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Spread over three floors in Chinatown, this friendly, inclusive & reliable café runs until midnight, 365 days a year, & is intended as a home from home for its Japanese customers &
anyone who appreciates good everyday food. Come here for donburi rice bowls, katsu curry, bento boxes, noodle soup & sushi at excellent prices. Seared salmon tataki is dusted with roasted
sesame seeds & served with daikon, carrot, radish & ponzu dressing, while tofu katsu ju (a new vegan dish) arrives on a box of rice, which will be replenished on request if you’re hungry
enough – a nice thought that applies to all set lunches & other rice-based dishes. Service is considerate, the decor is attractively low-tech (slate floors, wooden tables, ‘noren’ curtains,
paper lanterns),& the atmosphere gently quirky.
I have to admit, I did not have high expectations and expected the food to be low par’. Needless to say I was wrong and I will go as far as to say I may even try this restaurant again.As I said this place is located in the heart of China Town on Little Newport Street and looks very plain and a little run down. It is on two floors and as we entered and were greeted by the waiter at a desk by the door we were seated on the first floor in the corner near the kitchen. The old fashioned wooden varnished tables and benches were fastened to the ground so we all had to scootch along the benches for the six of us...
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