Turning Japanese in Soho:
I love Japanese food. Or, to be more accurate, I love what I *think* could be authentic Japanese food. But, I don’t really know very much about it – bizarrely, I learnt most of what I know from a boyfriend who had previously been seeing a Japanese girl and decided he could tell me everything I needed to know. But, for whatever reason, I am still convinced that eating sushi and sashimi must be healthy and washing the mixture down with a generous helping of sake is not really like having wine with a meal. Especially if you order tea!
Anyway, Satsuma is a great example of accessible Japanese food. The menu is all in English, with some photos and the staff are friendly and will make suggestions if you ask. The restaurant has recently been refurbished after a small fire. I didn’t see the previous orange pod version of the restaurant, which apparently met with mixed reception, though I did pop downstairs where the dining space still has some pods…and I rather like them as a way of getting a little privacy in what is for the most part an open bustling cafe. There are a good mix of small and large tables, so you could probably come in with a party of eight or ten and all sit together.
I took the easy option and ordered a Satsuma bento box which came with a bowl of miso soup, Sashimi, chicken yakitori, Satsuma ebi katsu, sushi maki and ‘seafood salad without rice’. I also ordered tea and sake.
My bento box was really beautifully presented
Everything came in quite generous portions…and I particularly like the ‘seafood salad without rice’ which seemed to be almost entirely scallops and the ebi katsu, deep fried in some kind of Kataifi.
The sake was warm and comforting and I liked the lively atmosphere – on a Friday lunchtime it was pretty much full and still managed fast, efficient service. Is it authentic? Well, I’m no judge of that. But I did enjoy what I ate – it was tasty and well balanced as a lunch box. And I still believe it is healthy even though I managed all the sake;)
56 Wardour St
Soho, UK W1