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Japan Centre

Food & Drink Shop, Japanese Restaurant, and Sushi Restaurant
Soho
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  • Chinoiseries
    "Get the melon pan and dorayaki."(3 Tips)
    Owen M.
    "Authentic Japanese food for a reasonable price."(3 Tips)
    Dave C.
    "Awesome selection of Japanese ingredients and a wide range of sushi."(2 Tips)
    リジュイン
    "The best Japanese Market in London"(2 Tips)
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  • Liam B.
    Liam BranaghanOctober 4, 2014
    Amazing sushi, saké, ramen, tempura, green tea.. the list goes on. Definitely recommend grabbing some of the takeaway food. Some items can be a tad expensive so watch out (£14 for green tea Kit Kats!)
  • Lolla M.
    Lolla MoonAugust 31, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    I just come here to buy Calpico, magazines and Melon pan, but there's more to the place. The food looks delicious. Plenty great groceries if you want to try your hand at home.
  • B
    BJanuary 15, 2016
    Come here for some Japanese fast food. There are seats for you to enjoy in the store. Otherwise, you can come here for a shopping of Japanese products, from miso to Pocky cookies.
  • Bernardo B.
    Bernardo BelloFebruary 24, 2014
    Great place to shop for Japanese food or ingredients to take home...it never ends. Also great for lunch. Has also some other interesting things from Japan.
  • Jonathan C.
    Jonathan ChooOctober 7, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Come early and avoid the crowd. Lunch is great value for London. If you go for the Katsu Curry, ask them to heat it up longer as the microwave isn't that powerful.
  • Jennifer H.
    Jennifer HardiSeptember 10, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Their sushi takeaway is always my favourite. Very fresh. For dessert, go for custard dorayaki, black sesame pudding or green tea puff!
  • Benjamien S.
    Benjamien SmoldersJanuary 12, 2015
    Great place for "a bit out of the ordinary" shopping. Also consider grabbing lunch here. It's Japanese food at a level the big chains can only dream off.
  • 🌬Nad
    🌬NadSeptember 1, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    This place is great! There are excellent quality sushi and Japanese hot food! Lot of choice on the products as well! Definitely love it!
  • Nick F.
    Nick FormosoMarch 1, 2012
    Go there around 8:30pm (30 minutes before closing time), and most refrigerator items will be 50% off!
  • Magdalena M.
    Full of Japanese treats, food, magazines and much more! For students they have a 10% discount!
  • Sophie R.
    Sophie R.March 12, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Free miso soup when you spend 5pounds on take-away, perfect for lunch. Don't be scared by the massive queue at noon, it goes really fast and definitely worth it!
  • Leigh C.
    Leigh CrawleyAugust 4, 2016
    Love the fresh sashimi here. If you shop at the end of the day, sometimes they do sashimi offcuts for very cheap. Bargain!
  • Dave C.
    Dave CrawleyMarch 18
    Awesome selection of Japanese ingredients and a wide range of sushi. Not cheap but worth the extra.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Mike P.
    Mike PittsAugust 15, 2013
    Awesome sushi to eat in or takeaway and very good value. Great place for a top healthy lunch under a tenner.
  • Jeffrey J.
    Jeffrey JamesJune 12, 2015
    Convenient location & good selection of Japanese snacks and groceries. It is a little too crowded as they provide tables for people eating in store.
  • Brandon 🍣🍶☕️
    Brandon 🍣🍶☕️December 27, 2015
    Wow. Authentic Japanese market hidden away in London. Check this place out please. Get a bottle of CC Lemon.
  • Jennifer Sarah Y.
    Jennifer Sarah Yg.June 12, 2014
    I found everything I need for an amazing Japanese dinner! Super friendly staff too! (Rare for London) definitely coming back!
  • Simon G.
    Simon GosneyAugust 23, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    What a fantastic place. Great, nourishing, cheap fast food. All served well by friendly staff and in an invitingly Japanese ambience.
  • Flora T.
    Flora TanSeptember 19, 2013
    As the Japan centre says goodbye to its regent street location on Sunday, all items (except alcohol) are 20% off up to Sunday!
  • Angela L.
    Very crowded (especially during lunch time) but has just about everything you could want in a Japanese market. Great variety of takeout, both hot & cold. Groceries can get a bit pricey.
  • Mark A.
    Mark AshworthNovember 9, 2014
    Great for stocking up on Matcha powder. Great value bento sets, with your choice of white or brown rice.
  • prima f.
    prima filiMarch 20, 2016
    Lots of Japanese products, including fresh and eat in. However always too busy, and the new location feels very cramped
  • joe
    joeMarch 13, 2011
    Best Japanese market in london. Prices have gone up over last few years. Example, red bean bread price went up about 50%the last few years.
  • Svetlana
    SvetlanaJuly 25, 2013
    A great Japanese food shop in walking distance from Leicester Square. Tasty food and good value for money!
  • Beth W.
    Beth WilkinsonJanuary 6, 2015
    Considering the location great choice and value for your money. If you like sushi etc you should try it.
  • Miguel A.
    Miguel AlonsoDecember 20, 2014
    Great Japanese food and supermarket, and inexpensive. The reduce prices of the fresh food in the evenings
  • Owen M.
    Owen McCabeNovember 17, 2015
    Authentic Japanese food for a reasonable price. Great range of sushi at various prices!
  • DC
    DCApril 20, 2015
    Come around 6 pm and get 50 % off sushis and trays !
    Upvoted Mar 4
  • Chinoiseries
    ChinoiseriesFebruary 25, 2016
    Get the melon pan and dorayaki. There's one vegan onigiri option in the readymade food section.
  • Glorfind3l
    Glorfind3lSeptember 24, 2014
    A must visit for Japan food lovers! Such a good food at such a good price! :)
  • Giorgio D.
    Giorgio D.January 9, 2013
    Great Japan Food in London. Not expansive. Fresh food. Try the tempura.
  • Cate T.
    Cate TFebruary 17, 2015
    So much fun to explore - interesting new ingredients and good peoplewatching to be had
  • Tim F.
    Tim FergusonAugust 12, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Make sure to pick up some authentic Takoyaki downstairs at UMAI on your way out!
  • Iker G.
    Iker GorostizagaOctober 25, 2012
    Great food, but is better to take away down to snt James park and eat it there!!!
  • Andrea C.
    Andrea CastegnaroFebruary 22, 2015
    Lot of Japanese kitchen ingredients (especially four sushi). Watch out for the prices!
  • H R.
    H ReardenMay 28, 2012
    Always a bit busy, but the steamed pork buns are to die for. Only 2.40!
  • Fuyuhiko T.
    Fuyuhiko TakayaMarch 10, 2012
    One of my favourite instant noodle is chicken ramen! must-try it!
  • Jojo
    JojoSeptember 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Gets very crowded but great for all your Japanese food and drinks! :)
  • Ann M.
    Ann MarieMarch 17, 2011
    Best place to go for Japanese related books and also magazines but they are all in Japanese.
  • Bobby
    BobbyJanuary 16, 2016
    Only place I know in London where you can stock up on Japanese supplies, but it's prohibitively expensive.
  • Steffie W.
    Steffie WongApril 29, 2015
    Really cheap fresh sushi to takeaway. Brown rice options too!
  • Manuel
    ManuelJuly 2, 2012
    They now charge to eat in, 20% more on the bill! Also food changed, like toku, the place is less and less traditional and more and more for tourists...
  • Aiden F.
    Aiden FernandezSeptember 23, 2011
    Perfect place for the best Sake & instant-Ramen - a haven for all students! Read more
  • Phil K.
    Phil KenchAugust 25, 2015
    Good range of eel / unagi sushi which isn't available everywhere.
  • Emma B.
    Emma BanfieldMarch 14, 2015
    Love this place. Great cheap lunch heart of London. Do it
  • Clare
    ClareJanuary 24, 2012
    Sashimi still tastes fresh evening in the evening. Delicious!
  • Lexi Z.
    Lexi ZhaoMay 10, 2015
    I regularly come to Japan Centre. For their food, bentos, buns,etc
  • Kacper S.
    Kacper SzymanekApril 26, 2015
    The selection of takeaway menu never disappoints and quality over passes the selection.
  • Alessandro M.
    Alessandro MingioneDecember 21, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    A good Japanese market with take away of fresh sushi and mochi.
  • Roxanna
    RoxannaJanuary 21, 2012
    Donburi bowls getting more expensive while portions are shrinking and mostly rice!
  • Andrea C.
    Andrea CampiJuly 11, 2015
    Bento items have gone dramatically down. No comparison to what you can get in other cities; actually you can probably find better at Whole Foods Market. Sad
  • Delia L.
    Delia LaurentAugust 10, 2014
    A whole shop dedicated to Japanese food! Other items not so interesting though#
  • Tim F.
    Tim FergusonJanuary 25, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Now stocking my favourite Japanese chokorate! (At an audacious £1.77!)
  • Maried T.
    Maried TrujilloFebruary 28, 2013
    NIce food, good service better wifi
  • Luke B.
    Luke BarklimoreApril 18, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Usually has a good selection of Japanese Pocky, not Thai/Chinese.
  • Claudia R.
    Claudia RFebruary 11
    Gyoza where great! And the takoyaki too :o!!!
  • Scott G.
    Scott GJuly 21, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Amazing selection of Japanese everything. Come here for your manga and your imported video games! :)
  • Alain G.
    Alain GiadinMarch 3, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing sushis, my new go-to lunch place.
  • Jonathan C.
    Jonathan ChooMay 26, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Piri Piri Yakiniku Beef rice burger.
  • Clara B.
    Clara BayarriFebruary 2, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the food cart downstairs, great buns
  • Magdalena M.
    Heaven for every japanese book/manga/magazine... lover!
  • Tonic Music
    Tonic MusicMay 3, 2011
    The source of our Friday Sushi Session music brain-food. Weekly playlist with your Sushi? Read more
  • Jack T.
    Jack TravellerSeptember 28, 2014
    The best sushi in london. A hidden jem
  • Svetlana
    SvetlanaDecember 11, 2013
    Look for chicken yakitori skewers in the freezer!
  • Karl G.
    Karl GilbertAugust 20, 2010
    Good quality sushi, get there just before 1pm to avoid the chaos
  • Hao T.
    Hao TranAugust 4, 2012
    50% sushi happy hour starts daily around 8pm
  • Scott G.
    Scott GJanuary 24, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    Everything is expensive. Do not shop here thinking you got a bargain, you sure as hell didn't. Buy online or from nearby Chinese supermarkets instead.
  • Amy Lynn S.
    Amy Lynn SwarbrickApril 5, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The teriyaki tofu skewers are delicious!
  • Leslie C.
    Leslie Cohen amonJanuary 9, 2012
    Best sushi in the world!! And so cheep..
  • zeespace
    zeespaceOctober 14, 2016
    Apparently what was good was not what I picked. The sushi was so so. Nothing great. The donburi was not good at all. The guidance was the best part. Would not go back.
  • Arman
    Arman3 weeks ago
    Delicious Japanese food next to Picadilly circus
  • Alexandre R.
    Alexandre RotyFebruary 26, 2014
    Every Japanese thing you need!
  • Shaun H.
    Shaun H.July 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Who says you can't get melon pan in London?
  • Roberta B.
    Roberta BMApril 16, 2012
    salmon chirashi to kill for!
  • Alessia B.
    Alessia BorysAugust 14, 2015
    So much sushi. Fresh and yum
  • リジュイン
    リジュインMarch 25, 2012
    The best Japanese Market in London
  • Simone M.
    Simone MaccaferriAugust 15, 2016
    The best price-to-quality sushi ever
  • Carmen G.
    Carmen GloriaMay 21, 2012
    Ramen lovers: this is your address!!
  • Nick F.
    Nick FrancisOctober 25, 2015
    Scrumpy matcha and yuzu goodness
  • Mitch C.
    Mitch CutmoreMarch 21, 2015
    Head straight for the matcha kitkats 🏃
  • kimi
    kimiFebruary 1, 2013
    A lot of things ;) music the doors ..
  • sco
    scoOctober 13, 2012
    Japanese students get free newspapers here!!
  • Dan C.
    Dan CalladineSeptember 15, 2010
    Excellent sushi at very reasonable prices
  • Kaustav B.
    Kaustav BhattacharyaFebruary 13, 2010
    The best Japanese fast food joint in London. great sushi.
  • CheChe
    CheCheJanuary 15, 2013
    Good....great place to shop and eat :)
  • K K.
    K KJune 17, 2010
    Incredible food...sushi, hot noodles and more. Go there.
  • Jan A.
    Jan AOctober 3, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Reopened at Shaftesbury avenue. Looks like a space ship.
  • Jaeho K.
    Jaeho KimNovember 10, 2011
    sushi is not the best but others are reasonable
  • Juan A.
    Juan AgeitosSeptember 27, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Probably the best take out sushi in London
  • Chris B.
    Chris BrowneSeptember 23, 2013
    Relocating to 19 Shaftesbury Avenue in October 2013.
  • Arturo C.
    Arturo CorreaFebruary 18, 2016
    Prawn tempura
  • Jonathan S.
    Jonathan SmithOctober 18, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Free miso soup every time. Winner.
  • Marjorie C.
    Marjorie CJuly 9, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Good prices for takeaway items but groceries are massively overpriced
  • Brandon 🍣🍶☕️
    Brandon 🍣🍶☕️December 26, 2015
    They have cc lemon!!!!!
  • Sara W.
    Sara WongJune 25, 2016
    Sashimi sets are very cheap but tasted horrible. Not fresh and the salmon sashimi I had tasted off
  • R G.
    R GillApril 20, 2013
    Ice cream mochi!!
  • DuBose C.
    DuBose ColeJuly 3, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Amazing food. Try the Beef Sukiyakidon.
  • Aphirat ♡ S.
    Aphirat ♡ SuthajittoApril 3, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Reduce in price of daily-made food after 20:30pm
  • Amy W.
    Amy WaltersMarch 4, 2011
    great selection of japanese groceries!
  • Raphael C.
    Raphael CockxAugust 31, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the sushi made with brown rice.
  • Delikat E.
    Delikat EssencesOctober 17, 2012
    Centro Japonés con actividades culturales y un gran supermercado con todo tipo de productos para cocinar japo en casa, además de un impresionante surtido de sushi, gyoza, etc. para llevar.
  • Merve B.
    Merve BaşbuğFebruary 1, 2015
    Soho/Picadelly de muhtesem bi Japon Marketi hersey var self servis/mutfak araç-gereç/porselen vs. 👌👌👌
  • Samuel C.
    Samuel CamposOctober 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Recuerda que después de las 20:00 todo vale un 50% menos
  • Roberto F.
    Roberto FJanuary 24, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Muito bom comprar comida japonesa e saborear um udon
  • David A.
    David Arboledas BerrocalDecember 14, 2011
    Una increíble tienda-restaurante de comida japonesa. Bueno, barato y con WiFi
  • Wordbank Ltd
    Wordbank LtdAugust 4, 2011
    Great sushi and lots of variety. Ask for the day's specials in Japanese! They're bound to produce something amazing for your efforts! "今日のおすすめは何ですか?" [Kyō no osusume wa nan desuka?] www.wordbank.com
  • AEH (.
    AEH (=´∀`)January 8, 2014
    ราเม็งชาชู , โดรายากิใส้สตรอเบอรี่ครีม ที่สุดอะ! 😌
  • Ricardo P.
    Ricardo PinedaOctober 28, 2010
    Es un pequeño rincón de Japon en Londres, siempre vale la pena una visita.
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