London’s iconic Japanese food shop has a new flagship in Leicester Square
LONDON: Mei Ume is now at Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square, incorporating both Chinese and Japanese dishes into its menu of Asian flavours. The restaurant has a live sushi station and serves small plates such as Shanghai braised pork ribs and dim sum, alongside larger standout dishes including whole Peking duck and Wagyu beef from Kagoshima.
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London is getting more Asian food courts. Bang Bang Oriental opened in North London – a sprawling venue with a pan-Asian Street Food Market vibe, celebrating Asia’s vibrant culture with 33 individual kiosks under one roof, including Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Indian, Vietnamese, Taiwanese and Malaysian cuisine.
The Japan Centre – London’s iconic Japanese food shop established in the 1970s – is opening a new flagship food hall on Panton Street by Leicester Square. Its large dining hall will be surrounded by open kitchens.
A new Japanese-inspired fast food joint with a cheeky name has arrived on Soho’s Wardour Street. Ichi Buns are unique Asian-style burgers brought to you by Alan Yau – the man behind popular restaurant chains Wagamama and Busaba. Choices include a panko meatball burger and ‘Hokkaido’: two grilled patties, red onions, shiitake mushrooms and blue cheese fondue. Or, you can opt for ramen and spring rolls – but these aren’t your average spring rolls. These are cheeseburger spring rolls.
US-based ‘Asian Table’ casual dining chain P. F. Changs arriving Covent Garden The affordable menu is inspired by street food and Asian flavours
Se is a tea house, bar and delicatessen from drinks expert Richard Hunt has opened in Stoke Newington. It specialises in apéritifs, globally-inspired cocktails and fine teas, and food inspired by Middle Eastern, Asian and Mediterranean cuisines. Address: 4a Brooke Road, Stoke Newington, North London, N16 7LS