Review on Café Japan

'Not posh, but polished' is a typically snappy verdict on this great-value Japanese café. No-frills charm is part of its appeal, with a deli-style sushi counter out front, and regimented rows of utilitarian lacquered tables at the back.

Dazzlingly fresh sushi and sashimi is the reason why local Japanese make a beeline for the place. Mixed combos are a handy option for the uninitiated; otherwise explore delicacies such as salmon roe with shiso herb, slippery sea urchin with raw quail's egg, turbot fins, sea bass and various elite cuts of tuna. There are also monster hand rolls (the 'Californian' version includes avocado and salmon with mayo) and various cooked dishes like black cod in miso, grilled eel and salt-grilled salmon neck.

Drink saké, tea or Japanese beer and round things off in style with a glass of plum wine. Note that opening hours may vary and booking can sometimes be a problem. It's cash only at lunchtimes.

Café Japan is also featured in: Good Food Guide, Hardens

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Restaurant Opening Times

Lunch: 12.00 - 2.00pm Wed-Fri (12.00 - 2.30pm Sat & Sun)
Dinner: 6.00 - 9.45pm Wed-Sat (9.15pm Sun)

Accepted credit cards

Visa, Master Card

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Facilities at Café Japan

  • Private parties
  • Vegetarian menu
  • 39 covers
  • Family Friendly


Café Japan
626 Finchley Road
Golders Green
North West London
NW11 7RR

Nearest tube station: Golders Green

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