Monthly Archives: February 2015

Shiso, Barbican, London CLOSED

UPDATE 28th April 2015: This branch of Shiso has closed. The Crouch End shop is still open.

Shiso is a small, independent Japanese cafe tucked away on Long Lane near the Barbican. On the menu, you will find a selection of sashimi and sushi sets, gyoza, chicken katsu, noodles, teriyaki and Japanese tea. Vegetarian options include vegetarian sushi, gyoza and noodles. The style is self service and very much like the chain, Wasabi – the sushi are already pre-packaged and displayed in a fridge for you to take to the counter. The hot dishes are ordered at the counter too and are also already prepared. Shiso is very popular at lunchtime and there is often a queue of people, usually ordering food for takeaway. There are three or four small tables to eat in but they do get nabbed very quickly. The turn over is fairly quick however. The food can sell out quickly too – once it’s gone, it’s gone 🙂  Continue reading

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Jen Cafe London Chinatown

Jen Café, Chinatown, London

Cuisine: Chinese

I am partial to a good dumpling, from Italian gnocchi to Czech bread dumplings to good old British dumplings (made with vegetarian suet of course!). I also love east Asian dumplings – Japanese gyoza and, naturally, the lovely little bundles you get in dim sum. London’s Chinatown is full of restaurants that serve dim sum and dumplings – I have been to a few. Jen Café, which is on the corner of Newport Place in Chinatown, however stands out for me because of their signature homemade dumplings. This is not a restaurant as such, more of a Chinese café that feels not dissimilar to a Hong Kong cha chaang teng, the equivalent of a Hong Kong ‘greasy spoon’ cafe.

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