Tokyo Diner: "Reliable Japanese Staples" Tokyo Diner Tip by kit_mc

Tokyo Diner, London: 3 reviews and 4 photos

  Tokyo Diner, London.
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      Tokyo Diner, London.
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  • Tokyo Diner, London. - London
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      Katsu don, Tokyo Diner
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Tokyo Diner, round the corner from Leicester Square is a fairly reliable place to stop by if you find yourself famished in central London but craving an environment just that little bit different. Laid out in what I can only imagine to be a fairly authentic style, the restaurant is over two floors and open midday to midnight every day of the year, including Christmas.

I've been coming here on and off for years and prefer it to the more faceless chain noodle bars such as Wagamama. Little touches are the free green tea that you will be automatically served and that will keep on being topped up during the meal, the no tipping policy and a menu that rather eccentrically explains some of the rhyme and reasoning behind the Tokyo Diner concept.

Staff are always polite, food is always fast and generally of a decent quality. During weekdays if you're here early in the evening you might still catch some of the daytime special deals, otherwise the menu can appear a bit on the pricey side, which is true of most Japanese eateries in London.

Favorite Dish: With Bento boxes and sushi working out more on the expensive side, I've tended overall to come here for soba or udon noodles in soup, or katsu don (chicken or pork on a bowl of rice). Particularly good is the pork sauce katsu don (pork lightly fried in breadcrumbs) costing 8.30. Udon noodles garnished with chicken is about 6.00. If you don't mind paying that bit extra, they do a fairly decent chicken teriyaki bento box at 13.50. As mentioned, green tea is free, though Asahi beer beer here is actually quite cheap at 2.00.

If you're a connoisseur of Japanese cuisine, then Tokyo Diner's menu may seem a bit limited. But for a warm, hearty Japanese meal on a cold rainy day you could do a lot worse than this and the place has a more genuine feel than some of the better known noodle bars. A meal for two will come in between 15 and 20 pounds.

I tend to prefer sitting upstairs, especially now that I've found out they have a web-cam online all day downstairs. Check out their website and you'll see!

Address: 2 Newport Place, London, WC2H 7JJ
Price Comparison: more expensive than average
Directions: In the Chinatown district of central London, nearest tube Leicester Square.
Phone: 020 7287 8777
Price: US$21-30
Rating: 4
Theme: Japanese/Sushi

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written May 27, 2007
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