SquareMeal Review of
The Japanese Canteen Paradise Row
Launched in Islington back in 1995, Japanese Canteen was one of the first to bring izakaya-style canteen food to the capital – and it now has a chain of outlets across the city. Expect a rush and a
scrum at lunchtime, with every seat taken, queues out the door and the kitchen working at full tilt. With extended opening hours and a drinks licence, this branch is also a full-blown restaurant
offering a much wider choice than most of its siblings. Bento boxes, donburi rice bowls, katsu curries, ramen noodles and the like are joined by a full range of sushi, maki rolls and sashimi, gua
bao (steamed savoury buns) and bibimbap (Korean-style rice hotpots), plus a host of starters and sides including dumplings, duck spring rolls and seaweed salad. To drink there are wines and beers
as well as cans and juices.
The Japanese Canteen Paradise Row is recommended for