Tsunami

93 Charlotte Street
London W1T 4PY
020 7637 0050
http://www.tsunamirestaurant.co.uk/

Opening Hours
Lunch:
Monday to Friday 12-3pm
Dinner:
Monday to Saturday 5.30-11.30pm

Being so near to where we stay, we have frequented Tsunami on a couple of occasions. It has hardly ever disappointed us, though A notes that it has lost a little of its appeal, perhaps because the novelty of having such food has worn out.

The décor in Tsunami is very pretty, but the dim lighting and the red hue makes it very hard to take good photos of anything at all. The toilets are also very dark and almost claustrophobic, and in general the whole place could do with a lot more light.

Food wise, Tsunami serves some very nice dishes. The quality is a notch below places like Roka and Nobu, but its price makes it much better value for money. One can’t always have the best food everyday – Tsunami is our alternative to Roka, its poor sister if you may.

The assorted seafood tempura is always something we order. At £6.50, as compared to £4.90 for just shrimp tempura, it’s a no-brainer. However, as with most seafood tempura, we can never make out what fish they are serving us. We are told it’s black cod, but it could very well be something else and we wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.

We also always go for the deep fried baby cuttlefish, though it has never been very good. It could definitely do with a little more salt. Till today we have no idea why we never stop and tell ourselves not to order that dish ever again.

The Gin Dara (Black Cod with Miso) is a must have for us. We have had black cod done this way in a couple of restaurants, and there is definitely a difference between say, Roka’s and Tsunami’s. Tsunami’s Gin Dara has a slightly slimier texture than Roka or Nobu’s, but for the price, we’re very willing to look beyond that imperfection. One plus point to Tsunami though, is the dipping sauce that comes with the black cod. There is a very special taste in the sauce, and we can never get enough of it. If they sold it in bottles, K would buy it and drink it. But I wouldn’t let him.

We usually try to go easy on the maki rolls, but we simply can’t. We love the unagi and foie gras roll. You have to try this for yourself to understand what we mean. The unagi is grilled to perfection, and the foie gras lends something very special to the dish. The first time A tried foie gras at Roka she hated the buttery texture, but at Tsunami, this foie gras is done perfectly well. You also cannot go wrong with the dragon roll (shrimp tempura) and the soft shelled crab roll. Sashimi at Tsunami is also very nice.

Another dish we like a lot is the Lamb Cutlets in Korean Chili Sauce. Once again, the star is the sauce. We usually end up just eating the sauce by itself because it is that good. The lamb cutlets are also very nice in their own right, though they tend to be on the fatty side.

Overall, we love Tsunami, and highly recommend it to everyone. A brought her sister to Tsunami when she flew over to London for a holiday, and she loved it as much as we do.

Service: 8/10
Food: 8/10

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