Cape Town Fish Market – 5 & 6 Argyll Street, London W1F 7TE

Cape Town Fish Market


The most bland boring sushi I’ve eaten, I’m not sure how you can fail at a simple dish like tuna and salmon sashimi but CTFM manages it, I was constantly reaching for the wasabi and ginger just to liven each dish up. The sushi dishes were just as bland and uninspiring. CTFM is also an incredibly garish looking restaurant, damn ugly, and the staff uniform seems to be an Argentina football jerseys from the 1970’s .

Sin Cojones!

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Tsuru – 4 Canvey Street, London SE1 9A



Nasu Dengaku – traditional dish of aubergine & miso.

I would happily eat this as a dessert, the eggplant half is charred and nicely creamy, topped off by a very sweet, caramelised miso glaze. I would imagine this is too sweet for some but it was fine by me.

Kushi Katsu – Skeweres of pork and red onion katsu with tonkatsu sauce.

The batter on the pork was too thick and overwhlemed it, the dipping sauce was again really sweet.

Soft Shell ‘Spider’ Crab Tempura Uramaki

The sushi was nice but not wrapped well, there was too much rice in proportion to the crab.

Ok, grateful for the discovery of the Nasu Dengaku.

Un Cojón!

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Tosa – 332 King Street, London W6 0RR



I’m a sucker for pork belly, loved it, served in a hot pot with mustard and green beans. Mustard with pork belly is a genius idea, Koya also do this.

Chicken yaka were good but could have been more tender, a little overdone.

I didn’t mind the deep fried fish in vinegar but i’m into pickled things whereas my companion found the cold soaked deep fried fish weird.

The pork with shiso leaf was my favourite of the three grilled items we ordered. Shiso tastes a bit like mint a good combination with tender pork.

The food here is not as good as Roka but a hell of a lot cheaper.

Un Cojón!

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Roka – 4 Park Pavilion, London E14 5AB



I dined here with two ichthyophobics so I can’t comment on the sushi or sashimi.

My two favourite dishes were the lamb cutlets and chicken rice hot pot. The cutlets were juicy, pink and smoky. The rice hotpot was my favourite dish, it’s hearty, mushroomy, velvety and very eggy. A Japanese risotto, I loved every bit of it.

The vegetable servings are tiny , the sesame dressing on the spinach was simple but great, asparagus should always be cooked on a bbq, very nice. The eggplant was the only disappointing dish. However tasty these dishes were they were ridiculousy small.

The bay back ribs and beef fillet were unimpressive, the ribs were bland, too small and flavourless. The beef fillet was the same, really bland. The Sea Bass was ok but nothing special.

Un Cojón!

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Koya – 49 Frith Street, London W1D 4SG



Small Plates: Enjoyed the roast duck and pork belly but servings are small, ok for two people but not enough for our table of six. Also tried the Fish & Chips (cod tempura and lotus root chips), enjoyed the fish but the chips I could skip, to me they were tasteless but others enjoyed them.

Soups: Pork with miso paste soup and cold noodles was tasty, great noodles and a powerful heavy miso. The prawn and vegetables tempura soup with cold noodles was also very good, simplier /clearer broth, very different taste but still very nice.

We had a great waitress that cheerfully explained everything  and answered all our questions. A service charge is automatically added to your bill, we were happy to tip our waitress but two other staff members we spoke to were pretty shit, bordering on rude and I’d not be happy to tip them. Remove the automatic service charge Koya or improve your service.

This place is too expensive for what is a pretty simple soup with noodles but having said that the soup and noodles are great and I will return, sucker, yes I am.

Un Cojón!

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