Tokyo Diner

2 Newport Place, Covent Garden, London

Tokyo Diner
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8/10 from 4 user reviews

Japanese restauarant with Japanese diners....must be good!

Tokyo Diner, exterior picture

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Address:2 Newport Place
Covent Garden
London
WC2H 7JP
Map:Map & nearby
Cuisine:Japanese
Region:Covent Garden
Nearest Station:Leicester Square
Telephone:
Opening Hours:

Mon:12:00 - 00:00
Tue:12:00 - 00:00
Wed:12:00 - 00:00
Thu:12:00 - 00:00
Fri:12:00 - 00:00
Sat:12:00 - 00:00
Sun:12:00 - 00:00
About: Tokyo Diner is a popular restaurant serving authentic Japanese cuisine.

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If you’re after a quick, cheap meal where you can go unnoticed, Tokyo Diner in Soho is ideal. Customers mind their own business while eating sushi and katsu-don, plus green tea and Japanese crackers are brought to your table for free.

The best places to eat Japanese food
How many times have you walked past Tokyo Diner and not given it a second thought? If you’ve never been then the answer to that is too many times. This inexpensive restaurant serves traditional, authentic Japanese cuisine with an emphasis on curries. And they give free tea.

Budget restaurants
When a Japanese restaurant is popular with expats you know you’re onto something, and this bargain eatery set over three floors is one of the capital’s less appreciated gems. The menu has sushi, katsu curries and bento boxes, it’s open till midnight and extra portions of rice are free. If you needed further convincing they take sustainability very seriously, so they don’t offer tuna and their electricity is supplied by renewable providers Ecotricity.



"Japanese restauarant with Japanese diners....must be good!"

Review Rating: 9 / 10
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In my continued quest for authenticity Tokyo Diner has been a firm favorite ever since I stumbled across it one hungover Sunday 5 years ago. The incredibly light, incredibly delicious dishes of edamame, or lightly cooked soya beans and salad futomaki did much to make me feel human again, whilst the low prices were perfect for my at the time student budget.

I’m happy to say that over the years quality has remained. Sprawled over three floors in Chinatown -an irony that still amuses me- the restaurant is always busy and can get noisy at times; reassuringly there are always many Japanese diners. The menu is vast and there is much to choose from for those who aren’t fans of raw fish, with lunchtime bento boxes, smaller snacks like spinach in sesame seed sauce, more filling dishes like Katsu-Don, where an egg has been cracked and left to cook over pieces of chicken or pork with rice, miso soup, and vegetarian sushi.

I’ve eaten many full meals here washed down with lashings of hot sake and plum wine for just under £20 for two people. As is custom in Japan staff do not expect a tip, in fact they are highly offended by it. There are notices on each table regarding Tokyo Diner’s promotion of sustainable fishing and refusing to serve tuna fish, an important, confident position from this standalone restaurant.

There are so many reasons to dine here, but the most basic one is this: at Tokyo Diner, if you finish your rice and want a second helping, they will bring it you for free; for if you are hungry, you must eat.



Leila reviewed Tokyo Diner on Thu 24 Jul 2008


The Latest User Reviews of Tokyo Diner


User Rating: 10 / 10
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Heather, London
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Tokyo Diner serves very authentic food. I had a tasty bento box and really enjoyed their sake and plum wine.

User Rating: 9 / 10
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therose123
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Beautiful food at reasonable price. Love the bento all i could fault is that when the restaurant is busy service sometimes get a little bit sloppy but all in all lovely food.

User Rating: 7 / 10
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therose123
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Busy line for lunch, service ok but food wow amazing and very fresh. Great lunch but try to come early for a table.

User Rating: 5 / 10
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I am a Japanese national, but lived in UK for a year and ate at various Japanese restaurants here. I dined at this place several times, and it used to be a fairly good Japanese diner with inexpensive, everyday foods one eats in Japan. But this August, I am very disappointed. The rice is no longer Japanese type: it is long grain and not very white. We ate Teriyaki Chicken but it is just a chicken cooked with a soy source: it is not "Teriyaki" at all with the characteristic shiny surface, which "Teri" means. Some pieces of fried potatoes came with the dish, and they are very hot with red pepper. Japanese foods do not use much hot pepper. I think the cooks there are either no longer Japanese or trying to cater, not authentic Japanese food lovers but to those who are only curious about Japanese foods. As if to prove this, most of the customers who were there when I ate were not Japanese. A sign of good foreign restaurants is that there are many nationals of the country from where the foods come.

That said, Tokyo Diner is still a reasonably priced, conveniently located East-Asian restaurant. If you are not particularly fussy about eating usual Tokyo foods as I am when I go to a Japanese restaurant, I can recommend it. It is so much better than ubiquitous Wagamama.

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