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Silver Award

SquareMeal Review of Tanakatsu

Silver Award

If you don’t live in Angel, you might not have heard of Tanakatsu. But this neighbourhood Japanese restaurant, run by husband and wife Joe and Koko, is something of a local legend. Try it for yourself and you’ll quickly see why.

The first thing you’ll notice is how unpretentious Tanakatsu is. The furnishings are pared-back, without being too minimalist. There are even knives and forks along with the chopsticks. The second thing (or person) you’ll notice is Koko greeting every diner, most of whom she already knows by name.

Before we had finished our salty edamame and sparkling sake, the restaurant was completely full. Koko’s fully-stacked hospitality experience had clearly trickled down; the staff were chatty, knowledgeable and relaxed. We dove into heavenly yellowtail nigiri and soft shell crab katsu rolls, with the latter’s crispiness a hint of what was to come. Any overzealous applications of wasabi were quickly soothed by Kirin Ichiban beer. The gyoza were also perfect, with the thin, silky wrapping demonstrating true attention to detail.

Soon after, a huge portion of pork katsu and salmon teriyaki came with sticky rice and shredded cabbage. Scraping a chopstick across the panko crust, the expertise was obvious. While the salmon was glazed and grilled to perfection, it was the crispy, crunchy, juicy pork that stole the show. At least it did until we dipped the shredded cabbage in ‘Koko’s mighty dressing’. Those who haven’t had it will struggle to understand just how incredible it is, and those who have will find it hard to describe.

At Koko’s recommendation, we finished with soft, pillowy dora-yaki, filled with sticky sweet chocolate bean paste. This, paired with a clever yuzu and barley digestif, perfectly rounded off a meal we wished would never end. Tanakatsu has great food, drink and service, but it’s the buckets of charm (and Koko’s mighty dressing) that truly won us over.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Japanese, Sushi
Cool, Cosy, Quiet conversation, Romantic, Traditional, Unique
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Dog friendly, Gluten-free options, Vegetarian options, Wheelchair access
Perfect for
Birthdays, Celebrations, Child friendly, Dates
Food Hygiene Rating


Located in the foodie hub of Angel, Tanakatsu offers a range of Japanese cuisine, cooked with huge amounts of passion and care. The dining room truly embodies the Japanese spirit with a subtle, warm aesthetic that compliments its desire to focus on ‘casual dining with a refined edge’.

The menu at Tanakatsu offers a plethora of aromatic plates that are certain to satiate all diners’ tastes. With a focus on Katsu and Teriyaki dishes, Tanakatsu brings together plates like prawn katsu curry drizzled in a chicken stock sauce or salmon bathed in a home-made Teriyaki sauce that is certain to offer tantalising flavours. Alternatively, Tanakatsu offers plant-based options in the form of pumpkin croquette curry, ideal for vegetarian or vegan customers who wish for a taste of Japan.

Sushi, another staple of Japanese cuisine, is at the heart of Tanakatsu. Guests can choose from a variety of options, including classic staples such as salmon nigiri or soft shell crab rolls coated with avocado as well as more unexpected plates like the grilled eel dragon roll which uses eel kaba-yaki as well as crab and yuzu to offer diners new eclectic choices that are certain to please. The veggie roll meanwhile, uses a selection of ingredients such as seaweed and soy-braised tofu to offer a tempting option for plant-based diners.

The drinks menu at Tanakatsu brings together a collection of sake from areas across Japan such as Kyoto and Hyogo, bringing diners vivid flavours. Additionally, Tanakatsu offers a range of beers sourced from Japan, including familiar favourites like dry Asahi as well as lesser known brands like elegant and light bodied Coedo.

At Tanakatsu, diners are certain to experience a range of flavours reminiscent of Japan, whether they indulge in katsu, teriyaki or sushi. Throw in the restaurant’s range of sake and beers, and Tanakatsu makes a convincing case for itself as a must try when out and about in Angel.


Are there gluten-free options on the menu at Tanakatsu?

Yes there are gluten-free options on the menu at Tanakatsu.

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10 Wakley Street, Angel, London, EC1V 7LT

01213 894111 01213 894111


Opening Times

All day
Mon 12:00-21:30
Tue 12:00-21:30
Wed 12:00-21:30
Thu 12:00-21:30
Fri 12:00-21:30
Sat 12:00-21:30
Sun Closed


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2 Reviews 

Keith A

03 February 2024   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 4
Atmosphere 4
Value 5
Brilliant Lunch

Excellent lunch here, superb Pork and Chicken Katsu, the Iberico Pork Special Katsu was exceptional with great mustard sauce. Chicken gyoza are also highly recommended, miso soup ...yumm.

anne R

05 July 2019   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 4
Value 4
Highly recommended

This restaurant is slightly off the main routes but is excellent. Lovely food and great service. Good value and highly recommended.

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