.
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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