Toku Restaurant

Address: 16 Regent Street, London, SW1Y 4PH, United Kingdom
Telephone: 020 3405 1222

- Budget

3.3

Super-fresh sushi and sashimi that’s easy on the wallet and served with a smile.

Japan Centre has been waving the flag for all things Nippon in London’s West End for over thirty years, but has recently moved its food hall and brasserie-style Toku restaurant from Piccadilly to Regent Street – something to do with 2012 Olympic preparations, apparently.

Food and drink
4.2
90%
Service
4
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Food and drink
4.2
90%
Value for money
4
90%
Ambience
3
90%
Location
3.5
90%

Food and drink

There’s a huge choice of dishes and set meals covering most styles of Japanese cooking, and many of the ingredients are organically certified. The exquisitely fresh sushi and sashimi are among the best in central London; Toku’s soup noodles and crisp tempura are very decent too. I usually have a chirashi sushi (‘scattered’ sushi: a bowl of sushi rice with the fish arranged on top), or tuna don (raw tuna dressed with sesame sauce and served over hot rice). Look to the ramen dishes if money’s tight.

Ambience

A simple dining room with honey-coloured wooden chairs and white walls. The many expat customers love it for its authenticity but lunchtimes are bustling with local office workers of all nationalities.

Service

Briskly efficient, yet friendly.

Location

A short stroll from Piccadilly Circus.

Price advice

It’s not dirt-cheap, and prices have edged up a little since the move from Piccadilly, but Toku is still good value. Expect to pay £15 for a lunch dish and drink. Check the menu for set meal deals, and the website for printable discount vouchers.

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Business travellers
  • Families with teenagers
  • Foodies
  • Singles
  • People watching
  • Relaxation
  • Shopping
  • No fuss

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