I keep forgetting to write about this restaurant, and each time I go I keep telling myself I should write about it, because it’s just so good!
We’ve been there several times, and each time we go we leave the dishes empty.
We’ve also brought friends and family with us, and it’s always been a success. After devouring the initial food we ordered, we had to request extra food; even sashimi skeptics were converted here:
“I don’t like raw fish”
And five minutes later, the same person:
“Can I finish this piece of tuna?”
Sashimi converts ate the food and then stared at length at the beautiful crockery… and that would be me. There are many pictures of crockery in this post, which I think is fully understandable. So pretty. So wabi-sabi.
The atmosphere is more like a quiet, chill izakaya than a rowdy West End pre-party watering hole, and thanks for that (I wouldn’t want to come here otherwise). I want to imagine that if I lived in Japan, this place would be my local too.
We like to start with a beer, often a Kirin, or Asahi; sometimes we move on to a sake carafe as they have a good selection of sakes (my Dearest Spouse is a pro at this, so trust me). Sometimes we might just stay with the beer. And in summer, they also had sweet cocktails at lunch time.
Food wise, I think I like pretty much everything. There’s something in the menu for everyone, and I like that if we have dinner here, we can choose dishes without rice, which can be a bit indigestible at night.
When it’s cold, a warm miso soup is always welcome:
The salads are one of my favourite aspects. Their ingredients are so fresh, and they are really unlike the salads I normally make for myself. All those seaweeds! Really yummy.
The gyozas are also really good, although we have to perform some ‘chopstick surgery’ in order to cut the fifth gyoza in two.
I said I don’t like eating too much rice for dinner, but I make an exception for some of this maki. We have sampled different ones each time.
I am a bit more ambivalent about the fried oysters, it depends on the day, but my partner loves them.
We asked for a lot of rolls this time, but we now tend to order the chef’s sashimi selection instead (and we’re so voracious we eat them before I get to take a picture!)
Marinated tofu – an unusual presentation!
I think the dessert options have been changing with the seasons, but again, there’s often something that might appeal to you.
On top of that, staff are really nice—attentive without being too attentive. And I want to think they’re starting to recognise us, and one day they’ll let me take all the pretty crockery with me ?
I can’t wait to go back! ????
64 Charlotte Street,