Despite being located in a shopping centre, this place is fabulous. The high, corrugated-iron ceilings give way to tall windows that let in reams of light. Enormous cakes with presciently bulging girths line the entrance counter, beneath which hang today’s newspapers. The décor is a big part of the appeal here. Oh, and the food is pretty good, too.
A glass of prosecco made a refreshing prelude to the large bowl of fresh and tasty Portobello mushroom soup with rocket and truffle oil. I would usually order something more robust than a salad for my main course, because I really don’t see the point of lettuce, but I thought I’d give the Big Nihon salad a go. Consisting of plump, sweet, soy-cured salmon with julienned kabocha (pumpkin), edamame, pea shoots, buckwheat noodles, cucumber, tofu and tomato tossed with caramelized ginger and toasted goma vinaigrette, it was absolutely delicious and – much to my delight – virtually leaf-free.
My lunch companion described the tandoori club sandwich as “awesome”, and the sweet-and-sour lemon tart, which we shared, provided the perfect finale without leaving us food-drunk.
This is the ideal place for a long lunch with friends, but it also has brunch, tea and dinner menus.