Harden's survey result
“Mouth-watering food” – “French-style with a difference” – wows almost all visitors to Jun Tanaka’s “informal fine-dining” joint in Fitzrovia. “The food is taken seriously but the atmosphere is grounded and relaxed” – “when I want a solid and thoughtful meal, I go here”. Better still, it’s “a bit of a bargain for the quality”, and there’s “huge value in the wine list for a Michelin restaurant”.
“It’s all about the food” – you could call it “casual Michelin” – at Jun Tanaka’s Fitzrovia HQ, which provides a “relaxed”, “buzzing” (and quite “romantic”) environment in which to enjoy his “innovative” and sometimes “amazing” culinary creations. Quibbles? – “it’s quite a difficult menu to get your mind around” (“we were told it was small plates but were still asked to choose separate courses each”); and “although it’s a pretty space it can feel a bit cramped”.
Jun Tanaka’s “consistently brilliant food – simple but immaculately presented, with amazing flavours” – wins rave reviews for his “shabby-chic-meets-modern-industrial” Fitzrovia yearling, also praised also for its “lovely” staff. Having said that, there is a minority who feel it has been hyped: “it was good, but after all the raves, I somehow expected more”.
Jun Tanaka’s Fitzrovia newcomer wins praise both for his “exceptional” cooking and some “exceedingly pleasant service”. Some reporters gripe that “decor is lacking” though, or feel that “tables are too small for the sharing plates format”.
The Ninth London Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Tempted by the reviews on Google and Hardens went here for dinner with friends. What a great choice with food of exceptional flavour and preparation. The service was friendly with very knowledgable staff regarding the food."
"Superb sharing plates of exceptional quality particularly the duck. Service was attentive without being interfering and explained the various dishes and combinations with great clarity. An excellent evening. "
"Some interesting dishes; scallops with dashi and what the waitress said was horseradish- more like mooli; an odd panzanella that was too low on bread and too high on other mixed herbal flavors; a great roasted sea bass. The snacks were good - interesting little morsels like the anchovy on panisse. I left though wondering why it has a star from Michelin and at least two restaurants in Dublin with more exciting food (consistently) have only bibs. "
"Expensive but fantastically inventive and delicious food. Worth it for a special evening out."
|Wine per bottle||£26.00|
22 Charlotte Street, London, W1T 2NB
|Monday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑10 pm|
|Tuesday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑10 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑10 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑10:30 pm|
|Friday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑10:30 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑10:30 pm|