The popularity of sushi in London cannot be over stated as there are so many places that offer sushi now of varying quality, from the cheap supermarkets to the posh Mayfair restaurants. We first heard about Eat Tokyo by googling “Sushi in London” and it had some really good reviews so we thought we’d give the Soho branch a go (other locations include Holborn and Nottinghill).
We arrived around 6pm on a Friday night and it was already quite busy (there are usually queues outside from about 6:30pm). We were shown to our table by a waitress dressed in the traditional kimono and as we walked past the open kitchen, we were greeted by the chefs saying ‘Irasshaimase!’ (welcome please come in). The first thing I noticed was the restaurant wasn’t full of tourists or locals – it was mainly full of Japanese people, which was a good sign. The decor was nice, the atmosphere was lively. Our table was quite close to the people next to us, but it didn’t really matter and we didn’t feel too on top of each other.
The menu was vast, you’ll need a good 10 minutes to look through it all. They’ve helpfully provided pictures for all the dishes so you can see what you’re ordering and after much deliberation we ordered the prawn tempura, tuna and salmon maki rolls, chicken satay and California rolls. Also on the menu were some well-known Japanese favourites like sashimi, bento boxes, katsu curry and soft-shell crab. The service was ok, as you would imagine from a busy restaurant and the food arrives as it’s ready. The sushi was fresh and very tasty, the portions were more than generous and the prices were very reasonable. I can honestly say this is some of the best sushi I’ve ever had. If you’re looking for quality, affordable Japanese food then this is the place to be, Eat Tokyo is classic! We’ll definitely be coming back.