Issho-Ni

4.6
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107 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Japanese
Walk into a 1920s themed Japanese restaurant and bar, serving delicious small sharing plates with carefully crafted cocktails to create a new experience.
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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place - perfect food, great drinks list, great service! What more could you want!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Bit of a wait but the food and drinks were amazing

PP
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

The restaurant was clearly under-staffed. Service was extremely slow, took over 1 hour for us to receive our starter. My main dish had a hair in it. Waiters had very little time to attend to us as the restaurant was clearly operating over capacity. Food was okay, apart from the hair which I had in my dish, which basically ruined my experience. It is a shame, since the flavours were okay. I will not recommend because of the low quality of hygiene and service standards. Over priced.

AC
London
13 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Came for a valentines booking, food and cocktails very good

m
London
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food and amazing cocktails #48 ? Friendly waitresses. Price appropriate for the quality of the food.
We had the last table available which was located by the door so not ideal.

KL
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The ambience and food is very good and the cocktails are different (in a good way!) The service could be better as we were forgotten about a couple of times and so were some of our dishes, which we had to keep asking for. Overall would definitely recommend this place!

D
16 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really super good, service and food both... Cocktails are awesome as well. Lovely atmosphere and music

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing. The food was to die for, the staff was extremely friendly and helpful. Definitely recommend this place for any occasion! Has a great time with delicious food and drinks

m
London
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date night restaurant. perfect service, lobster was amazing, good prices, will be back

KF
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all round - would highly recommend. Good food and atmosphere

D
London
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Average at the best ! Won’t rush back. Staff friendly but not much flavour to any of the food

GM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time to this excellent gem on Bethnal Green road.

Everything about the place is quality!

Let’s hope it gains more notice and keeps standards high!

Cheers 🥂

FM
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would say a very good place for a special dinner. Our experience was perfect, let's say that inside you can have your own space cause there aren't too many seats and this is already important. Then the service was outstanding, a very kind and smiley staff (another very important thing to me) which helped us with our choices due to some food Intolerances (gluten and dairy) which however let us had some very nice and truly japanese dishes. Quality is meant to be paid, but I swear that was worth every single pound paid. Definitely recommended! (written by an Italian, if that can means something)

MC
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had spent an amazing night at Issho-Ni last Friday. The cocktails were amazing, smooth and different to what we are normally used to. The food was delicious and fresh. And of course the service was just perfect, everyone very friendly! Thank you Claire for creating this restaurant! :)

R
London
7 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food, a little bit pricey, but fairly standard for Japanese fare in London. Friendly staff and good atmosphere in a central location. Definitely recommend!

NT
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

If you are a sushi lover this place is not to be missed. Wine selection was small but the wine we had was fabulous. Food was top as well as service. Will visit again for sure !

A
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole service manifests it’s self from entering to the actual service which is impeccable. Staff are polite and courteous. Attention to detail was adhered to and food was delicious. The owner kindly recommended which vine goes with each dish and the choice was second to none. I have paid a particular attention to cleanliness of the toilets and no faults so far - the sink and a tap absolutely compliment each other. Great experience from an overall view. But should I be really picky... Since this is a Japanese restaurant- I would of expect that attire could be more appropriate.

MR
London
7 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing!!! Really recommend it :-)

TR
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Had a very pleasant evening at Issho-Ni. I would recommend it, the food was excellent - the sea bream did melt in my mouth as suggested kindly by the waitress. Also the Prawn Tempura was spectacular...my mouth is salivating as i am writing.

CE
London
67 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

I don't especially like Japanese food but I was prevailed on by a friend to try this place and was very positively surprised. The Iberico skewers and the prawn tempura were delicious and the sushi with the lemon aioli was a marvellous twist on a standard classic. (We had seconds!). The service was friendly and efficient without being obtrusive, and the atmosphere was great without being too noisy. The cocktails included interesting takes on classics, but with a Japanese twist. I think the only dud note was the grilled sea bass which was very ordinary. Will definitely be back.

S
London
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good food and the service was great!

AU
London
6 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New menu, same amazing food. Friendly and helpful staff, great cocktails and superlative dishes.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Booked a table for my partners birthday lunch and brought our little new born along with us.

Got a nice spacious table with space for the baby.

The menu was surprisingly interesting with a large selection.

We had a mixture of sushi (sashimi) and foie gras Nigiri which was divine. The rice was cooked well. We also had the dark ink squid soba noodles which I very much enjoyed. We also had the prawn tempura which was very well cooked and better than a lot of tempura prawns I’ve had. The chilli, mayo and spice with tangy flavour really came together and taste buds were satisfied. The Wagu beef skewers were good and didn’t need any sauce as they were flavoursome.

My partner said the Cocktail whisky was well made and I finished my non alcoholic drink very quickly. It was very good.

The service was a good pace but they forgot it was partners birthday so didn’t bring out the Mochi ice cream until after we had ordered a dessert.
The waitress was very polite and apologetic.

It worked out to be an expensive lunch being over £100 but we were happy with the food.

The ambience is relaxed and great for friends and family. There was a course taking place in the restaurant.

All in all would return for the food and thumbs up for the chef.

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Awful service and average food. Overall a bad experience

GM
London
24 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience3

The front of house was completely miserable, the staff untrained - poor service, the waitress could hardly understand what I was saying, the Pedron peppers were limp, I had to send them back and they were as bad as the first lot, the edamame was not seasoned with any salt - how basic can that be? Sadly this restaurant has little future if it carries on Lille this - I went there because I thought the pedigree would carry it - sadly NOT!!!!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, lovely staff! Overall great experience!

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

The sushi rolls were very good. Overall, we enjoyed the food there. The only downside for us was that service was very slow, and the pairings of cold vs hot food wasn’t really thought out. It was just whatever was ready came out, and they didn’t mention that is something to expect. We waited for our last dish for probably a good 15-20 minutes after everything else had been served. In the end they were really nice about it, and very apologetic for the wait. We would go back if the service improves.

CC
London
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dish was delicious. Excellent service also, they red all of our requests in the booking and responding accordingly. People say it's expensive but we were surprised it didn't come to more (£88 sharing about 6 plates, 3 glasses of wine and a dessert each including service... More than Nandos but reasonable for the quality, delicacy and novelty of the food)

ZJ
London
5 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food especially the sweet corn tempura and the prawn tempura, so good!

RF
London
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Just a bit further down Bethnal Green Rd which separates the abundance of choice. It is quieter, which is better, and situated under apartments. However, once inside, it feels like a restaurant. Knowledgeable yet unimposing staff and the food is exquisite. Small plates of serious flavour for a reasonable price. Top marks!

S
London
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food, amazing & unusual melange of flavours. Good cocktails.

AU
London
6 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best sushi in town. Friendly and helpful staff. Amazing cocktails. It is, by far, my favourite place in London. The new menu is well thought and I deeply enjoy seeing how crowded it is every night, they deserve it.

CM
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was really good...only downside was a very limited wine list...oh and stay away from the worlds largest chicken wings...they are MASSIVE and messy to eat...does not really go with the rest of the stunning food.

CB
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We were very happy to find Issho-Ni close to where we were staying in East London. It is always a good surprise to find a restaurant of this quality on your doorstep.

We chose to eat a selection of small plates, vegetarian and fish all were excellent but I would particularly recommend the Seared Butterfish and the Sweetcorn fritters with truffle aioli.

Great cocktails as well!

TJ
London
11 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Excellent food with varied menu. Generous portions. Recommended

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience3

Too much frying, too many sauces with questionable taste. Keep it simple please! Everything was very oily as well. For the price absolutely not worth it. Service was good, staff friendly. Thursday evening was almost empty.

JC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food and service and a fantastic selection of drinks. Highly recommended.

I
London
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great! Will definitely be returning.

AU
London
6 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing experience as always. The specials were a great recommendation from staff and the cocktails must be amongst the best in London.