Compared to other ramen restaurants, Ippudo has the advantage of a very cool-looking dining room, a much larger menu, and the ability to seat reasonably large groups of people. In other words, it’s perfect for when there are a few of you hankering after some noodles, but you want to make an evening of it without being shoehorned around a tiny table like you would be at Bone Daddies or Kanada-Ya. The noodles are good, and they have things like dumplings and pork buns on the menu as well as options for non-meat eaters. It’s still no bookings, but at least the waits are shorter and there’s an area inside for you to sit and have a beer.
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Temper Covent Garden is a loud and fun spot from the same people behind the Soho and City branches. This one specialises in pizzas and ‘not pasta’.
Redfarm is a cute spot in Covent Garden, and you’ll have a good time here so long as you stick to their creative and tasty dim sum.
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Not only is the sushi at Sushi Atelier on Great Portland Street great, it’s also very affordable. Sit at the bar and get the 12-piece omakase.
Uchi is an attractive and humble sushi restaurant in Clapton serving very nice sashimi, nigiri, and rolls
Dinings is a very cosy sushi counter and downstairs Japanese restaurant that just happens to have some of the best sushi in London.
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