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.
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.
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.
Very near Leicester Square tube station and the bookshops of Charing Cross Road.
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.
The original branch is in Bloomsbury – handy for the British Museum – see website for details.
- Backpackers / Students
- Culture vultures
- Families with teenagers
- Escaping the crowds
- People watching
- Design and architecture