I was on a mission to find a restaurant the other day to visit before going to the theatre (Prince Edward Theatre) and discovered that there was a restaurant called Dozo literally 2 doors away that looked great when I looked up its website.
Well of course the only way to find out if it was as good as it looked was to go along and try it, so being a foodie, I did! Accompanied by a friend, my notebook and camera I walked what must have been no more than 5-6 minutes from Leicester Square Station to the restaurant in heels I might add, yaaaaaaayyyyyyy me.
Seriously, you really couldn’t have gotten much closer to the theatre if you tried!
The restaurant Dozo Sushi Japanese Fine Dining Restaurant has two sites Soho and South Kensington and it was the Soho site that we visited on this July evening. As we entered we were greeted warmly and guided into the restaurant to authentic Japanese style seating.
Naturally you can’t visit a Sushi restaurant and not have Edamame and this was served freshly made and hot with a generous dusting of sea salt flakes. Seriously moreish it is literally a case of once you pop you can’t stop.
Having had a long day with the children I opted for a caffeine laden coke but my friend tried the fresh lemonade with mint which she thoroughly enjoyed and said it was very refreshing and easy to drink.
This comprises of soft shell crab which if you haven’t tried you really should, avocado, sesame seeds, tobiko (flying fish roe), rice and a sprinkling of tempura around the sides. Another beautiful dish which tasted just as amazing as it looked. I have had soft shell crab at some other restaurants and not everyone seems to get it right but these guys had it perfectly crispy and it was wonderfully fresh.
Yellow tail fish rolls full of freshly cut herbs and coated in the most divine garlic and truffle sauce. If you were eating this in the privacy of your own home you would use a spoon so as not to let all the delicious flavours in the sauce left in the dish go to waste. The freshness of the ingredients as well as the actual ingredients, make this not only delicious but also super healthy. I think that I might have to pop down one day for a cookery lesson by the chef as I was very impressed.
Last but not least was Robata Yaki which is a mix of grilled meat, fish and vegetables. You can select whichever you like from the menu.
We had the Chicken thigh with spring onion which had a wonderfully flavourful yakitori sauce and the chicken was nice and lean. The grilled shitake mushroom which vanished very fast as it was yummy. I got to try Enoki for the first time which is golden mushroom, this was wrapped in a juicy thick piece of bacon which was nicely salted.
What can I say except that this meal was superb! Each mouthful echoes the freshness of the ingredients and the natural flavours of the ingredients; you really couldn’t fault the restaurant in any way. There are so many more tasty treats on the menu to choose from including Dozo Bento boxes. I managed to get a sneaky photo of some of them.
I am already planning who to invite along with me on my next visit which I really do hope will be soon. Don’t let appearances be deceiving either it might look small but there is also another floor with more tables.
With its ideal location and amazing food this truly is a gem in the heart of the city that everyone whether they live in London or are just visiting really should try for themselves. Make sure you book in advance, (to guarantee your table at your desired time) the day before should suffice. As with all good restaurants this place gets busy and I noticed whilst we ate there was a steady stream of people coming in.