Tag: Japanese


Yumi Izakaya, a new Japanese restaurant and bar, has launched in London’s West End. Situated within The Piccadilly West End Hotel, the restaurant has its own entrance at 67 Shaftesbury Avenue. Inspired by Japan’s izakayas, roughly translated as a pub or place designed for informal eating and drinking, Yumi Izakaya specialises in Japanese snacks and drinking food.

Although new to London, Yumi Izakaya has its roots in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Londoner Caspar von Hofmannsthal relocated to the Cambodian capital in 2009 having previously managed London restaurants such as Quo Vadis, Smiths of Smithfield and Rotorino. Drawing on his experience and entrepreneurial spirit, Caspar launched Yumi Izakaya, bringing his idea to life in a converted garage.

The restaurant became very popular, particularly with the city’s ex-pat community, and attracted international attention. In 2014, Caspar made the decision to return to London, closing the doors in Phnom Penh with the intention to bring Yumi Izakaya home.

Now Caspar has partnered with Tom and Ed Martin of ETM Group to reincarnate Yumi Izakaya in London as a 38-cover casual dining restaurant, open seven days, from lunch until late. The menu has been created by Caspar and will change regularly according to seasonality.

The food menu opens with a selection of small plates, from £4, such as okonomiyaki Osaka style, daikon wrapped pork gyozas and chilli fried cauliflower. From an open robata grill comes a choice of skewers, at £2.25 each. Various cuts and parts of the chicken – free range herb fed chickens from Philmoor Grange Farm, Yorkshire - are on offer, including wings (with sea salt and Tongarashi), heart (with spring onion and ginger), liver (with tare sticky soy glaze and shichimi) and oysters (with salt and yuzu). Also available from the grill are bacon wrapped vegetable skewers such as asparagus and Shimeji mushroom. Larger plates available include caramelised pork belly with a tempura’ed egg and smoked duck and Udon soup, each priced at £15. Sides include, Japanese rice, seaweed salad and aubergine glazed in sake, mirin and soy, from £2.50.

Three draft beers are available, the Yumi dry house brew (brewed by Charles Wells) sits alongside Kirin Ichiban and IPA OK from Ealing’s Long Arm Brewing Co. Bottles include Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale (Japan), Hitachino Saison Du (Japan), plus Capel Road Cider by the can. Sake features heavily on the drinks list, with eight to choose from at varying price points, available by 100ml or the bottle. One sake of note is a sparkling sake; Fukuju Awasaki Sparkling, priced £19.50 for 330ml. Wines start from £3.50 per glass or £20 a bottle. A choice of three Asian inspired cocktails also feature, changing daily, priced at £8.


If you want to get fully authentic then get down to newly opened Woodstock Kushiyaki Bar and have a 50% discount while you're at it.

Woodstock Kushiyaki Bar offer small skewers of wonderfulness just as Japanese workers would have as a quick pit stop with a beer on their way home during a busy work week.

The Woodstock Kushiyaki is the first authentic Japanese Izakaya to the capital featuring a selection of Japanese skewers alongside speciality beers, sakes and Japanese whiskies.

Throughout the softlaunch Woodstock Kushiyaki Bar are offering 50% off food between the 12th and 19th March 2015. There's no need to reserve a table, you just need to sign up and download a voucher of the offer here.imgresimgres-1





Thu 12th – Thu 19th March 2015
The Woodstock Kushiyaki Bar, 11 Woodstock Street, Mayfair, W1C 2AE

Terms & Conditions

This offer is for 50% off food only, drinks will be charged at the normal price.
Offer only available from the 12th-19th March 2015.
Subject to availability.
First come first serve basis.

K10 japanese restaurant

K10 is a conveyor belt japanese sushi restaurant with a twist. They have 2 locations, both in the city and we love both.

Newly opened K10, Appold St is smart and welcoming. The K10 restaurants are much more like proper smart restaurants with an emphasis on dining not just a fast food fix conveyor. They have proper tables the the belt services for example, not just a bar.

Options on the conveyor are ample with more substantial japanese dishes than your regular Yo! or Hi Sushi.

The hand rolls, made to order are amazing and everything is fresh and newly prepared just as it should be. Another perk of K10 is that is has a decent wine selection, something that so many sushi restaurants fall down on as well as some of the best deserts we have ever had in a Japanese restaurant.

Find more on the deserts here.

20 Copthall Ave  London EC2R 7DN
020 7562 8510

blowfish_sake at Zuma

For this month only, until the 21st March Zuma will be serving sake with the deadly blowfish floating in the top.

If you want a challenge surely this is a good one.

You might be wondering why this is a challenge? Well a blowfish can be deadly if the chef prepares it wrong. It has deadly toxins in it that if cut in the wrong place can leak out into the meat and kill the consumer. Not fun.

Zuma in Knightsbridge's offering is slightly less Indiana Jones, it is serving Hire Zake made using toasted blowfish fins that have been steeped in sake. Get involved and good luck!

Zuma, 5 Raphael St., SW7 1DL‎

Photo: Courtesy of Japan Newbie




Another new Japanese restaurant, Naamyaa Cafe has been opened by Alan Yau (Wagamama) and David Thompson, this time, in Islington.

Described on it’s website as an “all day dining modern Bangkok Cafe” Naamya is the first of a new chain serving oriental food in a beautifully designed location with affordable prices.

Yau and Thompson have preciously worked together to create Busaba Eathai in 1999 and now Naamyaa will be the sister chain with similarities between the both.

The interior is modern and the menu is full of great priced Thai, Japanese, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine that will delight Orient veterans as well as newbys. However you can also get burgers and chips here strangely enough and a ceasar salad is you so choose though why you would we’re not sure.

The Naamyaa menu also offers set meals where you choose beef, chicken, prawn or veg, and the kitchen does the rest.

Bookings are not taken here and it will likely become another queueing destination.

Naamyaa already plans to duplicate itself to Shoreditch soon.


Angel Building, 407 St John St