Hare And Tortoise Restaurant

Posted on September 15th, 2011 in Mission - Japanese Restaurants by Stephanie

Although not entirely a Japanese restaurant, the bulk of the menu is hearty Japanese food at great value for money plus Malaysian dishes such as the ever popular Curry Laksa and Char Kway Teow. Hare and Tortoise has a huge menu including everday Japanese cuisine such as donburi rice bowls, ramen noodles, sushi, sashimi, tempura and plenty of appetisers, sides and desserts. The food is good quality, fresh authentic food and the service is efficient however a little on the cold side. But at less than £10 on average per meal for a big portion of great Japanese food, who can complain.

Hare and Tortoise Food

The Ealing branch of the restaurant being my local branch is the one that I frequent but there are also branches in Putney, Bloomsbury, Kensington and Blackfriars. The Ealing branch, recently refurbished and expanded, has a simple and modern design, great place to grab a meal with friends. For more information on Hare and Tortoise, visit their website HERE.

Hare And Tortoise Ealing

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Itsu Japanese Restaurant London

Posted on September 8th, 2011 in Mission - Japanese Restaurants by Stephanie

Itsu started off as a kaiten sushi (or conveyer belt sushi) restaurant in Chelsea in 1997 and has since opened 2 more restaurants and 25 takeaway shops in London. The food going around on the conveyor belts in their restaurants is mostly western style sushi and Japanese dishes with other asian fusion dishes thrown in such as their hoi sin duck cystal rolls and vietnamese chilli prawns. They also serve hot food which can be ordered from the menu as well as bento boxes. I would say that the food in Itsu is average and I generally wouldn’t choose to dine there however their creme brulee is so good that it is the one thing that draws me there.

I however tend to frequent the Itsu takeaway shops as it is a good place to grab a quick and healthy lunch or mid-afternoon snack. Their takeaway shops serve sushi sets, salad sets and donburi (rice bowls) as well as a good selection of drinks, snacks and frozen yoghurts. The shops also have seating areas if you don’t fancy eating outside or at work.

Itsu Sushi Boxes

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Posted on August 27th, 2007 in Mission - Japanese Restaurants by Stephanie

Zipangu is a little Japanese restaurant in Chinatown that I haven’t visited since I was a student but decided to pop in there to get a quick bite last Saturday night.  Their menu consists of mainly sushi, sashimi, noodles and donburi (meat/seafood/vegetables on rice).  I had a katsu don (deep-fried breaded pork cutlets, onion, and egg in a sweet sauce on rice) and my friend had a kimchi ramen (noodles in a spicy soup with kimchi (spicy seasoned vegetables) and pork).  The kimchi ramen is basically like instant noodles that you would get in a japanese or korean supermarket but the katsu don was very authentic.  The pork was a little fatty but it was not oily and the sauce on the rice was very tasty.  It is extremely good value for money and only cost £10.60 for the two of us with a free flow of green tea.  The restaurant is very small and a bit cramped but the service is friendly and efficient so it is a great place to get a quick and cheap bite. 

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Zipangu Address: 8 Little Newport Street, Chinatown, London, WC2H 7JJ.
Telephone Number: 020 7437 5042
Opening Times: Mon-Thurs: 12:00-23:00, Fri-Sat: 12:00-23:30, Sun: 12:00-22:30

Katsu Don
Katsu Don

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Bincho Yakatori

Posted on August 19th, 2007 in Mission - Japanese Restaurants by Stephanie

It was a pretty dreary day in London yesterday so I decided to treat myself to lunch at Bincho Yakatori.  It was my first time dining there and we were given a nice table overlooking the River Thames.  Bincho Yakatori is located on the 2nd floor of the OXO tower near Waterloo so it is perfect for great views overlooking the city.  The interior has a very modern decor however the tables are tightly packed in so not really the place for a quiet date.  The restaurant primarily serves Kushiyaki (barbecued meat/seafood/vegetables on skewers) so we ordered a variety of different types including scallop, tofu, aubergine, eel and corn fed chicken.  The kushiyaki was good, far better than the ones I had recently in Yakitoria, they were sweet and tasty although the scallop could have had more flavouring but the tofu and aubergine were well complemented with sweet miso paste.  We also had garlic buttered fried rice which was absolutely divine as well as some tori tatsu age (deep fried marinated chicken) which was fried in a very light crisp flour batter leaving the chicken succulent and juicy.  To finish, I had a layered banana cake which was nicely warmed and accompanied with green tea ice cream which was a bit to creamy for my liking but had a rich green tea flavour.  All-in-all I enjoyed the meal, however, having booked our table through Toptable we were supposed to get 50% off the food, but the restaurant forgot this so we quite embarrassingly had to ask them about it and to top it off, they only took 25% off so in the end I had to go up to the till to get it fixed!  But otherwise it is a very good deal and cost £26 for the two of us so I will definately be back there to sample the rest of the menu (they have soya milk donuts on their dessert menu which I am very curious to try)!

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Bincho Yakatori Address: 2nd Floor, Oxo Tower, Barge House Street, London SE1 9PH.
Telephone Number: 020 7803 0858
Opening Times: 12-3pm, 5-11.30pm (Mon-Fri), 12pm-11.30pm (Sat), 12pm-10.30pm (Sun)


Scallop, eel and corn fed chicken kushiyaki

Garlic Buttered Rice and Tori Tatsu Age

Garlic buttered rice and tori tatsu age

Traditional Layered Banana Cake With Green Tea Ice Cream  

Traditional layered banana cake and green tea ice cream

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Sushi World

Posted on August 7th, 2007 in Mission - Japanese Restaurants by Stephanie

I ordered a takeaway from Sushi World yesterday after feeling too tired to cook dinner after my street dance class.  Sushi World is one of my favourite local Japanese restaurants and has one of the best california roll (my favourite sushi roll! :-)) and ten-don (tempura on rice) that I’ve tasted.  The california roll is very tasty with a generous amount of tobiko (flying fish roe) and maybe even better than the ones at Matsuri and the tempura in the ten-don is always fried to perfection and accompanied with a delicious sweet tempura sauce on the rice.  The food is very authentic and cooked by Japanese chefs and the service is always fast and friendly.  I decided to get 12 pieces of california roll for £8 which is really good value for money.

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Sushi World Address: 58 Pitshanger Lane  London W5 1QY.
Telephone Number: 020 8997 6057
Opening Times: 6pm – 10pm (Mon), 12pm – 2pm & 6pm – 10pm (Tues, Wed), 12pm – 2pm & 6pm – 10.30pm (Thurs – Sat), 12pm – 2pm & 6pm – 9.30pm (Sun) 

California Roll 

California Roll

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