Sep 28 2014



It was a Sunday and I was seriously craving some ramen noodles, as I think they are a good hangover food and I had a few too many glasses of champagne the night before. In the evening standard newspaper a few days earlier there had been an article on the best ramen places in London and the article said how London had gone crazy for ramen in the last few years and that more places were opening up. The ramen places that I really wanted to go to were either closed (Kanada-ya) or too far (United Ramen in Islington), so I decided to go Dozo, a Japanese restaurant that also served ramen.

There are 2 Dozo restaurants in London, one In Soho, closest to me where I went, and one in South Kensington. Dozo is located on one of the busiest streets in Soho and I have walked past the restaurant many times and never actually noticed it, so I guess you need to know about it to go there. When I arrived I was also positively surprised to see only Asian people (Chinese and Japanese) in the restaurant, always a good sign. We did not have to wait long to be seated and we were shown to our place and you sit on sort of Japanese mats.

The menu has everything, rice dishes, ramen, sushi, sashimi and many other things. I was set on my bowl of ramen, so I went for House Tonkatsu Ramen for £10.80 which had  noodles in tonkatsu broth with pork, nitamago egg, bamboo shoot, nori, mayu. The ramen was good, very typical and very Japanese. It did not have any of that funky stuff that the modern ramen restaurants like Tonkotsu and Bone Daddies do, it was a solid portion of ramen, with nice broth and good extras. My boyfriend instead of getting ramen noodles, which he does not eat these days as he tries to be gluten free, ordered a rice dish. He did try to order a ramen dish with soba noodles, but the waitress I don’t think fully understood him and told him he could not have it. So he ordered a dish called Oyako Don which had chicken with shitake mushroom, carrot, onion & seasoned egg served on rice, it was quite a nice rice dish, tasty.

We also decided to order some sushi to share and ordered nigiri sushi and chose to have pieces with fatty tuna (which after our trip to Japan we love), eel and salmon. The sushi was good, made at the sushi counter on one side of the restaurant. Although last time I had fatty tuna in Japan and the taste of the fatty tuna at Dozo although good was not as amazing as the one I remember from Japan. The salmon and eel were good, just like fish should be in a good sushi restaurant. I also ordered a mixed seaweed with sesame dressing salad called Kaiso Salad, which was quite nice, but not the best seaweed salad I have had.

I liked Dozo, it seemed very authentic. The service was a bit confusing and they forgot to bring us the extra fatty tuna sashimi we had ordered, but the food was very good. Unpretentious good Japanese food.

Date: 28/ 09/ 14
Location: Soho
Price for 2 people, no alcohol : £69.10

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