Nanban Brixton

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Japanese

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Nanban serves Japanese soul food with roots in the southern island of Kyushu, where bold flavours and foreign influences reign supreme.

Inspiration is taken from culinary cues in Brixton Market, with its incredible selection of global ingredients and fresh produce.

Nanban's also offers a full range of Classics and Signature cocktails complementing there extensive range of Sake and Shochu.
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4.0based on all time ratings
4.1
food
3.8
service
3.9
ambience
3.8
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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PaulH
London
7 reviews
Reviewed on 17 January 2019
Overall4foodserviceambience

A lovely Japanese restaurant serving some really great food. I can't recommend the "Third best Scotch Egg in London" enough. Staff were great, atmosphere was vibrant. All in all a good experience, would happily go again.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter was great at providing recommendations and sitting at the counter was a great experience!

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Blinky
London
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2018
Overall2food2service3ambience4

The menu looks great and like it would be delicious but the actual food isn’t very nice. Neither were any of the cocktails and even the gin and tonic I had wasn’t very nice - surely hard to get wrong!? I figured it must be cheap gin or flat tonic. V. Disappointing.

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sp007
London
8 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great goat curry, lively jam packed & fun - looking forward to returning

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Tables way too close together, felt I was on 3 other couples dates. Overall the food is just very salty and there's not enough variety. Ramen all tasted very similar - just not the best place I've ever been.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2018
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Hi,
I came with a high expectation of food. I had a soup of the day and I ask the waitress (who was really kind) to change the soup because the fish was not fresh.
I think I will try to come one more time but it is definitely not the best experience I had in London.
The staff is really nice and I will thank them for it!

Best,
Giovanna

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Delightful

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BarbaraD
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2018
Overall2food4service1ambience3

I've been to Nanban before and loved it but this meal was marred by poor service and one very rude waitress. Everything was fine until we were brought the menu for a second time to look at desserts and then no-one came to take our order. We were sat in a corner at the front and another couple were also waiting to order their mains. I had to wave to get the waitress's attention for both tables in the end. It was pretty irritating.
A different waitress then brought us the green teas we had ordered and announced that usually, customers were only allowed to stay at a table for two hours but she wanted to let us know that she'd checked with her manager and it was ok for us to stay and finish our drinks. When I tried to point out to her that the only reason we'd taken so long was because no-one came to serve us, she spoke over me and kept saying: 'I'm telling you that it's ok to stay' as if she was doing us a favour. I asked to speak to the manager - who is a lovely guy - but I don't think anyone really understood why the situation was so annoying. If you want to get customers through your restaurant in a couple of hours then try serving them faster.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2018
Overall3food1service3ambience4

Main courses disappointing although the small plates were good.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2018
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Was a lovely restaurant, however we felt a bit rushed ie ordering food and finishing off dessert.

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KirstyA
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Drinks didn’t arrive until we’d already started our food and and the lady who took us to our seats didn’t crack a smile once. However it was a really busy, buzzy night and the food was really tasty. Glad we went but wouldn’t rush back.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Very nice evening. Good food as usual but found starters to be more interesting and better than the mains. Wine list not very extensive but good wines

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AlexG
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Food was beyond average and tasteless. Service was appalling. Manager should be fired.

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2018
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Very average mostly fried food. Not hot. Preprared not fresh made. Cold food is not good. Not what we expected from a Masterchef winner.

Very dissapointed. Will not be back.

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TomO
London
6 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2018
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Hate to say this but my last experience at Nanban wasn't great. I'd been 3-4 times before and it always felt a bit special - a cut above the offerings in Brixton Village and Market Row. The service is usually great. This time not so good. We were sat at our table and not offered drinks, I had to chase someone up. The food took ages to come, when it did it wasn't hot enough, and the staff looks generally disinterested and unengaged. It is SUCH a shame as I loved coming here, but yet again, as is the case with many restaurants in London, service is letting it down.

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Rhys
London
6 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2018
Overall3food4service3ambience2

The food was nice, although the table was a little cramped and the service slightly lacking.

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ChrisL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2018
Overall3food2service4ambience1

Sadly it’s gone badly downhill since the summer. Specials were gone at 6 pm and it’s expensive now for Chelsea let all be Brixton

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AC10
London
4 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Have been a good few times but this was the first time since June last year. Sadly the two wonderful dishes - the eel and mushrooms in ponzu butter - which made us go back time and time again, are no longer served. We were seated upstairs but there was only one person serving and it was difficult at times to attract her attention. Drinks were slow arriving, as the water glasses are small and filled by the waitress, for most of my main course I had neither a drink or water. Really rather underwhelming compared to previous visits.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2018
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Great chicken wings!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my third visit and it never disappoints. The food is amazing the restaurant design is very cool and that staff are lovely. Highly recommend a visit.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2017
Overall1food3service2ambience2

My last visit was disappointed. We were there for Christmas Eve. We had a table booked for 9pm. They called us asking if we could make it earlier, but we couldn't. They wanted to close early, so we had to rush to finish our course and despite we asked for dessert earlier we couldn't get it. It was too late. We would appreciate not to take our booking and we could have better evening home, raher than eating fast and not enjoy the food which I must say was very good. Very bad management

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2017
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Above all, the service was just awful. Told we would get a jug of water soon after we sat down. After asking twice again we received 2 small glass of tepid tap water. Received the wrong drinks, and the food, well, it was ok, but not what was expected of 'the best restaurant in Brixton' as some feedback had implied. In fact if that was s the case then the rest of Brixton must be very average indeed. It was not that I was expecting fine dining, but just that I expected the food to have something a little special. It did not, and since the service was so poor, it took so long to get anything, and yet they still added automatically 12.5%, I thought the whole package very unimpressive; not terrible, but nothing to recommend at all.

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TimL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Second visit for me to Namban and second time the booking was messed up - shouldn't be rocket science!

Once seated we relaxed and were made welcome by the staff delivering overall good service.

The Angry Birds remain a favorite but the outstanding dish we had was the Goat Ramen - rich warming and comforting but spiked with fabulous scotch bonnet poached bamboo shoots to assure a gentle prickling of scalp sweat.

We went the beer route for drinks and the Nanban Kanpai was the clear winner.

We'll be back,

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I surprised my girlfriend by taking her on a trip to London for her birthday. We come from the netherlands. I got the golden tip of My Brother to reserve a table at Nanban for diner. In my reservation I mentioned the 25th birthday of my girlfriend. Luckily we got one of the best tables on the 2nd floor next to the window. The view was very Nice!
Also the food was really good. We had a great night.

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Birthdaygal
London
13 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Really great food & very friendly service! We had lots of small dishes. Bit pricier than a regular night out but for something a bit special we will be back!

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Rowena
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Place was really cram and the ramen was too salty. Service was good though.

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ashtronaut
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We went to Nanban for a quick pre-gig bite to eat and were pleasantly surprised. It’s much nicer than your average ramen spot – really good food (and not just ramen!) fun atmosphere and yummy cocktails too. Would definitely visit again.

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EmilyH
London
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our meal at Nanban - we tried as much as we could squeeze in and all was delicious. We also enjoyed cocktails and the shochu tasting flight. Highly recommend it and worth a visit to Brixton on it's own.

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LadyBee
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2017
Overall5food5service3ambience3

The food here is really excellent. Even your basic bowl of ramen is really outstanding. I like the fact the menu encompasses basics like ramen as well as much more adventurous and unusual options, which makes it a great place for group dining. They also do dishes of the day with whatever is fresh and seasonal from Brixton market. Desserts are also superb: creative, unusual and delicious. Will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Friendly, lively place with interesting food: Japanese recipes, using ingredients from Brixton market.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely food and great service. Went for a casual get together with friends, Would definitely return again

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vipVicks
London
17 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Very nice food, especially the starters! Service a bit hit and miss, could do better.

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JosO
London
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice marinated meat slices entree, followed by a wonderfull tempura fishbbowl with kale and a Korean spicy sauce, tasted hot at first but did not overpower, very nice balanced dish. Finished with 2 very inventive dessert, tasting heavinly. top food and pleassant easy going service. Will go back.

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vipGary
London
182 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2017
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Went before a gig and was somewhat disappointed. We were a table of 4 and nobody came away feeling that they had particularly enjoyed their meal. While I understand that the point is not to create authentic Japanese food, this seemed to be of the standard where you would try your hand at making Japanese food at home. Certain dishes were better than others but all in all not that good.

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veggie
London
12 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food. We were seated downstairs, which is a little cosy. If I was going again I would ask for a table in the upstairs dining room.

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
11 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Service was slow to start with. Starter was quite small. Ramen was great, if slightly expensive. The place is very friendly just needs a few tweaks for exceptional

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Matt
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2017
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Great food and good atmosphere. Other than delivering the order, there was absolutely no effort made by the waitress.

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Elisabeth
London
30 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2017
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food was great and served quickly. The service is ok.

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vipHaPP
London
21 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had the 2 pork and the goat ramen and were all great. Chicken karage was also very well made. Drinks took a but long but other than that everything was great

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IkeU
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Glad to have eaten here. Shame ran out signed copies of japaneasy.

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Nanban Brixton is rated 4 stars by 436 OpenTable diners.