September 02, 2015

My Top 5 Inexpensive Japanese Restaurants in London

Want to eat some great Japanese food but not sure how to find inexpensive Japanese restaurants in London? 

Japanese food has become one of my favourite cuisines over the years, especially after our honeymoon in Japan, and I am always up for a Japanese meal when in London. I'm not talking about your usual sushi from Wasabi or Itsu, Japanese food is so much more than just sushi. 

Here are my favourite authentic Japanese restaurants in London that averages £15-£25 per person for dinner. 

1. Koya Bar
Koya Bar specialises in handmade udon, a thick chewy round noodle made from wheat and rice flour. This restaurant is just like the udon bars on the streets of Tokyo, and there is no other in central London. Order the udon cold with a side of hot soup, this ensures you get to try the bouncy, toothsome noodles before the hot soup softens it. My pick is always the delicious beef in soup with cold udon.   

2. Eat Tokyo
Not too much of a secret amongst Japanese foodie fans. I go to the Holborn branch, but there are other branches too. The humongous sashimi boat is only £35 and can feed 4 easily. As they are so busy all the time, the freshness and quality of ingredients is apparent. The menu is huge too, ranging from the excellent value bento boxes to unagi don to deep fried oysters. See my full review here.

3. Tonkotsu
Battle of the ramens in London are still going strong and out of all the big ones (Shoryu, Bone Daddies, Ittenbari, Kanada-Ya), my favourite is Tonkotsu in Soho. The ramen is springy with a slight chew to them and I like that they are not too eggy either. The fixin's and soup base are also great, my picks are the Tokyo and Tonkotsu ramens.   

4. Nagomi
A cute and quirky little Japanese restaurant just off Oxford Street. The cooking is homey, such as their pork simmered with potatoes in dashi, and their Takoyaki is also a close replicate of the famed octopus balls in Osaka. See my full review here.

5. Lingo
One of the newer Japanese restaurants in London that opened it doors around 2 years ago. Peek through the window and you will see mainly Japanese customers, a great indication of authenticity. Bento boxes, sushi and katsu dons are my orders here.   

Just one thing to remember, don't eat too fast, or you'll get indigestion


Do you know of any inexpensive Japanese restaurants in London that should be on this list too? 


23 comments

  1. Oh I miss koya and runny egg yolk! Definitely heading to eat Toyko when I can eat sushi again.

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  2. I have never tried sushi before, would like to though as it looks nice x

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    1. Sushi is addictove once you start! If you are not sure about raw fish, start with other cooked Japanese food - they are just as good!!

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  3. I'm not a big fan of Japanese food but this all looks amazing - thanks for sharing x

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    1. I bet i could find you some Japanese food food that you would fall in love with!! Have you tried Teriyaki/Tempura/Japanese curry?

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  4. ahhh you always make me hungry with your pretty food photos! T.T Have to try Tokotsu and Lingo next time, never been ...yet.
    Thanks for another great post for places to eat :)

    Tiffany C
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    www.fromyourstruly.co.uk

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    1. Awww thanks Tiffany, I've never considered my photos as pretty though! Yes, add it to your list, and there's more of these round up posts happening soon! x

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  5. Japanese food is by far one of my favourite cusine, thanks for sharing Lucy! I'm craving ramen now!

    Love going to Eat Toyko too :)

    Hanh x | hanhabelle

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    1. P.S Love your page refresh! xx

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    2. Yes, mine too Hanh! Have you been to all these restaurants mentioned? If not, keep them in mind! =)
      And thanks, I love it too =) x

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  6. Great post- what a great variety of restaurants. I wish we had a few more in Birmingham!

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    1. Thank you Helen! Birmingham is up and coming, there are actually a few good Japanese restaurants in the China Town in Birmingham. Cafe Soya is a great Chinese eatery in China Town that I always have to go to when I've visiting my best friend in Birm!

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  7. Oooh there's some real hidden gems here, I'll have to check them out!
    Lots of love,
    Angie

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    1. Thanks so much Angie, I really do hope you check them out and enjoy them =) x

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  8. Wow, some amazing choices there, the food looks amazing. On my next trip to London I'm going to check some of them out :)

    Lyndsay | Fizzy Peaches

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    1. Thanks Lyndsay! I really hope you enjoy it! If you're on the look out for chinese food too, tweet me and I'll be happy to share =) x

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    1. I haven't been to Ippudo yet. I tried Ippudo twice in HK and detested it, so have been put off. Maybe I will try... :)

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  10. Great post.
    You should check out Mr Taro in Soho, London.
    I actually just wrote a post on it - check it out here :)
    x tink jayne x

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    1. Thanks! I did try Taro many years ago, but thought it was a little sub standard. Perhaps it's improved now and I am due a revisit! x

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  11. that's a fantastic guide. I am a big fan of Chinese food, but want to try more Japanese food, thank you

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    1. Thanks Hawa, I'm really pleased you enjoyed it! Japanese food will have you hooked in no time, it's so yummy :)

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