SquareMeal Review of
Spread over three floors in Chinatown, this friendly, inclusive and reliable café runs until midnight, 365 days a year, and is intended as a home from home for its Japanese customers and anyone who appreciates good everyday food. Come here for donburi rice bowls, katsu curry, bento boxes, noodle soup and sushi at excellent prices. Seared salmon tataki is dusted with roasted sesame seeds and served with daikon, carrot, radish and 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 and other rice-based dishes. Service is considerate, the decor is attractively low-tech (slate floors, wooden tables, ‘noren’ curtains, paper lanterns), and the atmosphere gently quirky.