"Another Japanese restaurant with communal tables…yawn"Review Rating: Reviewed by Leila
Yet another Asian restaurant in Soho following the trend of the pseudo-communal experience of long tables and rapidly served food. The local media folk love the fact that they can have their sushi with a side of communism, but sadly amazing dining it does not make for.
A lot of this is down to Alan Yau, who has steadily been taking over the capital since launching noodle bar Wagamama, followed by the Chinese Hakkasan and the Thai chain Busaba Eat Thai. The streets of W1 are now replete with Asian restaurants, making it nigh on impossible for any of them to stand out.
Satsuma’s menu is varied and has all the standard bento boxes, sushi sets, curries and noodle dishes. None of it can be faulted; my chicken Katsu curry was very tasty, with breaded pieces of tender chicken sat atop a mound of rice in a spicy sauce. However, the food is quite forgettable amongst the many other Japanese restaurants around. Service was friendly and attentive, and Satsuma is clearly a popular draw as it was bustling with activity late on a Sunday evening.
Satsuma’s menu is decent, but nothing spectacular. The same goes for the prices. I am in fact surprised at why so many people would choose to dine in this average, overly-lit, character-less restaurant when there are far more charming eateries around. Must be the fashion.
Leila reviewed Osatsuma on Mon 28 Sep 2009