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Defune
34 George Street, W1U 7DP
London
United Kingdom
GB

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Defune is a wonderful Japanese restaurant in Marylebone, and apparently the longest running Japanese restaurant in London as they have been open for 35 years. I went to Defune for lunch with my friend Vlad. I had been to Defune before, but a very long time ago, so I wanted to go back and try it again. Getting hold of them was a bit of a struggle. I called three times and only with the third time managed to get hold of the restaurant and book a table for Friday lunch, although that would not have been necessary as the restaurant was half full.

 

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3.50

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Dinings
22 Harcourt Street, W1H 4HH
London
United Kingdom
GB

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Dinings is one of my favourite Japanese restaurants in London. Dinings is very different to your average Japanese restaurant as it serves fusion British/ Japanese food, and does it so skillfully I am always amazed. I never thought you could do good British/Japanese fusion food before I went to Dinings, but they do it perfectly, and you almost think this sort of fusion food could rival Japanese food. The food was originally based on the traditional Japanese Izakaya style of cuisine, however since opening 6 years ago Dinings has created a new type of fusion Izakaya food.

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4.50

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Novikov - Asian Restaurant
50A Berkeley St, W1J 8HA
London
United Kingdom
GB

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Novikov was the first restaurant I ever reviewed, when I started doing my food reviews a year and a half ago. At that point though I was not taking any pictures and also the reviews were a few lines short, so I thought I should do another, better review. When I first went to Novikov I gave it MMM, but after visiting it this time I think the food has truly improved and is good, and if before it would not be one of the obvious places to go to for me, then now it is.

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4.00

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Shoryu Ramen
9 Regent St, SW1Y 4LR
London
United Kingdom
GB

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There have been a lot of Japanese ramen restaurants opening in London recently, and all in or around Soho – Tonkotsu (MMM), Bone Daddies (MMM) and now Shoryu Ramen, and I find it quite hard to differentiate between them. I personally think Tonkotsu and Bone Daddies have more character to the place (maybe Shoryu Ramen better food) and I was surprised to see how polite and European and sophisticated Shoryu Ramen was.

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3.00

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Sushinho
9a Devonshire Square, EC2M 4AE
London
United Kingdom
GB

I first had Asian and Latin American fusion food in Nobu a few years ago, but ever since this type of food has become very popular with the openings of Asia de Cuba, Sushi Samba and now Sushinho. Sushinho blends Brazilian and Japanese food and tries to serve you food that you would find in Rio and Sao Paolo prepared by some of the 1.8 million Japanese people that now live in Brazil.

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2.50

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Sola
12 Rue de l'Hôtel Colbert 75005
Paris
France
FR

This is such a gem of a restaurant. Sola has 1 Michelin star and serves fusion French and Japanese food for very reasonable prices (EUR50 for a lunch tasting menu which has 6 courses that could easily be served in a top Michelin star restaurant and for a price you don’t usually see in any Michelin restaurant) it is an absolutely bargain and just wonderful. The main chef is Hiroki Yashitake and he comes from south of Japan and he has worked in many French restaurants around the world before starting in Sola in December 2010 at the age of 30.  Sola is located in the 5th district close to Notre-Dame Cathedral and it is located on a side street so unless you know where to go, chances are you are not going to walk past this place.

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5.00

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Bone Daddies
31 Peter St W1F 0AR
London
United Kingdom
GB

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I thought this was the best Ramen place in London up until the very last moment when I actually tasted my noodles. Bone Daddies is the latest Japanese noodle restaurant to be opened in Soho (London is going through a mini noodle craze it seems), on a small side street, and Bone Daddies is by far the coolest/ trendiest ramen place in my view. The name of the restaurant apparently can be interpreted in a bit of a sexual way (my boyfriend tells me and had to explain, as little naïve me would not get it), and also on the menu alcohol is divided into "hard" (not so strong alcohol) and "harder" (stronger alcohol) and you can find "Asahi super creamy head" beer on the menu, which I don't think Asahi named in that way.

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3.00

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Noodles
Schiphol airport 1118 CP
Schiphol
Netherlands
NL

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This ramen noodle place is one of the reasons why I love Schiphol airport in Amsterdam. A few years ago my friend William recommended that on my way home to London when I am in Schiphol airport I should try this ramen noodle place called “noodles”, and ever since every time I am in Schiphol airport I go there (I once almost missed a flight as I had to stop at the noodle place before my flight). The place is like a hut, it is not a restaurant, but just literally a hut serving noodles, with little models of different noodle soups you can order at the front behind a glass window so you can see and chose, which is great, as you always know what you are going to get. London has had a recent “noodle craze” with a lot of noodle restaurants opening up, but this place has been there for years.

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2.50

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Chrysan
1 Snowden Street EC2A 2DQ
London
United Kingdom
GB

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Chrysan is such an interesting/ slightly weird place and I don’t think I truly understand it. Chrysan is owned by the same people that own Hakkasan and is a newly opened Japanese restaurant close to Bishopsgate. But it is so different to Hakassan. Whilst Hakassan is buzzing and has table turning, Chrysan was almost empty when we arrived and the bar had no people and only 1/10 of the restaurant was occupied, which meant I was not kicked out after 2 hours of eating and also had a lot of attention from the waitresses. Also whilst Hakassan serves very mainstream Chinese food, the kind of food when you look at the menu, you know, totally understand and feel comfortable to choose, Chrysan is totally different, and when I looked at the menu I had trouble recognizing any of the dishes and I had not seen almost any of these anywhere else.

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3.00

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Sushi Tetsu
Jerusalem Passage EC1V 4JP
London
United Kingdom
GB

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Sushi Tetsu is the most amazing and homely and sweet sushi place in London, and I really want to work hard and earn loads of money just so I can afford to go there more. Sushi Tetsu has been named one of the best new restaurants in London by the Hardens guide and received recognition from various other food critics and it is located in Clarkenwell on a small alley way and run by a husband and wife, Harumi and Toru Takahashi. The husband is the sushi chef and the wife does everything else from welcoming you, to taking your order and to washing the dishes. The place only seats 7 people, as the sushi chef physically cant make more sushi for more people, so it is extremely cozy in the room as you sit by the sushi counter and watch the husband make sushi.

Maija rated: 

5.00

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