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When I told the manager how much we’d enjoyed the short-rib, he remarked that it’s too fatty for lots of British people. We assured him that those people could never, ever be our friends. Kintan is London’s first Yakiniku restaurant (at least as far as I know) but I’m sure it won’t be the last. After all, there’s much more ...

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Chasiu men

If you’re a die hard ramen fan, Kanada-Ya is definitely one for your bucket list. Actually sod that, just go Just when you thought the ramen revolution had peaked, the big guns from Japan have arrived. First Kanada-Ya sprang up on St. Giles High Street, closely followed by Ippudo – directly across the road. What an amazing coincidence. Kanada-Ya has ...

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Chisou Chiswick


I’m sure that there are plenty of good restaurants in Chiswick. Why wouldn’t there be? The thing is that I’ve never really thought of it as a go-to place for quality Japanese food. At least I hadn’t until I found Chisou. They also have branches in Mayfair and Knightsbridge but we were in Chiswick and our first challenge was actually ...

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Sticks n Sushi

Grilled scallop with tobiko,  spring onion, lime & unagi sauce (£6.20 for 2 pieces)

It’s probably the best sushi in Denmark (and Covent Garden) Denmark is punching well above its weight just now. With TV shows like The Killing attracting a cult following and the likes of Noma serving up some of the most innovative food around, it’s little wonder that Copenhagen is developing a reputation as one of the happiest places in the ...

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Sushi Tetsu

Salmon roe warship

Can a restaurant that’s so hard to get into really live up to its own hype? We say a resounding ‘yes’. Tucked away down an unassuming little Clerkenwell alley is Sushi Tetsu. It’s a traditional Japanese sushi bar, run by chef Toru Takahashi and his wife Harumi.  He previously worked as a sushi chef at Nobu for seven years and ...

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Tonkotsu – A bowlful of porky comfort


There’s many an evening when we don’t have a set plan. We just want to grab a quick, tasty bite without spending a fortune. Something relaxed, comforting and hassle free. On those occasions, we find that ramen fits the bill perfectly. It’s not just us who feel that way. Ramen is ‘the’ comfort food of Japan. It’s what people look ...

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Roka, Charlotte St – Great food, pushy service, big bill

Miso black cod

There is some fantastic Japanese food on offer in London right now and few restaurants have as built as big a reputation as Roka. With this in mind, I was delighted to get the chance to try it for myself. Sadly though, the London Piggy was unable to attend so you’re going to have to take the Hog’s word for ...

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