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“The #1 Japanese noodles in London” – especially for those who prefer udon, the fat wheat noodles eaten hot or cold that are a healthier alternative to ubiquitous ramen. The 10-year-old Soho original has been joined by a City bar in the Bloomberg Arcade, although an offshoot at Victoria Market Halls closed after only six months this year. Choose the “very interesting specials and consistently good udon – the rice dishes are nice, but not as memorable”. Top Tip – “one of the few Japanese restaurants open for breakfast in the West End”.
“Takes over where Koya (RIP) left off”, this “cramped” but “cool” Soho Japanese is “famous for udon noodles, but their small plates and donburi rice dishes are even better”. “The purity of the stocks and sauces is fantastic”, so it’s “well worth the queue” (you can’t book).
Monday to Wednesday 8.30am to 10.30pm; Thursday/Friday 8.30am to 11pm; Saturday 9.30am to 11pm; Sunday 9.30am to 10pm
Last orders: 10.30 pm, Thu-Sat 11 pm, Sun 10 pm