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The latest Eat Tokyo branch to open is in Covent Garden.

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Summary

£40
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2
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2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Proper” Japanese food at a “very affordable price” (“the sushi is seemingly no more expensive than Yo! Sushi, but so much better quality”) ensures that these Tokyo-inspired pitstops are “always busy” and there are “often queues”. “The canteen atmosphere and sometimes inflexible service doesn’t make you want to linger” but no-one cares given the “extensive menu – made with fresh ingredients and served up super quick – that’s good overall value”. Top Tip – “the bento boxes are tasty and authentic”.

Summary

£38
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3
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2
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1
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Spartan surroundings…”, “efficient service but can be stilted and without a smile…” yet “all is ultimately forgiven” at these “always busy” and “always reliable” Japanese canteens. “Given the price, you’d expect real mediocrity” and yet meals are almost invariably “acceptable and good quality (if somewhat formulaic)”. Top Tip – “lovely bento boxes”. (The ‘G2’ Golders Green branch specialises in Shabu Shabu – a variety of broths).

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£35
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3
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2
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

This veteran group has served up “authentic Japanese food”“always fresh, tasty and beautifully presented” – for four decades, at its half-dozen “basic” (ignore the “tired” decor) but “extremely reliable and good-value” London diners. They “never disappoint”, with “consistently excellent sashimi and sushi, using really high-quality fish”. Venues stretch from Hammersmith via Notting Hill to Soho, Covent Garden and Holborn, while the Golders Green branch adds shabu-shabu to the menu. The group also operates Tonkotsu-ya Ramen on Bond Street. Top Tip: “miso eel is very good”.

Summary

£32
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Genuine”, “pleasingly quirky” and “unflashy” – these “humble”, extremely popular cafés offer “excellent-value Japanese food” from decent ingredients in “large portions” and are “always full” of “Japanese students and other Asian locals”. The “brusque” service is “a little haphazard, as is the seating”.

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Eat Tokyo Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Eat Tokyo Restaurant in WC2B, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Eat Tokyo restaurant.
Tim J
Continues to be reliably excellent for a go...
Reviewed 8 months, 8 days ago

"Continues to be reliably excellent for a good value quick-ish fix in a fairly rough and ready, always busy space. Large menu that allows wide exploration of some unfamiliar areas of Japanese cuisine. "

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