This ‘lovely little Japanese grill’ may not be London’s prettiest spot, but locals find it hard to resist the allure of its sushi, sashimi & flame-cooked meat. Tosa’s dining room resembles an upmarket canteen, decorated with Japanese paintings. A robata grill emits barbecue aromas, while sushi chefs beaver away behind a wooden bar. The grills are a must, especially the salmon cheek with grated radish, & the asparagus & pork belly. Skewers cost just £2-3, but readers warn against over-ordering. Dishes are designed to eat tapas-style, so accompany the skewers with well-assembled & good-value nigiri, temaki or sashimi. Mixed tempura & bowls of noodles complete the repertoire. Service is friendly, but can lose focus at busier times. There’s also a branch at 152 High Road, East Finchley N2 9ED (020 8883 8850).
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