I too must have walked passed this palce a million times but thanks to you I shall now have to give it a go - cheap authentic sushi is like mana from heaven :)
Misato Japanese Restaurant
Leicester Square, London
11 Whitcomb Street, London W1D 6PG
- Piccadilly Circus Tube Station (0.2 km)
- Leicester Square Station (0.2 km)
- Contact us:
020 7734 0808
7a Artillery Passage, London E1 7LJ
“Here at Habibi Sushi we love sushi. Opened in 2008, our sushi is hand prepared by our experienced chefs using only the freshest fish, thus giving you the best sushi experience. Our unusual name comes from our love of sushi and our sense of...” more...
30 reviews of Misato Japanese Restaurant in English
If you go at a busy time you may have to wait for a table as it's such a small restaurant with only few tables inside. It is most definitely worth the wait and I'm looking forward to my next visit.
I think their Teryaki sauce stuff is their specialty - some of the other stuff on the menu is less to write home about.
There are long queues, but this is because it's great - maybe lunchtime isn't the best idea if you're in a hurry though!
Expect huge portions. If you are tiny, you can probably share a portion of rice with a friend. Taste-wise, the food is ok, nothing spectacular, but you don’t really go to Misato for the taste. You go for the portion and the portion alone. For less than a tenner, you leave Misato with a happy tummy.
Don’t expect five-star environment or service. The place is tiny and the queue is long. Not a first date kind of place.
This place does the best one plate meals! You are guaranteed to either not be able to finish everything or feeling very full up after eating. Affordable and well worth it! Be prepared for a long wait as this place is massively popular!
If you’re hungry and want a huge plate of good cheap Japanese food, this is the place to go. However, you won’t be welcome to sit long after you’ve finished eating! A little gem in the heart of London
If you like Wagamama and fancy bigger portions for a lower price then Misato is the place for you. Having said that, apart from the menu, the two couldn't be any more different.
Misato is a tiny little Japanese restaurant, only slightly longer than it is wide, hidden away on Whitcomb St, right next to Leicester Square. It is instantly recognisable in that there is nearly always a queue which often stretches out onto the pavement, past the shop front and blocking the doors of its neighbours. If you weren't looking for it, you'd miss it.
The menu is varied, from sushi and bento to katsu curry, and it all looks great. The portions are big and unless you're very hungry you're unlikely to polish off a whole curry as the volume is simply overwhelming. Some of the dishes are a little too salty for me but for the price you pay, which can be as low as £5-6 a plate, it doesn't hurt much.
The staff are great, but unless you go when it is a bit quieter, it can occasionally feel like they are rushing you out to get the next customers in, and with the restaurant seating maybe only 40 at a time, it can take a while to get to the front of the queue, but I would advise anyone to stick it out.
My only other criticism is that it does get very hot in there sometimes due to the lack of air conditioning, but hey, good food, cheap and cheerful with a great atmosphere. As long as you brought good company, you're in for a lovely time, and a filling meal.
(I've also updated the info to reflect its actual location on Whitcomb St, not Wardour St!)
can have BIG heavy meal with CHEAP price! but normally its bit salty and sweet- need lots of water after few hours! One annoying thing is, ONLY CASH!
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I hadn't been here for years and was had a good meal with my Japanese wife and friend. It's cheap for sure and you get tons, it's almost like the Japanese noodle king (bethnal green road). I think for 3 people with a drink each was under £20 which in London for satisfying food is pretty amazing.
What impressed me most was the quality of the Ten Don. Usually this is quite an expensive dish, and even for somewhere in the region of £6 it was good enough to go back again for. I wouldn't be against paying double for that in another restaurant.
Meals starting around £4.50 and going up by a few pounds, you're pretty much spoilt for choice since everything seems affordable, and looking around at other tables, everything seems to look pretty tasty too!
I'd only say 4*s because it's the kind of place that you come away feeling like you've just eaten cheaply, and although I don't want to spend lots of money on every meal, you don't really come away wanting to tell people about the place.. I guess it depends, but I'll be going back in the not to distant future I'm sure!
One of my favourite places to have a satisfying and filling meal in London. Quality Japanese food at western sizes, and at great value! If ravenous, go for the chicken katsu, which is massive. They also have pretty good bentos. The crowded atmosphere is like any unstuffy eatery you'd find in the big Asian cities like Hong Kong or Singapore, but then again, the crowd, as many reviewers have said below, speaks for itself.
This place is BY FAR my favourite Japanese restraunt. The staff are friendly and attentive, the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly and the food-the reason we go to the restraunt obviously, is just AMAZING! Purse friendly. That is all I can say.
i haven't gone here for years but just happen to go pass this review page for the restaurant. when i did go there i always end up fully satisfied.although there is a wait for seating as this restaurant is quite well known.I don't understand why they don't relocate to a bigger space or maybe this is their marketing technique to lure people in and see what the curiousity is about. well they're right to be curious. the plates are very generous. i usually get the breaded chicken katsu curry and it just brings tears to my eyes because i would never waste one bit because it is that good. also on the side i would get californian roll. a very good place to bring a date,wouldn't be such a group hang out as there isn't usually enough space and you wouldn't really be seated together if you were.the staff are sooo friendly and very calm!still i reckon they should move elsewhere or at least bring another chain in!
I don't know how many times I walked on Wardour St and never noticed this tiny gem. I'm so lucky a friend of mine told me about it and actually brought me there.
The place is small and obviously always crowdy, so be ready to stand in a long queue. The menu is simple and honestly you don't have a lot of dishes to choose from but the price and the amount of food is unbeatable. I ordered a Sushi bento and was enough naive to add a small bowl of rice... I seriously had some trouble finishing it!
The food is very good and, having been in Japan, really authentic. They use wasabi in the sushi rice and this little detail tells a lot about how really japanese this place is. It's difficult to spend more than 15£ because people cannot understand how cheap this restaurant is until they go and eat there. Moreover, there is no service charge, but leaving Misato without leaving some kind of tips would make you feel very, very bad.
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Urbanite, 18 January 2010:
Pointless review as this place doesn't need any, you can tell by the people queueing up outside even if it is not the place you would want to go in at the first glance.
One of the best value for money in central London I think. I'm almost going there once a week.
Pros: - Enormous food portion - Good sushi and good hot food (but fried, jap though) - So cheap! - Shy and reserved but nice staff
Cons: - Busy so take time to go in sometimes (don't have to do the queue for take away though) - Not the nicest place, a bit small and dirty, packed - Cash only
At the end, definitely a good place to eat. Maybe not for a romantic dinner, a party or to invit your family I guess.
Loved the FOOD...
Its very economical and after waiting in a LOOONGGGGGGGG Queue? It's Worth the wait...
Try my fave Beef Rice, Torikara Age Rice, Pork tonkatsu
While waiting for your food try ordering edemame beans...
and Asahi Beer Perfect!
Hope to see u there!!!
This place really doesn't need any reviews as the queue speaks for itself- any weekday a queue snakes out of the door even when it's raining!
Why, when there are so many excellent japanese places in this part of london? The main attraction has to be the prices- standard for many of the Ramen places but exceptional when you have sushi and sashimi options, tempura and chicken in addition to the Tonkatsu set and other ramen house classics.
I often go for one of the bento options- nicely presented compartmented boxes with a couple of salads, some chicken, some rice and then your option - sashimi or sushi. All the portions are big no matter what you order and the price of a main course ranges from £6 for a large rice-based main course to just under £9 for a big bento box. And all this just a stone's throw from Leicester Square where everything is poor quality and overpriced!
So you arrive, and size up the queue. It'll take about 25 minutes to get inside. At least another 10 to order and then 10-15 for the first food to arrive. Should you wait? And it's starting to drizzle...
Of course you should! You won't get better value for your money or better quality japanese food locally!
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