Restaurant in Bethnal Green
Situated a short walk from Brick Lane is the wonderful Issho-ni. If you know the area it used to be Noodle King but has been kept within the family to offer a new contemporary Japanese restaurant in Bethnal Green. The restaurant serves a number of sharing plates, Izakaya style, paired with carefully crafted cocktails which complement “issho-ni” (translated as ‘together with’) the cocktails.
Issho-ni has a decent selection of Japanese style cocktails with suggested food pairings. Served short and strong is the Our Punch (£9.50) with roku gin, rum, assam skin tea, bittermelon rice tea, okinawa sugar. The origami crane attached to the cocktail was a nice touch. We loved the Heaven Christmas cocktail special with fords gin, muscadet, tiger nuts, pears. The cocktail had bold flavours but was still refreshing.
The head chef, Eduardo Aguiar, was the former head chef of Bone Daddies / Shack-Fuyu so we were in good hands. The menu has a great variety without being complicated or overbearing and is reasonably priced. That means you can enjoy a number of dishes without breaking the bank.
We started with some small plates of Edamame with smoked salt (£3.50) Padron Peppers, sansho salt (£4.20) and Lotus Root Chips (£3.50). The edamame was probably the best we have ever tasted – it was so salty and moreish. When we mentioned this to the owner, Claire, shesaid that she had sampled a number of Japanese suppliers and these were the most impressive. The Grilled Broccoli was similarly impressive with the addition of delicious yuzu miso and crispy shallots.
More small plates
The yakitori selection was fantastic including chicken, beef brisket and Giant Prawns. We ordered Claire’s recommendation of Iberico Kushiyaki – marinated iberico pork shoulder, yuzu miso (2 skewers £6.90). These were phenomenal – they were perfectly marinated and flavoured and succulent and delicious. Given we have paid £5 for one yakitori skewer in the past, we thought £6.90 was a steal.
The Breaded Pork Katsu Curry (£8.90) was a great portion size for the value served with plenty of katsu sauce. We loved the Vegetable roll with yamagobo , takuwan , shiso leaf, cucumber, yuzu salsa (£7.20). The crispy veggies surrounded by perfectly cooked sushi rice and a light dash of hot sauce was fantastic. Lastly, we had the Inari (tofu skin) pockets topped with mushroom (£1.90) which was a great addition.
Issho-ni is a fantastic Japanese restaurant in Bethnal Green with delicious food and inventive cocktails at reasonable prices. We are looking forward to returning to sample the rest of the menu and check out the bottomless brunch offering. If you dine early between 5.30 and 6.30 you can also get 2 cocktails for £12.
East London Girl: Issho-Ni
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