Dotori, Finsbury Park, London

Dotori, Finsbury Park, London

So… Dotori in Finsbury Park has always been a bit of a mixed bag for me. I agree it’s the best Japanese-Korean restaurant in London. And I’m not sure if I mean that as an aggregate, or that it is the best Japanese restaurant AND the best Korean restaurant. But. And a big but; I always find the service lacking. It’s a ridiculously popular eatery and the both times Ive been there’s also a serious waiting time. Luckily, there’s a pub nearby to nurse a pint until you get the bell.

dotori tempura

Awkward first dates

My first encounter with Dotori was solo, and I had such high hopes when I went in. It’s one of the highest places rated on Zomato London, but that itself can be kinda of a faff. The food at Dotori is actually excellent. I went almost all vegetarian on my first go. But there was a massive delay with the food and errors on my order, so I stopped wanting to return for a while after that time. I didn’t find the food enough to compensate for the poor (and actually rude) service at the time, so my initial review wasn’t great and I was not a fan. The tempura (above, and below in the bento) is yum, but I do find myself feeling a bit sickly after having so much fried things. Best to vary, no doubt.

dotori bento tempura yasai

Second time lucky

Eventually my grudges dissipated and I was ready for more. So this time we had four in tow and we found a table downstairs after the aforementioned drink. It’s a kind of a place that you can share in, but then again you can order your own bento/ donburi/ bibimbap and be done with that. Agedashi tofu sets the tone – a lot of fried option, but there’s all sing good things to me.

dotori tofu

Big fan of the chicken karage, one of the best in town although stingy on the mayo. Potato-starch coated, they are crunchy and tender morsels.

dotori-karage

Dotori is a restaurant that’s 50% Japanese and 50% Korean I mainly am a sucker for all the Jap options though. One of the Korean dishes that I have tried is the spicy pork which is plentiful and scrumptious.

dotori pork

The bento boxes are about the £10 mark and provide a perfect square meal. As well as your main dish you get sides including the fried chicken, gyoza and some salad. I was so full after this. Anyway! I found my second act with Dotori filled with redemption, the food is fantastic and it’s worth clawing your way in for a table. Try and book if you can to avoid the chaos, but I will inevitably come back as it’s simply too good to resist.

4/5

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