• Yatay is a new Japanese grill restaurant for Soho

    Yatay is a new Japanese grill restaurant for Soho

    Taking the place of Ichibuns in Chinatown, Yatay is a new Japanese robatayaki grill restaurant, inspired by the izakayas and street vendors of Tokyo (indeed, ‘Yatay’ is a reference to those very street vendors).

    In addition to the aforementioned grilling, pickling and fermenting will be a big thing on the menu by Head Chef Marco Ardemagni, who comes from Sushisamba. That

  • Katsute100 Japanese tea room arrives on Brick Lane

    katsute100 brick lane

    7/6/21 - amended with new opening date

    Islington's Japanese tea room Katsute100 is on the move - they're opening a second tea room, this time in Shoreditch.

    So, if you're on Brick Lane and suddenly get a craving for green tea and matcha crepe cake, this'll be the place to come. The new tea room and cafe will offer the same menu as their original Camden Passage space, so think fruit katsu sandos, nerikiri

  • Sachi Japanese restaurant comes to Pantechnicon

    Sachi Japanese restaurant comes to Pantechnicon

    It's been nearly a year since the huge Pantechnicon opened in Belgravia. While much of the building has been opened since then (when allowed), the basement restaurant, Sachi is only now getting ready to be unveiled. 

    The food carries on the Nordic and Japanese theme of the rest of the building. It's led by Head Chef Collin Hudson (previously Dinings and  Roka) who'll be working alongside

  • Junsei brings yakitori to Marylebone

    Junsei brings yakitori to Marylebone

    Junsei is all about yakitori skewers cooked over Binchōtan Japanese Charcoal. There are over 20 skewers available, not to mention charcoal seared Wagyu and more...

  • Japanese izakaya Apothecary takes over from Merchants Tavern in Shoreditch

    apothecary shoreditch restaurant and bar

    Expect cocktails, sushi and DJ sessions from this Japanese spot in Shoreditch

  • Mochi blew up TikTok, so expect London's first mochi bar at Japan Centre to be popular

    mochi bar japan centre london

    One of the oddest/fun things about TikTok is the way the platform creates viral food trends - like the baked feta pasta dish or the insane craze for Little Moons ice-cream mochi, which led to the dessert being about as hard to find in London as a pair of Nike Air Jordan 1 Highs.

    With that in mind, we're pretty sure that the arrival of London's first dedicated mochi bar, which opened this week, is going to do

  • Heddon Yokocho have the perfect solo dining solution for the times we're in - Shuchu booths

    shuchu dining booths at heddon yokocho

    In these new times we find ourselves, the idea of solo dining certainly has a lot going for it, being the ultimate in social distancing. And now, one West End restaurant has installed the perfect tables for those dining on their own.

    Heddon Yokocho first opened its doors before Lockdown 2, with a very retro style vibe. Now they've gone one step further, by installing Shuchu dining booths in their

  • Temaki handroll bar is coming to Brixton Market

    Temaki handroll bar is coming to Brixton Market

    A top Japanese chef is promising to serve up some excellent hand rolls at this tiny Brixton sushi bar. 

  • Humble Chicken will be Angelo Sato's Soho yakitori bar

    Humble Chicken will be Angelo Sato's Soho yakitori bar

    Chef Angelo Sato brings a slice of Japan's yakitori style to the heart of Soho with a restaurant focused on using every part of the chicken.

  • Sushi Revolution opens in Brixton, from Sticks'n'Sushi alumni

    Sushi Revolution opens in Brixton, from Sticks & Sushi alumni

    A new sushi restaurant has opened in Brixton that looks well worth checking out. Sushi Revolution comes from two people who have come from Sticks'n'Sushi,  Aidan Bryan and Tom Blackshaw, and this is their first venture going It alone. 

    The name comes from the kind of menu they're serving. So there's the more classic sushi offering or the "revolution" side of

  • Daisuke Hayashi is opening Roketsu Kaiseki restaurant in Marylebone

    Daisuke Hayashi to preview Roketsu restaurant at Brown's Hotel

    After previewing the restaurant in a residency at Brown's, chef Daisuke Hayashi is getting ready to open Roketsu in Marylebone.

    Hayashi came to London after training at the Kikunoi Ryotei restaurant in Kyoto and as a protege of seven-Michelin-starred chef Yoshihiro Murata. He has since been Executive Head chef at Tokimeitē in Mayfair. His new

  • Marugame Udon picks Spitalfields for its London noodle expansion

    marugame udon liverpool street

    Updated 24/3/21 with opening date and more info

    It seems the pandemic isn't stopping plans for big new openings in London. Among them will be the huge Japanese udon noodle chain Marugame Udon which has taken a site just opposite Liverpool Street. 

    The restaurant is all about Sanuki Udon, popular in the Kagawa Prefecture of Japan (and the name Sanaki was what Kagawa was called in the

  • Daisuke Hayashi is serving up Japanese Airline bento boxes to Londoners during lockdown

    roketsu bento box delivery london

    Normally, the very idea of missing in-flight catering would be met with hollow laughter by anyone more used to cattle class on Ryanair and Easyjet. But, when that in-flight catering is Japan Airlines, we're talking about a whole different ball game.

    Now, Daisuke Hayashi, the chef responsible for the food on JAL, and who is getting ready to open his restaurant Roketsu here in London (previously ...

  • Test Driving Angelina - Japan meets Italy in this Dalston delivery


    Japanese/Italian restaurant Angelina has been delivering regularly changing meals in the lockdown. We gave their latest set menu a try.  

  • Test Driving Chotto Matte from Restaurant Box - knocking up a Nikkei feast in your own kitchen


    If you've ever fancied trying to make nikkei food at home, the Chotto Matte meal kit from Restaurant Box is a low-effort way to do just that. 

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