I reviewed Toku in October 2009. Now they have moved, together with the store, to a new location on Regent Street. The restaurant is smaller and the menu is different. They do not offer ramen anymore, which is a shame. There seems to be a mix of Japanese and Cantonese food on the menu, a bit strange to be honest. Here is what we had:
Tofu with soy sauce, on the house. This was a premium brand silken tofu, very nice.
Sashimi, a tiny tiny plate which actually was way too expensive. Nothing spectacular.
Shumai pork dumplings, nothing spectacular.
Steamed pork dumplings, these I liked.
Salmon don, very basic dish.
In summary, the new Toku does not even compare to the old Toku. Sad, but true.
I joined a group of friends to have this nice set meal at Myung Ga on Kingly Street. Actually, we shared two set meals; one with seafood and one with meat. I liked the food, however, eating set meals is always a gamble. Usually this involves having the most popular dishes and I can’t get rid of the thought of huge pots in the kitchen with all the food prepared in advance. Although everything was fresh and nice, it seemed as if the dishes were perhaps prepared in a rush without much love.
Soups for starters, light and pleasant.
Deep-fried vegetables with a dip sauce (not in picture).
Dumplings (Goon Mandu), really nice and crispy.
Japche, Korean glass noodle fry. This was perhaps a bit too unspecific in taste.
Seafood bulgogi, not a big fan of the veggies in this dish. A bit buffet style.
Cabbage kimchi. This was really acidic, I liked it.
Modum namul, or preserved/marinated vegetables.
The meal ended with some nice fresh fruit.
All in all, this was an ok Korean restaurant but not the greatest. A bit too rushed and lacked personality. Soju, reviewed earlier, was superior and although the interior is not as nice at Soju, the food is far better.
People, listen up! This is a very nice, inexpensive Korean restaurant in London for you to visit. They were voted by Time Out as one of the better cheap eats in London. In addition, they carry the name of one of my teachers in high school which made the experience a bit funny for me.
Korean food is something I have not written that much about. Some of the best meals I have had have been Korean. There are some excellent alternatives in New York if you happen to be there. Of course there is Korea itself, not Kim Jong II land, but South Korea.
We arrived very late to Soju, I guess we were the last table to order. Therefore the service was ultra rapid. No problem with this, I really do not like to sit around waiting for my order to be taken. We had a selection of small portions for starters. From left: cucumber kimchi, cabbage kimchi, goon mandu (Korean dumplings) and a cold tofu salad. All of these were excellent.
We finished the meal with some excellent raw beef bibimbap. This came in a hot pot and the beef was perfectly cooked after mixing the stuff around. Bibimbap is excellent, I love it! I will most definitely go back to Soju, a great place for a Korean dinner.
* Update 10/08/24 *
I have been to Soju twice after writing the original post, once for dinner and once for lunch.
The best thing ever was their Raw Beef Sashimi, this was one of the best things I have eaten in a long time. The beef came shredded with pears, a great combination.
I also had some bibimbap similar to the one above, however the beef was cooked in this version. I must say that I prefer the one with raw beef. They have some great alternatives for lunch, please pay them a visit.
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What a great new addition to the London take away lunch. Wasabi has 10+ small food kiosks in town offering a range of seriously fresh and tasty sushi. The pieces are individually wrapped and the selection is extremely broad considering the fact that they only do take away. We bought ourselves some nice sushi and found ourselves a nice spot in the nearest park and enjoyed the fresh food. What a great alternative to fast food and once again, the quality is really good. Please do support Wasabi’s cause!
Eating hot pot was a dream come true for me, it was just great! The experience was so nice, the white soup base was wonderful and the hot soup base was a-m-a-z-i-n-g! Look at the amount of red chillies, ridiculous! Basically, you get a lot of nice fresh ingredients that you can prepare for yourself. This was just great! The restaurant itself had so many nice meals to offer, unfortunately we run out of time on our trip to London and did not have time to try the other Szechuan stuff. OMG, I loved the food!
Hot Pot (White Soup Base / Hot Chicken Soup Base)
Hot Pot Ingredients: King Prawns, Sliced Fish, Squid, Fish Bolls, Sliced Beef, Sliced Lamb, Tofu, Seaweed, Needle Mushrooms, Chinese Leaves, Potato Slices, Dry Beancurd Sticks, Sweet Potato Noodles, Chinese Cabbage, Baby Squid, Chinese Sausages.
I love The Japan Centre in London. The food shop has now moved and can be found at a different address nearby, the restaurant is at the old location. Once again, a very extensive menu to order from. We had salmon don and ramen, this was so tasty. I could die eating ramen, seriously! Please do visit Toku when you are in London.
Pork and Kimchi Ramen
This is the number one choice for budget dim sum in London. It is also one of the original dim sum restaurants in town. Please note that they do not take table bookings so come early, the waiting is chaotic! We got a number and waited for about 90 minutes to get a table, but it was worth every minute. We got excellent and fast service and ordered in a lot of different dim sum, most of them are pictured below. What a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon!
Sesame Paper Prawn Rolls and Vietnamese Spring Rolls
Prawn Dumplings and Dip Sauces
Roasted Pork Buns and Pork and Radish Dumplings
Minced Pork Dumplings with Shrimp and Vegetarian Cheung Fun
Sliced Beed with Preserved Vegetable Noodles and Fresh Prawn withVegetable Rice