“The best black cod in London!” – some would argue the best Japanese food in London full stop – is to be found at this “magnificent” and “sophisticated” (if “crowded”) fusion-venue, hidden-away in Clapham; similar – but less ecstatic – praise for its Fitzrovia spin-off.
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At its best, the food at the long-established Clapham Japanese, of the same name, is very good indeed, so we were rather disappointed by our early-days visit to its new Fitzrovia offshoot.
Press Reviews (2)
Zoe Williams (26th January 2009)
The critic reviews the new Fitzrovia offshoot of a Clapham Japanese of some eminence. The level of ups and downs in the blow-by-blow account of her meal seems somewhat at odds with the generous overall mark.
Fay Maschler (22nd October 2008)
Fay’s review (based on a couple of visits) of this spin-off from the Clapham original (of which she has “fond memories”) reads along the lines of: nice food, shame about everything else. On the former, “the Nobulicious dishes are mostly very well prepared and presented” and her only gripe is expensive edamame. A wide variety of dishes are “excellent”… “in true Peruvian/Japanese style”… “delicate savoury”, or “shamelessly easy to like”. On the latter, though, the “narrow, tunnel-vision site” has an “awkwardness” with staff “forced to congregate … [by] the dumb waiter, which occasionally they emulate” [nice one!]. Potential customers arrive to “Haveyougotareservation”, which is “so inhospitable, so lacking in understanding of what restaurants should be there for”.