I really like this Japanese market. I find the Japan Centre too crowded to shop comfortably at, and Arigato has most of the same products and they are usually a less expensive. They also have a fair amount of Korean products and frozen foods. Arigato is particularly good if you are looking for ingredients for making your own food, although they do have a lot of ready-to-eat hot foods as well.
The last time I was Arigato I went to the counter and realized I had forgotten my wallet. They saved everything behind the counter for me and seperated my frozen and refrigerated stuff and waited an hour and a half for me to come back. They were really nice and didn't even make me feel like a complete retard about it.
A nice market with many Japanese staples, but not a big market with big mix of options. One has to respect the location and probable large rent.
Being somewhat new to London I can't benchmark this against other similar places, so please take my review with a grain of salt. Or Sake.
Arigato is in a little cluster of restaurants and food shops on Brewer St. It also obviously serves as a little community contact for the Japanese community with free information and pamphlets about London for them
There are 2 main sections / functions to this supermarket. The first is for mainly Japanese but also some Korean ingredients with mainly tinned / bottled foodstuffs, some chilled and frozen food and also some crockery and cooking implements
To be honest, this section isn't the biggest and most of the big Chinese supermarkets in nearby Chinatown carry a lot of what is available here.
However, I do pop in here for the other section - the fresh food to go. They do carry a decent variety with sushi and bento boxes making up the bulk of the menu. The prices of their sushi boxes are very competitive and the fish always tastes fresh. Also nice to pick up some of their snack items like kara-age for a little pick me up
There's a little sit in area but I generally just devour on the go!
This little Japanese grocery store is very dear to me: it's always well-stocked, many of the products are actually cheaper than in the nearby Chinatown and most importantly...it's clean!
In here you can not only find all the necessary ingredients for a surprise dinner for your other half (or future other half), but you can also come here during lunchtime and order some delicious curry or other Japanese delicacies...
And...to make your trip home more pleasant, you should a six-pack of red-bean mochi - they are really nice!
This is a small but well stocked Japanese Supermarket with lots of Korean food stuff as well. I mean 4 different types of kim chi! 10 different flavours of pickled vegetables! How am I supposed to choose?
I also find they also always do good deals- every time I am in there i will pick up something on offer.
Although Japan Centre is very close and arguably have a much larger selection (being much larger), I prefer Arigato when I am in the vicinity because they have just about everything I ever want to need and there is nothing better than a well priced capsule Japanese/ Korean Kitchen.
They also serve food, but I always thought the stuff looked a bit dry, being pre prepared and all. Never tasted it though.
Ok so ive meaning to follow this recipe and I come across the need for Panko?! later I find out its Japanese breadcrumb coating.
So while I wait for my friend to try on a pair of shorts at M&S's fitting rooms I do a quick yelp search for 'Japanese supermarket' on my Android phone and up poped Arigato. So I hit call and speak to them for their opening hours. So me and my friend shoot over there, he didnt like the shorts.
I arrive and see and attentive shop assistant I say "im looking for Panko" and her lead me to a shelf with a massive variety of the stuff, large ones, fine ones, small packs....
I got some great advice as to why so many types and grabbed the fine ones, paid and left in under 3mins!
Thank you Arigato!
It's really great to know that The Japanese Centre isn't the only place in central London to grab some Japanese groceries. Arigato and The Japanese Centre are quite close to one another (roughly a 10-15 minute walk) and, yes, Chinatown is a stone's throw away and you can pick up some bits and bobs there but Arigato really feels authentic and special.
This is always *the* place for me to pick up my Japanese sauces, udon and perhaps grab some sushi to go. You can also buy Japanese soft drinks and sweeties too, there's lots of choice here and the shop is pretty tiny. You can sit in or take away Japanese snacks too.
The fact this is so close to Oxford St / Regent St and right in the middle of Soho makes this place so desirable and which is probably why it's still going strong. A must for any Japanese culture / food enthusiast.
Great selection of Japanese groceries. The pre-made food in the display case looks a bit tired though. Maybe they should think of plastic versions, Japanese style!!!
Small Japanese supermarket with a small deli area that serves bento boxes and snacks for takeaway or to eat in on the small wooden counter in the window.
The shop has a wide range of Japanse sauces, ingredients and sweets for purchase at reasonable prices, including frozen good and fresh vegetables and fruits. The deli area sells a wide range of bento boxes and side dishes such as croquettes, yakitori chicken kebabs and the usual arrange of snacks.
The bento boxes are good value for money and usually feature tempura pieces or a main dish such as fried chicken, seaweed and potato salad and rice. They also sell simple ice bowls which are cooked with egg and different meats.
It can geta little cramped during busy periods as the food is popular with students and shoppers. Worth popping in if you are shopping or walking around Piccadilly/Soho; not really a date spot unless you want the date to be very short!
Great little Japanese supermarket that has a wide variety of all things from the orient.
There is a little area with a sushi, which you are able to sit and eat or order a take-away.
This small Japanese market in Soho carries fresh mochi, mochi ice cream, kimchee, curry and bento boxes to go. If you're after frozen Japanese foods like gyoza, a package of Pocky, or shichimi for your ramen you can find them here.
This is one of the Japanese markets near Piccadilly. It's rather small but isn't as much of a fuss as the other places. You can go here for a variety of packaged and fresh foods. They carry some types of ingredients that are non-Japanese, such as Thai and Chinese sauces making it a bit more flexible. I went here on a pre-sushi party expedition and found some useful ingredients.
For all you 'baka gaijin' out there who thought JapanCentre was the only Nipponese supermarket in town - think again. Admittedly, Arigato can't really compete in terms of choice or prominence of location. But it offers regular deals on popular Japanese food that, in my experience, significantly beat its larger rival on price. I suspect the difference may be that more savvy Japanese shop here, whereas JapanCentre tends to attract those less familiar with how much a carton of Calpis or a block of Java Kare should cost. There's a freezer section and a limited selection of vegetables and fresh tofu. Also, you can sit and eat bento boxes at the limited table space. To be honest I haven't tried the hot food but I'm always curious to see what's cookin', and the saving I make on my normal shopping is more than enough to persuade me to make the short trip up from Piccadilly Circus.
This is a nice little what is probably a local shopping market in Japan. You can find all your basic needs for Japanese cooking. You can get good sushi to take away after you have been shopping if you don't have the patience to go home right away and make it yourself. One of two places I know where you can buy Japanese products for home cooking. The prices are very reasonable, and beats going into hectic china town, for soy sauce and tofu. I wish the shop was a bit bigger and had a wider range of products, but I suppose it is a niche taste.
Stepping out of Piccadilly and into Arigato was always a great pleasure for me as a wonderful bento box lunch and all my essential ingredients for cooking Japanese food at home awaited me.
One of my favorite Japanese product markets in London. You can get most of what you need here and its less crowded and congested that Japan Centre.
Never mind the supermarket element, it's a fab cheap place for fresh sushi, and you can even sit at the sushi bar and watch the Soho world do its merry thing outside. The perfect place for sushi AND people watching!
You can get lots of Japanese cooking ingredients and Japanese food in Arigato Japanese Supermarket. It has a huge range of stuff to choose from. It is slightly more expensive than Rice Wine Shop (see my other review) but has a better range of food supply. There is also a sushi and food bar where you can eat or take away. Located in Soho, it is fairly easy to reach after some shopping spree. Hence, this is always my last stop for shopping and I will then get some cooked food from the sushi bar to takeaway. Some times you get offer items that are quite a bargain! On the whole, it is a place worth visiting.
Brilliant shop if you're keen on Japanese food. As far as I remember the opening hours are pretty consumer friendly (unfortunately I can't find them right now) and the staff are very helpful, really lovely in fact.
You do get the impression that not every member of staff speaks English very well, but I can't help myself: it so adds to the charm of the shop!
A lot of products just show their Japanese names or perhaps brand names?, and English labels are not on every single thing so it probably helps if you know what you are looking for. I wanted some dashi which a website explained can or should be used when making sushi, but when I asked for it the lovely young girl looked exceedingly doubtful at my mention of dashi and sushi in one sentence. But she led me straight to it and I was very happy with the resulting sushi!
I couldn't find cod roe, if that's what the very small red fish eggs are called, but perhaps that was down to me turning up rather late in the day.
If I didn't have them already I would have been able to get all the other tools and ingredients (like sushi rice) that you need to make sushi.
I understand that you can get sushi grade fish from the counter, but as I said I was there rather late.
My first trip today and what a great little place! Most products are signed in English as well as Japanese, so if you know what you're looking for you should be ok. It seemed cheaper than the Japan Centre and, although it's smaller, it seems to have everything you might need. It's also much less busy than the Japan Centre, and has really helpful staff who have the time to help you. I'll be shopping here from now on.
I have been using this little gem in Soho for years, consistently fabulous bento and all the yummy stuff I miss from Japan
This shop has a good japanese range, but as a bit of a newbie to japanese food, the staff don't offer much clear advice on japanese products and dishes, and product description translations into english are a bit dubious at times. I tend to go to a local japanese / oriental groceries called FLK Chinese Groceries in South East London. Its a smaller, but clean shop, where the owner offers experienced advice on japanese food i.e how to pleat gyoza dumplings, make sushi, fry tempura prawns. I would recommend FLK Groceries to newbies, and this place to experienced Japanese foodies
Very , very good Japanese supermarket . The range of products is terrific , not quite as good as the Japan Centre but far better than most places . The furikake is especially cheap and varied .
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