Cool summer lunch at Tombo Deli and Cafe

Tombo Deli and Cafe I don’t know about you, but with the summer we’re having, my thoughts turn to light, healthy lunches in cool places. Something salad-focused with a bit of a difference to tempt a summer appetite. Well, I’ve found just the place. It’s in South Kensington, just around the corner from the V&A, but off the tourist track so it’s quiet and relaxed. It’s called Tombo and it serves healthy Japanese food. Continue reading

A convivial evening at Matsuri St James’s

Tempura at MatsuriI’ve had Matsuri listed on my Japanese Restaurants page ever since I started this blog. It’s one of the first Japanese restaurants in London I ever went to (back in the nineties) and I was taken there by people from the Japanese Embassy which is a good indicator of quality and authenticity. So when I was invited to a bloggers’ evening at the restaurant, which has just relaunched its sushi bar and appointed a new head chef, I jumped at the chance to go back and see how this old favourite was doing in a slightly newer guise. Continue reading

Cherry Blossom Time at Sake no Hana

Sake no HanaI’ve done quite a few posts about cherry blossom this spring, but with the Spring Bank Holiday upon us, the sun shining and the cherry blossom giving way to lilac and rhododendrons , I’ve got a different kind of cherry blossom to tell you about – the pop-up cherry blossom menu at Sake no Hana. Continue reading

A nostalgic night at Kiku Japanese restaurant

YudofuI haven’t been to Kiku in years. I’ve walked passed it a few times, on my way to the Curzon Mayfair, and it always looks just the same as it always did – a reassuring presence, somewhere I know I can go if I ever hanker after proper Japanese food. And then that day came and the OH and I, in need of a Japanese fix, headed for Kiku once again. And guess what? It hasn’t changed a bit. Continue reading

(Don’t) hold the soy sauce – Yashin Sushi

Yashin SushiYashin Sushi isn’t the kind of place I’d normally hang out. For one thing, it’s in Kensington, just off Kensington High St, and for a North Londoner like me that’s a bit of a trek. Plus it pulls a fashionable crowd, especially in the evenings, while I tend to go for more traditional Japanese places. But I was invited there for lunch by some Japanese friends and I was very glad I went. Continue reading

Sushi at Home Book Launch

Sushi at HomeSushi is getting to be so popular in London now, it’s hard to believe there was a time when we all thought eating raw fish was weird. And plenty of people are making sushi themselves, which makes the publication of Yuki Gomi’s new cookbook, Sushi at Home, very timely. I don’t do much cooking myself but if you do, this is the book for you. Continue reading

Learn perfect sushi at Sozai Cooking School

Sushi at Sozai Cooking SchoolI’d better start with a confession – I’m the world’s worst cook. But I like to eat, especially at restaurants where you can get real Japanese food, so I was already a fan of So Japanese Restaurant when I got an invitation to the opening party for their new cookery school, Sozai. I signed up right away, lured not so much by the cookery demonstration, more by the thought of eating the results afterwards. Continue reading

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Jiro Ono

I’ve just been to see Jiro Dreams of Sushi and I think you should go and see it too. In fact, a lot of other people think you should go and see it. It has a rating of 7.8 on the IMDb and a 99% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The Guardian film reviewer loved it; the Telegraph film reviewer loved it; the Observer film reviewer loved it…and so on. You get the picture. So what is it? A documentary about a sushi restaurant, that’s what. But it’s not your average sushi restaurant. Continue reading