Sushi is quickly becoming one of my favourite lunchtime options, but it is not easy to find in London if you want both cheap and good quality.
Although I do not work close enough for this to be a lunchtime treat, it definitely was worth having a boring lunch to go there for an amazing dinner. For a Tuesday night it was fairly busy – this place must be an absolute goldmine, the tables are turned very quickly and there were diners solo, in couples and groups. They try and fit everyone in, imagine a jigsaw puzzle mastermind meets a waitress- this is the situation here.
When you walk in from Frith Street, you will be met with a few tables upstairs (nice enough) but my friend (who recommended this spot to me) asked to eat downstairs, at first you think everyone is sat crossed legged like in a school assembly hall (albeit with the luxury of a cushion) but actually the low table to floor ratio is deceptive as you are seated in zashiki-style. This traditional style eating space has been customised to allow a cut-out area beneath the table which allows your legs to hang. It was not the most elegant of entrances by me, at 5’8ft and wearing a skirt I tried to fold myself into the seated spot- which once into is very comfy it just takes some wriggling to get there. I did see a very tall guy do this with much better flow than I managed (I am happy to try again, practice makes perfect). The tables seat approximately 6 to 8 people so expect to share your table if you’re in a smaller group and it gets busy (which undoubtedly it will do).
You will not go hungry!
We had the set price menu which included up to 6 rounds of cold sushi (you can choose up to 6 sushi dishes in one round), one hot round of dishes (including: dumplings, katsu, beef or chicken teriyaki, sweet potato tempura, edamame, king prawn tempura, wasabi calamari etc). I have included in the header photo a snap of how you order, very handy tick box system.
The bill will not break the bank either. Ours came to £41 for two with service (no alcohol- it was a school night at the beginning of the week). It is very reasonable (handy for those who might still be feeling the effects of buying presents and splurging on too many mulled wines over Christmas).
Our first round of sushi rolls and sashimi (my favourite were the soft shell crab rolls!!)
As a heads up, they only take cash as payment. There is a handily positioned cash point around the corner on Regent street.
This is one, of two Dozo eateries in London, the other is in South Kensington. Might have to try this one out and see if it’s as good.