162 Tottenham Court Road
Monday to Sunday: 11:30 – 10pm.
In short, Japanese Canteen serves clichéd Japanese food like ramen and bento box meals almost like a fast-food chain, probably owned by non-Japanese, cooked by non-Japanese chefs (probably an insult to chefs to call the cooks at Japanese Canteen chefs), patronized only by undiscerning non-Japanese customers, and the food probably sucks.
Surprisingly, not all of that is true. Well, at least, the last bit isn’t true – the food doesn’t suck. That this isn’t true is probably the most surprising of all, but the food really doesn’t suck. That’s not to say that it’s the most mind-blowing gourmet discovery of the year, but it is as it is written – the food doesn’t suck.
We had the Chicken Curry Donburi with noodles (extra 50p for noodles instead of rice) and Pork Curry Donburi (with noodles as well) and they were both very satisfying, much to our surprise. The udon noodles were more than enough to fill us up, and the curry was actually pretty good, though slightly too watery. K really liked the little pickles added on top of the curry as well.
Overall, not bad if you’re looking for a quick and filling lunch. It won’t tick any gourmet boxes and there’s absolutely no service to speak of (it operates more like a take-away), but it is decent, and well, the food doesn’t suck.