Japanese food with a cockney touch.
I won’t lie, it’s a Japanese restaurant in London and I would dearly love to say one of those cliched phrases such as ‘real authentic Japanese food without having to go to Japan’, but alas, I can’t. Although Ten Ten Tei is fantastic, because it is Japanese food but it’s Japanese food made for Londoners.
Located on Brewer Street, (so you can fill up on sashimi before buying a gimp mask and whip) the cosy restaurant offers tasty sushi and delightful ramen; but instead of offering the greatest dishes in the world, the owner’s accent is far more enjoyable, a hybrid of Japanese and Cockney puts him first in line for Guy Ritchie’s inevitable remake of the Seven Samurai. And the unhelpfully polite waiting staff allow you to make culturally embarrassing cuisine faux pas, ordering far too many dishes and ridiculous sides, with great ease. This little restaurant, with unimaginative furniture, unhelpful menus, and average prices makes up for itself entirely with its vibrantly confusing atmosphere.
So, if you actually want to go somewhere for English-style Japanese food, don’t want to spend too much, and don’t mind staring at incomprehensible menus, you know where to go.