Abeno Too

Price guide: Budget

17-18 Great Newport Street, London, WC2H 7JE

Price guide: Budget

Abeno Too

By Jenni Muir, your London expert

I write for AA Travel Guides, Time Out. Read more
#58 of 115
expert-rated restaurants in London
Expert overall rating:4.0 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.3
4.3
Ambience:
3.8
3.8
Service:
4
4.0
Location:
4
4.0
Value for money:
4
4.0
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Foodies, Singles, Design and architecture, Escaping the crowds, People watching, Shopping, Trendiness

Expert review of Abeno Too

One of my favourite spots for a quick, inexpensive meal during shopping or after the cinema.

I’ve loved pancakes ever since I was a kid and this place specializes in Japan’s hearty version - okonomiyaki. Friendly staff cook them right in front of you on hotplates set into the tables.

Food and drink: 

Okonomiyaki are made from a basic vegetable-studded batter with your choice of ingredients (bacon, squid, prawns, tofu and more) stirred in, and once cooked are covered with swirls of spicy sauce and salad cream. One is enough – which is a shame because the dessert versions with green tea ice-cream and whipped cream are hard to resist. Abeno Too also serves some excellent noodle dishes, plus salads, sushi, katsu curry and teppan-yaki. Enjoy them with beer, sake, shochu, wine, Japanese teas or soft drinks.

Ambience: 

Surprisingly cosy for a minimalist-designed space – I put that down to the warm welcome and light colours. Sit at the bar or at one of the bench tables, where groups of Japanese students often meet.

Service: 

This is medium-paced, rather than fast food, as the pancakes are cooked to order in front of you. Staff happily explain the way it works.

Location: 

Very near Leicester Square tube station and the bookshops of Charing Cross Road.

Price advice: 

Okonomiyaki come in a choice of sizes with prices ranging from £8.50-£24.80. On weekdays there’s a choice of discount lunch menus (£9.80-£19.80) including miso soup, rice and side dishes.

Other useful branches: 

The original branch is in Bloomsbury – handy for the British Museum – see website for details.

More information on Abeno Too:

Price guide:
Budget
Type:
CrĂȘperie, Restaurant, Takeaway
Food:
Japanese
Address:
17-18 Great Newport Street, London, WC2H 7JE
Telephone:
020 7379 1160
Website:
http://www.abeno.co.uk
Serves:
Brunch, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Sat noon-11pm, Sun noon-10.30pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not possible
Free tags / Keywords:
okonomiyaki, pancakes, noodles

Have you been to Abeno Too? Would you recommended it?