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I go here for the sushi and Japanese supermarket! The instant yaki soba is really good!
The center has recently spilted into 2 shops now! The one at picadilly is now a homeware and book store, whilst the one in regent St is now the sushi and supermarket department
If ever you find yourself in need of a Totoro made out of bread, a freeze-dried meal with preparation instructions you don’t understand or the particularly delicious-sounding soft drink 'Pocari Sweat’ then the Japan Centre is the store for you.
In seriousness, it is a brilliantly authentic Japanese supermarket, the closest you’ll get to actual Japan without sitting on a plane for 12 hours. I haven’t tried the sushi yet, but I hear it’s the best in London.
Disappointing lack of plum juice though.
I went here on a relatively quiet Sunday night after a recommendation and I was pretty disappointed. Overpriced rolls for the quality. The tempura was so greasy I couldn’t even finish it. I would suggest going to Tomoe on Marylebone Lane instead
I have tried suhsi is the best and most expensive restaurants in London. My favourite place to enjoy the Japanese dishes? This supermarket-style shop! The selection is amazing, the sushi fresh and good value. The staff are always friendly. Will be going back next week and can’t wait!
I stopped by the supermarket and had a browse out of curiosity but the main reason of my visit was to eat sushi and it didn’t dissapoint. Great range for eating in (although not too many seats) or take away (Green Park is just down the road). Well priced too. The supermarket is open all day but the Japan centre opens at midday.
As a Sushi lover I was amazed I had not stumbled upon this little Aladin’s cave sooner. Not only can you get trays of maki 6/8 rolls to take away for between 2-3 squids, but also all the weird and wonderful ingredients you could ever wish for to make your own.
I love poking around vegetables I have no idea about, and finding a place this central that has such decent prices is always a little bit exciting. Pity about the nonsense poundland-type stuff at the back, but a small price to pay.
What an oversight! Somehow my obsession didn’t extent to my reviews, and now I am left wondering , how have I left this gem untouted?
Cheep sushi shouldn’t be a rarity, but in London it is. I miss living close to South East Asia, where the locals have leaked into nearby countries bring cheep fresh alternative foods. Somehow London has missed the cheep part on the whole.
Yet my saviour The Japan Centre holds with tradition, even while occupying a prime position over Piccadilly Circus! They have amazing sushi (6 to 8 pieces) for under £3. Incredible really.
There is a great supermarket attachment (don’t miss out on the Korean pears/ nashi pears) that provides some of the harder to find ingredients for a great Japanese dinner, plus the bags from heaven… Wasabi peas. If you haven’t tired these yet I may warn you from them- I would hate the supply to run low!
Every time I travel to London I visit it because I really enjoy japanese food and here you can find a wide variety of it. Japanese bakery section is similar than those placed at japanese shopping centres like Daimaru. Meronpan, sobapan, maccha muffin… all were fantastic. Sushi is no so good as fresh japanese one but onigiri are fantastic, a little more expensive than in Rice and Wine store. Maccha parfait was an interesting experience for me because I really love maccha flavour.
I miss the old Japan centre I have to say when it was just the simple bar seating around the kitchen. It was such a discovery to find somewhere for authentic udon noodle dishes that wasn’t the crazy rush of Wagamama.
Now it has grown and become busier it is still just as good but not as intimate or restful. I think some of the big sushi rolls are great for lunchtime sharing. However, the sushi for sale in the supermarket next door to the restaurant, to my taste, is over seasoned with mayo and spices. Sure, it is cheap for London standards, but it tastes a bit too.
The supermarket bit is great though, especially for hard wearing everyday Japanese plates etc. Also, if you like miso soup, but the packs of 20 that some in the plastic sachets. I think they have two varieties, one with seaweed and our with mountain vegetables. So easy to make as a snack in the afternoon instead of reaching for chocolate.
Japan Centre ROCKS! Introduced by a Japanese friend years ago it’s become a staple part of our lives! We love the sushi counter to grab food on the run, and always take friends from out of town to Toku, the restaurant half the centre. The shop is great for hunting and exploring the amazing array of products from foodstuff to crockery. It’s always a pleasure!
I’ve never eaten in the restaurant but I love visiting the shop half of this business.
At the front of the shop is a sushi takeaway, you can get other types of Japanese snack food here too. A little further back is a section with household items, and at the bag a mini-supermarket with Japanese food, toiletries, cleaning products etc.
Downstairs is a bookshop selling books, magazines, music, stationery. There’s also a travel agency that can organise flights and holidays to Japan.
As an untravelled Brit, I find it endlessly fascinating how 'different’ Japanese things are. The beautiful design and attention to detail in the most throwaway items. Cooking utensils that I can’t begin to imagine a purpose for. Magical items like cricket cages stacked up with everyday things. After half an hour browsing here you feel as if you’ve had a mini holiday in Japan.
Among my favourite items are the paper dolls and origami kits - they make beautiful, unusual presents for crafty English girls.
The main thing I go for at the Japan Centre is its sushi: Good and cheap for its quality. You will have to buy them from the supermarket portion of the store as eating in is more expensive.
With that said, however, the food at its restaurant is pretty good as well. You can probably have a good meal for 10 to 15 pounds, though 10 may be sufficient depending on what you’re ordering.
Upstairs is the bookshop, where you will be able to find Japanese novels, publications and educational material. If you’re studying a elementary Japanese course, you might well be told to buy your material from this place. At least I was.
A world of fun for fans of Japanese culture slap bang in the middle of London. Whether it’s sushi you came for, to pick some ingredients or even some manga, you can usually find it here.
I tend to pop down once in a while to get some of the awesome wasabi peas (they taste exactly how they sound!) or some frozen edamane.
This place was also good when I was learning japanese, there are loads of books to help (confuse) you!
Don’t forget to sit down and have a quick bite to eat before you head back on the tube.
I’ve been here a few times now and have even collected a few stamps on their loyalty card (one day I might qualify for a free green tea!).
There are proper sushi chefs beavering away at the sushi bar, where you can sit and watch them. Or take a seat at one of the tables in the restaurant. Someone told me it’s cheaper if you sit near the door! I don’t know if that’s true, but it’s certainly draughtier so I wouldn’t recommend it!
Last time I went, we sat towards the back of the restaurant. I ordered an old favourite – tuna in a wasabi sauce with rice. But I was very disappointed by the tuna as it was really gristly and chewy (it was raw, but it’s not normally like that). So I complained and sent it back. They came back and said that occasionally you get it like that (caused by a layer of muscle in the tuna apparently), but I can’t believe that a top-notch sushi chef would knowingly serve you a piece of muscle?! Anyway, they didn’t charge me for it, but I am a little bit wary of ordering it again. The miso soup that came with it was fab though.
The takeaway sushi is apparently very good value and worth taking to nearby Green Park for a picnic in summer.
This is a one stop shop for Japanese related items, restaurant, sushi bar, grocery store, travel agent all amalgamated into one. I love going to Japan Centre and I am quite a lazy person. I can pick up some groceries at the same time have a quick meal. One down side is that it is always packed with people regardless of the time of the day. I hate crowds and this is the only thing that stop me from going too often. Usually I visit the Japan Centre about once every 2 weeks.
I like the take-away sushi part of the shop, everything looks very inviting. The queues are quite long, and you have to walk sideways occasionaly butthey have loads of stuff there! They have a books and magazine section downstairs. Lots of strange items such as fluffy ear cleaners. Most of the sweets at childrens height can be bought in china town however for better prices.
I love the supermarket in the basement -there’s also a really great takeaway sushi counter down there - the restaurant above I’ve never tried. The stuff in the supermarket is all in Japanese but I’ve found the staff really helpful if you ask questions. The best place to get ingredients for things like Okonomiyaki. Totally authentic. They do a great email newsletter as well that gives you sale information and stuff.
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