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Now that word has got out, it’s not so easy to bag a table at this dinky sushi joint, so phone ahead. Why the popularity? It’s Atari-ya’s flipping fresh fish – the quality soars above what you’ll
find at chain sushi joints, but not the prices. Glossy slivers of tuna, salmon, yellowtail and mackerel are neatly lined up on wooden boards with mounds of wasabi and pickled ginger. Sushi
aside, there’s much else to please: deep-fried halibut is like a fishy version of agedashi tofu in a soft, fragrant broth; chicken yakitori come as tasty little skewers; and the tempura has all
the requisite crispness without any grease. Drink draught Asahi or warm saké and be sure to bring cash: you’ll want to reward the obliging staff, but tips aren’t accepted on credit cards.
great japanese food at swiss cottage. this was my birthday dinner and I love love japanese food. there’s something so calming and clean about the tastes, and yet it covers the entire spectrum of flavours. I had actually planned to go to yashin this year as I’ve read great things about it – but then the most-planned things don’t always happen, and that’s not such a bad thing either.this isn’t my first time at atari-ya, and we fancied coming here was of greater value than going to yashin which would be technically perfect, but atari-ya is one of the famous importers of japanese high-grade fish in london and...
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One Sunday, after a long week at work, my sister and I decided to treat ourselves to a Thai massage. Since the massage parlour was close to Atari-ya in Swiss Cottage, my sister suggested we go there for lunch. She had been a few times before and always raved about it, so I was looking forward to trying it myself. It was pretty busy and since it was just the two of us, we were happy to sit by the counter and watch the sushi masters work their magic. We decided to order the mini soba noodle and eel sushi bowl and assorted sashimi from the special lunch menu which came with salad, a marinated salmon appetizer and dessert....
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