Most people in Balham prefer to eat their Chinese or Japanese dinners at home, & to be honest, takeaways are probably Bento’s forte. The huge canteen-style restaurant, decked out with posters & the odd piece of Asian fabric, isn’t the most comfortable or welcoming of venues – despite perfectly willing service. The choice of drinks leaves something to be desired too, so it’s unsurprising the place is often under-subscribed. The food, however, is rather better than expected, encompassing a selection of all-time Asian greats such as tom yum or coconut soups, king prawns with kung po or oyster sauce, aromatic duck, sushi & teriyaki. You’re likely to be satisfied with the results. Branch (takeaway only) at 53 Battersea Bridge Road, SW11 3AX (020 7223 2071).
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