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05 Apr, 2009

Mitsukoshi Restaurant

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Japanese Food|United Kingdom

Wow, I surprised myself by writing a post! I can’t remember when was the last time I’ve written a post and we even forgot to take a photo of the exterior of the restaurant. Haha! So anyway, I woke up this morning feeling enthusiastic to write a post about our trip to London yesterday. We planned a one day trip to London just to watch the Phantom of the Opera broadway show.

 

The theatre is located near Piccadilly Circus Underground Station, which is also where this restaurant is located near to. 

This is a photo taken inside Her Majesty’s Theatre before the show begins. Audiences are prohibited to take photos or vides during the show. The show was superb, it was the first broadway show I’ve watch in the UK despite staying here for quite some time. Couldn’t wait to watch other shows next time, looking forward to it!

 

So before the show begins, we decided dine in this exclusive Japanese restaurant located near the theatre, this is one of the very few restaurants which serve authentic Japanese food in the UK. This restaurant is located on the underground floor of the Mitsukoshi department store in London. 

They served houjicha (焙じ茶) instead of green tea. The roasted green tea tasted aromatic and it reminds us how much we miss Japanese food even before we have our meal.

We ordered a Shokado Bento (松花堂弁当) for £22 and a lunch course of the month for £20. The photo above is our shokado bento with tempura (天ぷら), grilled fish (焼物), sashimi (刺身) and simmered vegetables and chicken (煮物). This bento also comes with a bowl of rice, miso soup (味噌汁), pickles and fruits. Needless to say, we started with sashimi, the tuna sashimi wasn’t good, but it was ok. But the salmon sashimi was superb, I didn’t realise how much it meant to me after not tasted it for such a long time. The grilled fish was delicious, especially eaten with pickles and rice. I think I’m exaggerating but I guess it was due to the fact that I really miss Japanese food so badly. Tempura was as good as well, lightly oiled, crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. We love the simmered yam ball, that was super delicious. 

The lunch course of the month didn’t let us down either. We chose spicy teriyaki chicken salad as our appetizer (スパイシー照焼きチキンサラだ). It wasn’t spicy at all but it was very appetizing, the salad dressing went well with the chicken, which was smooth and juicy. A very good start for the meal.

Next we had assorted nigiri sushi and rolled sushi with clear soup (寿司盛合せ). The rolled sushi was good, it consists of tobiko (とびこ) aka flying fish roe and raw salmon. It was fresh but also very spicy for someone like me who couldn’t take much wasabi(わさび). The nigiri sushi was good as well, they were all very fresh but contained quite a large amount of wasasbi. 

 

As for the dessert, we did not hesitate to choose green tea ice-cream (抹茶アイスクリーム) to end our lunch. The ice-cream was delicious, needless to say, but I must admit there is quite a difference from the green tea ice-cream that we used to have back in Malaysia. The ice-cream was more milky rather than having a heavy green tea taste. But we wouldn’t care, it satisfied our tummy anyway. 

Service was remarkable as most employees are Japanese. We would highly recommend you to visit this restaurant if you are looking for somewhere nice and quiet to enjoy authentic Japanese food. We were quite sure they wouldn’t let you down. For more information, please visit their official website here.

Restaurant Information
Dorland House,
14-20 Lower Regent Street,
London SW1 4PH
Tel : 02079300317

9 Responses to "Mitsukoshi Restaurant"

1 | Little Inbox

April 6th, 2009 at 12:03 am

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Wow, what a long time no new posting from you. Here it comes. :)

2 | New Kid on the Blog

April 6th, 2009 at 12:47 am

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Long time no see… good to see you posting again!! :)

3 | ai wei

April 6th, 2009 at 9:12 am

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haha, sugar bean, i can’t believe you write a post!!! welcome back!~

yor… what a luxury meal u guys had. aunthetic jap food. faster come back and teman me to eat lar!!!

4 | Sugar Bean

April 6th, 2009 at 6:13 pm

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Little inbox, haha, yeah, we’ve been idle for quite some time. Time for revival!

New kid on the blog, thanks for visiting. We’ll try to post consistently. =)

Ai Wei, haha, yeah, can’t wait to go back with u for meals!! yeah, i can’t believe i wrote a post too.

5 | Nic (KHKL)

April 7th, 2009 at 7:55 pm

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wow, a new post!!! how are u guys doing?

a japanese meal in london town! followed by some sight-seeing. ahhh, wonderful!

6 | Sugar Bean

April 9th, 2009 at 7:23 pm

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Nic(khkl), haha, surprised by our new post? Yeah, Sugar Bean is back. We’ve been slacking enough. Yeah, it was really a great day!

7 | Agnes Cheong

April 12th, 2009 at 1:45 pm

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Envy u so much!! Phantom of the Opera~~ I wanna watch too!!!

8 | ~Christine~Leng

April 12th, 2009 at 10:41 pm

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we wanna watch phantom of the opera too! ;P

when u guys heading to london again?

9 | Sugar Bean

April 13th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

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Agnes Cheong, hope you can watch it soon! It’s really worth watching it. =)

Christine, we’ve been to London twice. Not sure when we’ll go to London again, if we wanted to go London again we’ll ask you guys along for sure! ^^

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