Having been very disappointed at the Anchor & Hope the other night, we went to Ozu last night. It's a really good Japanese restaurant located at the corner of County Hall opposite St Thomas' hospital. It's quite expensive but excellent quality and service, I would recommend it. The restaurant is quite big but there were only 2 other couples there last night (I know it was a wednesday) but I hope they get busier at other times however I think the location might be against them. I only found out about it from the SE1 Direct Magazine. Give it a try if you like Japanese food
I'm not sure what type of Japanese cuisine it specialises in but they do all sorts of tasty starters (tofu, fish, veg etc), sushi, soups with noodles.... they also have a set menu that my boyfriend had which contained a bit of everything including 2 types of icecream (green tea and black sesame, very tasty!) for £25
I am an absolute sucker for japanese food, particularly sushi/sashimi having lived in H.K. (in fact you could almost say addicted) but I've always found London prices a bit expensive - what would you call reasonably priced?
At risk of repeating a plug for the only nice thing near where I work: the Oriental Centre on the Edgware Rd just North of Colindale tube station has a really good asian supermarket, three or four (maybe more) "proper" restaurants, and a fantastic food court with all sorts of lovely food at around 5-10 quid pp (for £10 you'd be stuffed and probably have had a pint as well).
There's japanese (sushi, tempura, donburi, yakitori), thai, chinese, indonesian, malaysian, sth indian, vietnamese, and probably lots more that I haven't yet tried.
Yes, Ivanhoe, things that should be in SE1, eh? I have witnessed the restorative properties of a bowl of steaming Korean something-or-other at Colindale; it turned Mr Tharg from a sickly green to his natural pasty-white in minutes. Marvellous. (Apologies to Mr Tharg). The other day I had a pot of fish tea from the Gourmet Oriental in Shoreditch (yes I am desperately hip) which was both confusing and delicious. It came in a small tea-pot with a handle, lid and a small bowl and teaspoon. The problem was that I didn't know how to eat it. I poured the tea into the bowl and drank it. Then I opened the pot and ate the fish (eel, salmon, mussel etc.) with the teaspoon. I had the curious feeling that the staff were hiding round the corner laughing at me as I struggled. Can anyone give me tips on how to approach it next time? Oh, and the soft shell crab tempura was pretty good too.
Anyone been to the Japanese up Lower Marsh? Any good? I did years ago but I can't remember what it was like.
Has anyone been here recently? I noticed that there is a 50% off voucher available on Toptable (which I found through a link on this website) and wondered if this would be worth going for.
The main problem highlighted in recent reviews is the poor atmosphere (and lack of other diners!). Ozu sounds like it has a great chef - the menu sounds well-thought out, it doesn't sound hugely much worse than Nobu (and pricing is similar), but everyone has heard of Nobu and noone has heard of Ozu.
Is it worth a visit or is the atmosphere that bad? (At 50% off, I'm guessing the food will be worth it...?!).