I enjoyed a day off work yesterday (yet another cancelled holiday!) so The FrankFlyer and I decided to treat ourselves to a nice lunch, and pretend we were on holidays.
We headed to Eat Tokyo, on Red Lion Street, and I can say without hesitation that it was the finest Japanese meal I’ve had in some time. That said, I faced two challenges: selecting something from the enormous menu and then, once the food had arrived, finishing the extra large helpings!
Having heard great things about the bento boxes at Eat Tokyo, I went for the Tonkatsu Bento, with a side of Takoyaki. The side order was excessive and possible the star that broke my digestive camel’s back in the hours following lunch. I needed a post-lunch nap so badly!
Frank went for a bento with tempura prawns, sashimi and delicious chicken (I had to sample!) and each bento box came with a tasty bowl of miso soup. All in all, our selections were excellent and left me feeling both full but also excited for a return visit.
So yes, while we weren’t actually in Tokyo, as we should have been, we both agreed that it was like a little slice of Japan here in London. And the number of Japanese people enjoying lunch there just served to underline it. Leaving the restaurant was a bit of a jolt, as I half-expected to talk out onto a back street somewhere in Shinjuku!
I’ll definitely be back, but won’t be going for the Takoyaki.
Eat Tokyo, 50 Red Lion Street, High Holborn, London WC1R 4PF