One of my favourite Japanese restaurants in London is Donzoko (which I believe means “The Lower Depths”? – but don’t let this put you off :-)) and definately one of the best Japanese restaurants in town. It is a small restaurant on Kingly Street just behind Regent Street which I have been visiting at least once a month for the past 4 years. I made a last minute booking at Donzoko last Friday after feeling a little too lazy to cook and got to the extremely packed restaurant for 8pm. I was lucky to be given a table as the restaurant only seats around 25 people and 8 at the sushi counter. They have an extensive menu with a lot of dishes that you would not normally find in other Japanese restaurants around London. The food is very authentic and cooked by Japanese chefs in an open kitchen in a corner of the restaurant.
I would highly recommend the aubergine with garlic and miso sauce (see picture below) which is the best I’ve ever had in any restaurant. The aubergine just melts in your mouth and the miso sauce and garlic complement each other well (very tasty!). I also had a generous portion of pumpkin tempura which was perfectly cooked in a light crispy batter and tanuki udon (udon soup with tempura bits) which again I think is the best I’ve tasted as the soup is deliciously sweet. I tend to stick with these few dishes everytime I visit as its so good that I can’t help but keep ordering the same thing! However, what I’ve tasted from the rest of the menu has been excellent although the sushi is maybe not as good as other places. The green tea ice cream is a perfect ending to a meal there and has a strong sweet green tea flavour with a bitter aftertaste as opposed to some green tea ice creams which I’ve had that taste like vanilla ice cream with green food colouring!
Staff are always polite and efficient and the owner is a lovely lady who will always greet you with a smile and thank you profusely when you leave. Cost for a meal for 2 is around £30 which is excellent value for an authentic experience.
So that’s 2 down now for my Japanese Restaurant Mission, another gazillion to go!!
Donzoko Address: 15 Kingly Street, London, W1B 5PS
Telephone Number: 020 7734 1974
Opening Times: 12pm – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10.15pm (Mon – Fri) 6pm – 10.15pm (Sat)
Aubergine with garlic and miso sauce
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