Thursday, 11 December 2014

Itadaki Zen, London

Life's been super hectic recently and I've been neglecting everything that isn't packing, fixing my house, talking to estate agents, franticly eBaying all of the things I've realised that I no longer need, tying up loose ends and spending every spare second with the friends I'm going to miss once I'm no longer on this island. I have been managing to eat though so you don't need to worry about me. I always have time for food! 

Yesterday saw me heading to London early to get my My Little Pony tattoo touched up by the artist who did it for me at the Brighton Tattoo Convention back in February (see what I mean about tying up loose ends?!) and meeting my oldest friend for a much needed catch up - I last saw her at my wedding which was almost five years ago now but thankfully when you've known someone since you were three picking up exactly where you left off is easy. 

In-between all of that I managed to catch the one and a half hour lunch window (12:30 - 2) at Itadaki Zen which, as I'm missing Japanese food always, I was stupid excited about. I almost skipped there despite the tattoo pain!



The lunch menu is small but despite that I still had trouble choosing between udon dishes and donburi and I eventually settled upon the Tempura Bento set which came with miso. They were super accommodating about my allergies and were able to leave the peppers out of this dish for me.


The miso was warming and didn't scrimp on the tofu and the bento itself came with light crisp tempura vegetables, a fantastic spring roll (one of the best ever), rice with vegetables which included the teeniest little mushrooms, sesame green beans, a salad which had the most perfect soy based dressing and sesame tofu which I could eat for every meal and be happy. 


Everything about the meal was wonderful, it was really light but filling and it transported me back to Japan at first bite. I ate at Itadaki Zen once a long time ago, maybe six years, maybe more, and I don't remember loving it anywhere near this much. Now I'm wishing that I lived in the Kings Cross / Caledonian Road area so that I could eat every meal there. If you haven't been yet I would highly recommend it. It's also not far from Cookies & Scream either which is where I headed for dessert, their warm cookies are amazing on a cold day. Or a warm day. Any day really!

As well as packing, eating and running around to see friends I've been finding the time to get pretty festive! This might be the last Christmas Nick and I spend in our cute little house for a while so we've been making the most of it. The tree is up, the mince pies have been eaten and the non-alcoholic punch has been mulling away on the stove. We won't be exchanging presents this year but we will be taking part in all of our favourite traditions: visiting the beach on Christmas morning, eating an excessive amount of roast potatoes and watching as many christmassy movies as possible, Love Actually, Elf, The Holiday and Miracle on 34th Street are my favourites what are yours?

I have a great competition coming up next Tuesday so watch out for that and I've been diligently eating chocolate so that I can give you the lowdown on some great new products before I leave. Not long now!

10 comments:

  1. Sounds like you've been super busy, it's great to hear what you've been up to! Miracle on 34th Street is one of my favourites too but will avoid Love Actually at all costs!

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    1. Ha, I totally get that. I think I have a rom com problem!

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  2. Thanks for the reminder to visit Itadaki Zen. I've only been once and that was years ago. I don't live too far away so I've no excuse not to go back. I didn't realise they were open for lunch either. Enjoy all the Christmas/trip preparations!

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    1. Thanks! I think lunch opening might be a new thing but they were really busy which is a great sign.

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  3. Oooh, what an adorable bento box!!

    Btw, I hope you get to meet up with Poopie Bitch while she's in the U.K.!

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    1. I'm totally meeting Poopie for brunch in London! Can't wait!

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  4. Very cool looking restaurant, the food looks great too :)

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  5. That food looks amazing! And how did I miss that you had a My Little Pony tattoo? That is so cool.
    I love Love Actually and watch it every Christmas! My Facebook and Twitter feed will be awash with people posting articles to why it is the worst movie ever, but I don't care. I also love watching It's A Wonderful Life.

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  6. For some reason I thought this place had gone so this is great to read. I must try and get there some day! I'm not that big on Christmas films but I do love It's A Wonderful Life and we did order the complete Royal Family on DVD yesterday so we can watch the good xmas specials :)

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  7. Eeek! Lots of stuff to do! But, that food looks awesome. I've been meaning to pay a visit to Itadaki Zen for some time now.

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