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Tonkotsu
63 Dean Street, W1D 4QG
London
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Tonkotsu is a Japanese Ramen restaurant in Soho, which as many places in Soho has a no reservations policy so you may need to wait when you go there (I went there on a Friday evening and had to wait 20 minutes to be seated). Waiting is actually not that bad as you can watch the chefs plate ramen noodle soups, as they are located just by the entrance. The restaurant occupies two floors and we were seated on the second floor. You may know another very famous noodle restaurant in Soho called Koya, which has been named by many reviews as one of the best Japanese noodle restaurants, and I love Koya (MMMM), so I was very keen to try Tonkotsu, as I had also read somewhere that they served great gyoza, of which I am a huge fan.

 

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3.00

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Miyama
17 Godliman Street, City of London, EC4V 5BD
London
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Miyama is a cute little Japanese restaurant. They have 2 branches, one in Mayfair and one in City, and I only have been to the City branch, but I have been there a few times. I first found out about Miyama because my friend Rob loves this restaurant and he suggested we go there for lunch. Miyama City branch is hidden on a little side street (Godliman Street) on the south side of St Paul’s and is not easy to come across, and you have to know where you are going. 

 

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3.50

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Koya
49 Frith Street, W1D 4SG
London
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I love good noodles, the kind of noodles Kung Fu Panda’s dad makes, and often when I have been craving noodles I go to Wagamama, only to be disappointed by the lack of quality and flavours. So you can imagine how excited I was when I read in a food blog that Koya was one of the best noodle places in London, so on a nice Saturday morning I went there to satisfy my craving for good noodles. 

 

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4.00

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Zuma
5 Raphael Street, Knightsbridge
London
United Kingdom
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I am sure most people have been to Zuma or at least have heard of Zuma, it remains one of the most popular modern Japanese restaurants in London, and even though I try to be critical of it, it just remains amazing, food is top class and it is so hard to fault the place, and so this review will be quite boring as it is so complimentary. Zuma is located on a back street in Knightsbridge, 5min walk from Harrods and does izakaya-style Japanese food, which means dishes are brought to the table continuously throughout the meal, and the menu is very varied consisting of cold fish and meat dishes, sushi and sashimi, robata style grill dishes and Zuma specialities, so the risk is that you get too excited about the various choices and over order (which happens to me all the time).

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5.00

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Nobu Old Park Lane
19 Old Park Lane, Greater London
London
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The first time I went to Nobu was 12 years ago (3 years after it first opened) when I first came to London to study at a girls boarding school, and to treat me at least a tiny bit before this quite daunting experience, my dad took me to Nobu. Ever since then I have been to Nobu a few times over the years, but only last week I discovered that Nobu does Japanese food with a big Peruvian/ Latin American influence. The fact that I went to Peru 2 months ago and had Peruvian dishes you can see on Nobu’s menu - tiradito, ceviche and anticucho – helped me appreciate this. The fact that I had discovered this very interesting thing about Nobu made me very excited as I love fusion food, and also as I had been to Zuma and Roka recently and so was keen to compare how this Latin American influence made the dishes in Nobu different.

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4.00

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Roka
37 Charlotte Street, W1T 1RR ‎
London
United Kingdom
GB

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Roka is one my favourite overall Japanese restaurant in London (note for specific things like sushi, okonomiyaki etc I prefer some other Japanese restaurants), and I do maintain this after my last visit. Roka is a sister restaurant to Zuma (MMMMM), another excellent Japanese restaurant in London and has two branches in London, the original one, located on Charlotte street in Fitzrovia, and a more recent branch in Canary Wharf. Roka also has a very cool and funky bar where you can go before or after your meal and even have some of the dishes from Roka there.

 

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5.00

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Yashin
1A Argyll Road W8 7DB
London
United Kingdom
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I think Yashin is one of the best sushi places in London (not to be confused with the best Japanese restaurant, as Yashin focuses on sushi and even though they have other dishes sushi (sashimi) is what you have to eat there)! Yashin is located on a quiet street just off High Street Kensington and is quite a small restaurant and you can either eat on the ground floor at the sushi bar or downstairs in the basement where they have small tables. The 2 main chefs and owners Yasuhiro Mineno and Shinya Ikeda have been chefs for many years and worked in many good restaurants (Yasuhiro was at Ubon, the sister restaurant to Nobu, before opening Yashin). The interesting thing about Yashin is that in the restaurant you are discouraged to eat soy sauce with their sushi, their moto is "without soy sauce, but if you want to"...

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5.00

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Limo
Portal de Carnes
Cusco
Peru
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Limo is one of my favourite restaurants in Peru, and my favourite one in Cusco. I had read a review on Limo and really wanted to go there, mainly because the restaurant overlooked from above the main plaza of Cusco, Plaza de Armas, and had a nice view of the church in the square and the surrounding mountains. I thought it would be great to have dinner with this view, but the food was also superb.

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4.00

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Sakana Tei
11 Maddox Street, W1S 2QF
London
United Kingdom
GB

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I don’t think my review does this restaurant justice and I actually advise you to look at the reviews for this restaurant that some of my fellow food bloggers have done, and you will have my sort of experience only if you don’t know anything much about this restaurant. The point of this restaurant, is that they have an amazing menu in Japanese and you need to speak to the owner or his wife and let them help you order food, then they will bring you some amazing things. Ordering from the menu they give you in English all the usual things just wont do this restaurant justice, but that is exactly what I did. So don’t do what I did, go there and engage with the people and let them help you.

 

Maija rated: 

3.50

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Miyako
Andaz Hotel, 40 Liverpool Street, EC2M 7QN
London
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Miyako is a Japanese restaurant located in the Andaz hotel. Andaz has a few restaurants, and this one is the smallest and the most casual one and accessed from a side street. Still however if you go there you get to see the beautiful Andaz hotel and use their bathrooms. 

 

Maija rated: 

3.50

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