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    • Qype User chopst…
    • London
    • 12 friends
    • 105 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    12/10/2011

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    WHAT! You haven't been to Cafe Japan?, exclaimed my friends. We have to fix that. So I find myself trekking to Golders Green when the tube guardians decide to keep the train service running on a particular weekend instead of the regular engineering works.
    Even arriving for what is considered early for lunch, the place is busy and there is already a queue. So queued we did. It gave me an opportunity to look around. Cafe Japan isn't big with maybe no more than 15 tables, tight and cosy sitting is what I will call it.
    We didn't have long to wait before we got ourselves a table.
    Sashimi
    The sashimi here is of the same quality as what I get from the Sydney Fish Market. With the right silky texture, it was a pleasure to eat it.
    We also tried a variety of sushi rolls, tempura and udon which were all good and very much enjoyed.
    Unagi don
    I love my unagi and you won't regret ordering this here. The sauce plays a huge part and this has to be the best I've had in London so far. The unagi was cooked properly as it should be and not tough or dry. Unagi made properly have an almost melt in your mouth texture.

  • 2.0 star rating
    13/4/2014

    I used to be a loyal customer as this is the only store that serves proper sushi (Eat Tokyo's sushi was terrible in a way of slicing fish).  But I've got food poisoning from Cafe Japan and suffered 48 hours in toilet.   I called them to report but they only said that no one else claimed so they won't  do anything to my case.  Sad.  I am no longer loyal customer, never going again.  I agree their sushi is proper and I was just unlucky.   It's your own judgement to go.

  • 5.0 star rating
    8/7/2011

    I thought London would have Ok sushi (like Paris), but, WOW, the best Chirashi, ever.

    Sorry Seattle. Sorry Bay Area. Sorry Hawai'i. And, actually, sorry to Japan because they let some of the best get away to Golders Green.  

    Fish so fresh it could rock Sean John suits.

    Excellent service. So, go to there.

  • 4.0 star rating
    5/2/2010
    Listed in Turning Japanese

    Quite an experience--excellent fish, bountiful options, but zero customer service, though I did appreciate that our Japanese waitress was trying to emulate a Barbie doll when in fact we did manage to flag her down.

    Miso is nice, start w/ their big salad w/ seaweed--it's massive and delicious--skip the marinated fish--it's weird (wrong textures for me).  Pickles are yum, and nice crunch in btwn rolls.  Being w/ the boys, I was banned from ordering my usual vegetarian rolls, though they had quite a few selections, all of which looked lovely as I lustily eyed them on our neighbor's table.

    Salmon/avo roll--fresh fish, ripe avo, delight.
    Spicy Tuna--don't use mayo, some other spicy subtance, a welcome change
    Something w/ crispy tuna in it...yum, but too greasy for regular sush for me
    Salmon, sea bass, mackerel, snapper nigiri--all very fresh, clean.
    Heaps more I'm forgetting...all more than palatable.

    Not too overpriced, for 3 of us, it was abt $100, and since I've done triple that damage with the same amnt of people, I kind of always feel like I'm getting a deal.  Just a hop from the tube stop, worth a trip if you want a mini adventure.

  • 4.0 star rating
    12/10/2011

    "WHAT! You haven't been to Cafe Japan?", exclaimed my friends. We have to fix that. So I find myself trekking to Golders Green when the tube guardians decide to keep the train service running on a particular weekend instead of the regular engineering works.

    Even arriving for what is considered early for lunch, the place is busy and there is already a queue. So queued we did. It gave me an opportunity to look around. Cafe Japan isn't big with maybe no more than 15 tables, tight and cosy sitting is what I will call it.

    We didn't have long to wait before we got ourselves a table.  

    Sashimi

    The sashimi here is of the same quality as what I get from the Sydney Fish Market. With the right silky texture, it was a pleasure to eat it.

    We also tried a variety of sushi rolls, tempura and udon which were all good and very much enjoyed.

    Unagi don

    I love my unagi and you won't regret ordering this here. The sauce plays a huge part and this has to be the best I've had in London so far. The unagi was cooked properly as it should be and not tough or dry. Unagi made properly have an almost melt in your mouth texture.

    • Qype User Sally_…
    • London
    • 19 friends
    • 72 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    23/11/2008

    This is one of the most delicious purveyors of sushi in London - well worth a trip all the up to Golders Green (and I'm from Sarf London!)

    They used to do an all you can eat deal and my sister and I memorably ate so much once we almost felt sick. It's so wonderful - not as cheap as it used to be but still well worth it. I love the platters - best value in my opinion. Black miso cod is mouthwatering and scrumptious.

    • Qype User Alor…
    • London
    • 11 friends
    • 47 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    29/9/2009

    I can only wholeheartedly agree with all the previous reviews - this is a fantastic Sushi place! Too bad they don't do the all you can eat any more - at least I haven't come across it and as an almost local I do frequent the Café Japan quite a bit ;-) And never once was food or service disappointing.

    Be prepared to queue or better make a reservation, this place is always quite busy. My favourite spot is at the "bar" where you can have a glance at the Sushi chefs preparing your food masterly.
    My favourites are the spicy tuna roll and the wild burdock rolls. Absolutely yummy! Even something as standard as the salmon rolls are so well-prepared they simply taste delicious and beat any kind of chain sushi rolls by far. Also their selection of grill fish is deliciously prepared and the teriyaki mackerel I tried last time was a very decent size of fish.

    Last but not least the staff are extremely friendly, attentive and make sure every customer is happily greeted and bid goodbye.

  • 4.0 star rating
    15/4/2011
    Listed in Japanese food

    The food here is really good. There's an excellent selection of sushi - which again, as I try to tell all my British friends, does not necessarily means raw fish - but also of other Japanese dishes.

    The various noodle soups are great, so is the Japanese curry. Definitely more innovative than what you'll find in Japanese chain restaurants.

    The pricing was reasonable and the portions (depending on what you order) fairly substantial.

    Definitely recommended!

    • Qype User Jyunk…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 3 reviews
    1.0 star rating
    21/7/2013

    As
    a Japanese citizen, I found the food tonight was not as good as a bad
    road side cafe in Japan. Edamame was wonderful, fish in sushi was ok but
    sushi rice was soggy. Tempra batter was sick and greasy like eating BAD
    fish and chips. The meal was over priced for the quality. If you want
    authentic japanese food, try Eat Tokyo around the corner.

  • 5.0 star rating
    8/1/2009
    First to Review

    Surprisingly good sushi from a restaurant that otherwise looks pretty awful from the outside.  A very close walk from the Golders Green tube station, you'll have little problems finding it among the Korean BBQ and dodgy banks on the corner.  The fish quality is great though and the place is pretty authentic - lots of actual Japanese customers since there seems to be quite a bit of them in the neighborhood.  Certainly a better choice for quick sushi than the lousy selection at "yo" or "hi" sushi.

  • 4.0 star rating
    2/2/2010

    My favourite local sushi place, much more authentic than the chain that occupies the spot next door. Friendly service, can be a bit cramped some times, but I always enjoy the food and the service! Recommend this place highly!

  • 1.0 star rating
    21/7/2013

    As a Japanese citizen, I found the food tonight was not as good as a bad road side cafe in Japan. Edamame was wonderful, fish in sushi was ok but sushi rice was soggy. Tempra batter was sick and greasy like eating BAD fish and chips. The meal was over priced for the quality. If you want authentic japanese food, try Eat Tokyo around the corner.

    • Qype User alisha…
    • London
    • 2 friends
    • 5 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    6/12/2012

    Nice cosy cafe that offered delicious food. I'm amazed how good it is. Unfortunately place isn't very big and sometimes is hard to find table and you need to wait even to give your order. But food is so good that you'll forget about the time you waste in waiting once you try it.

    • Qype User totuc…
    • London
    • 5 friends
    • 49 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    16/11/2008

    This place is FANTASTIC! I don't want to say 'pricey', but I ended up spending more money then I had anticipated. But it was worth it and the food was delicious. Expertly prepared, fresh ingredients, polite service, and authentic. Highly Recommended!

    • Qype User Caffem…
    • London
    • 6 friends
    • 17 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    11/10/2009

    This is the best sushi place i have in London so far.... no other can beat the taste of it yet. Even thought, this place is a bit far from where i lived but seriously it worth going there.

    • Qype User Flicke…
    • Liverpool, Merseyside
    • 58 friends
    • 99 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    6/7/2008

    The best sushi I have ever had. I used to live near here in London and it's the one thing I miss about the city. The staff are super friendly and you get multiple greetings as soon as you enter. I'd recommend you book ahead as it gets very busy, but you can also sit in and wait for a table to become available and it's well worth the wait. As well as the most fresh, well prepared and delicious sushi ever, they do all sorts of hot dishes; the miso black cod is incredible. They have a la carte so you can choose pieces of a certain sushi you especially want and they have good value deals, like a platter for £14.00 I go there often even now as nowhere has ever come close to being as good as they are.

    • Qype User yuru…
    • Telford
    • 3 friends
    • 62 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    9/7/2010

    A little pricey but the sushi here i superb. The staff are very friendly and the service is great also.

    • Qype User 22Pak8…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 2 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    23/11/2010

    The sushi lunch is the best value in London - essentially the same set at dinner costs twice as much. The fish is of a decent quality and usually fresh as they have a high turnover rate of customers so the fish never sits around for long. They get their fish from Atari-ya like a lot of the sushi places in London. Service is OK, but let down by the head-waitress with the dyed blond hair who clearly recognises my wife and I, as we go often, but is just totally devoid of any friendly gesture - a hello or smile would be nice.

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