1 August 2014

Tokyo Diner

2 Newport Place, London WC2H 7JJ

£25.00 Japanese , Sushi Covent Garden

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  • Wine: £6.90
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12N-12M

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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.

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  1. Tokyo Diner

    2 Newport Place, London WC2H 7JJ
    Overall rating:
    Russell N.

    Excellent for sushi, noodles etc


    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 7
    • Atmosphere: 7
    • Value: 8

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  2. Tokyo Diner

    2 Newport Place, London WC2H 7JJ
    Overall rating:
    Jan A.

    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 6
    • Atmosphere: 6
    • Value: 10

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  1. Published : Tuesday, 2nd July 2013

    sexdrugsandbaconrolls :: Tokyo Diner

    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 to fit in...
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  2. Published : Thursday, 20th September 2012

    doughnuts&swine :: Tokyo Diner, Leicester Square

    I was failing in my familial duties and had not met up with one of the cousins for far too long. I have a multitude of relatives in or around the London area so it was time to spend some quality time. She enjoys Japanese food, as do I, but I must say my knowledge of Japanese food in the London area is limited at best. The only thing I know for the moment is that Sushi Tetsu has opened on Jerusalem Passage and that I plan to check it out. She suggested Tokyo Diner on Newport Place just off Leicester Square to meet before we headed to the opera for the evening as it had been recommended to her by a colleague who used to live in Japan, and he claimed it to be a very authentic Japanese experience in London. So, I was sold on that.I arrived first and was seated downstairs in this quite simple restaurant. I received a very informative menu explaining the options for those lacking an insight into Japanese food. At the same time I received some complementary tea and snacks to keep the hunger at bay. When the cousin arrived we decided to share a Nigiri set and then have a main of chicken katsu don and a curry udon garnished with chicken. The Nigiri contained an assortment of sushi presented with ginger and wasabi. The salmon nigiri and the hoso maki were the best of this very good dish.The chicken katsu don saw pieces of chicken served dipped in beaten egg, coated in breadcrumbs and fried, served in a large donburi bowl of rice with soft cooked egg, onion, spring onion and Dashi (Japanese stock). The curry udon comprised of udon noodles, chicken and curry sauce – simple yet did the trick. We were both busy eating our mains that I failed to take pictures. I was probably too busy trying not to slobber the udon all over the place. Both mains were good solid and hearty nourishment. The portions at the diner are large and although I had passed on lunch I could not finish all in front of me despite my best intentions.  The diner has a no tipping policy which apparently is in line with Japanese traditions. Our dinner for two including a beer each, came to £35, really a bargain. It's simple, it's tasty, it's cheap, and it's a very good option for central London.
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