I’ve spent many a lunch or dinner time wandering around Melbourne CBD aimlessly, looking for a food option that’s light, light on the wallet and at least student-quality good. As such I’ve found myself at Hanaichi on many of those occasions. Even after another few […]
Welcome to the Sushi California, such a lovely place, such a lovely place… Well, it is. There’s a slogan on the window outside of “sushi with a style, prices with a smile”. That’s certainly lived up to in the experience at Sushi California.
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.
One of my absolute favourite chicken katsu curries in London, in one of the most surprising venues. Actually it’s a really strange mix at Cafe Shelley’s. It’s a sandwich bar, doing Turkish-type wraps, salads and jacket potatoes. Not other Japanese foods in sight. Rumour has […]
There’s a review for this place that simply summarised “the quality of the dim sum of horrific… but it at least has the decency to be cheap”. I was more complimentary. I was content with my recent outing, we were out for a leaving lunch […]
Nothing beats a bowl of warm tonkotsu ramen on a cold evening. And so far, every London evening has been cold. Well, almost every. I’ve made it to Shoryu Ramen in Kingly Court of Soho two times and both have been warming for the stomach and the heart. It’s not my favourite ramen joint by a wide mile, but it’s a good option when you need out.
I’ve had two experiences at Tombo Poke Matcha Bar in Soho. Once with the takeaway via MealPal and another for a sit down group meal. For both experiences I do find the food at Tombo Poke tasty and of high quality but the portions are […]
If you didn’t already know what tonkatsu is, it’s a deep fried pork cutlet served with shredded raw cabbage, sweet sauce, and rice. And if you want a most excellent one check out Mr Tonkatsu on Bloor Street West. I had a quaint evening exploring the […]
Try saying that name fast five times over. Funky interior stylings and hip staff make Ichi Ni Nana Izakaya a super cool spot for some not-so-traditional Japanese food stylings. Catalina and I popped in for a quick dinner before a film and we loved half the dishes we ordered and were a bit meh on the other half. It’s a huge menu so we had to seek advice from the staff on what to order from the countless options. It’s all sharing style. The tataki, lamb and (maybe) tofu were our favourites, with well-paced delivery and interesting and punchy flavour combos. The lamb I would come back for alone. The gyoza was more run of the mill and the eggplant dish didn’t have the right balance. It’s a large space at Ichi Ni Nana, and a loud one at that. We were fine to find a walk in table. Service was a little inconsistent but the vibe of the place is good, and do book if you don’t want to miss out.
The tataki ($18) was the first dish to arrive. It’s not a cheap dining experience at Ichi Ni Nana, but it is pretty. The slices of the scotch fillet were super tender and complemented with the ginger and soy dressing. Plenty of garnish to bulk up the visual size, but I was happy to pay for such fine beef.
Then things took a tofu turn. The agedashi tofu ($14) is served with mountain vegetables, broth and fried leek. I liked the circle execution with the broth with a nice mix of sweet and savoury notes. The only thing about tofu served this way is you need a good helping to broth in eating it since it doesn’t quite permeate through the full mass of tofu goodness. A good filler.
Then the gyoza. I thought these were a bit more forgettable, as I forget which filling we had ordered. The grill marks wasn’t quite as vivid as I like on my dumplings, and the inside was fine. At about $8-$10 for four of these kids, it isn’t really worth it for a few bites.
Cata and I adored this dish. The lamb saikyo yaki ($18) is two lamb cutlets that are charcoal grilled and coated in a sweet miso. This miso is to die for. It’s a lovely, exciting sweetness that is addictive and perfect on the lamb. The lamb was well prepared with in being medium rare and an enticing char, unlike the gyozas of yesterday.
Our final dish had us a little puzzled. The eggplant dish features long cuts coated in a sweet, teriyaki-like sauce. The balance of the sauce wasn’t there with it tasting a bit too rich and much too overpowering on the eggplant. You do get a fun five on the plate and it made sure we ended our experience full. But we weren’t that motivated to finish it. So overall we liked the cool vibe of Ichi Ni Nana, some of the dishes were fantastic and some were more pedestrian. Right through it remains a pricey affair but is hip factor might make it enticing for your next booking.