Reviewed by The Wild Boar
Misato is a Japanese restaurant in the heart of Chinatown specializing in serving no frills simple to prepare food in large quantities for minimal prices. As such its no surprise it’s hugely popular amongst students and the queue is often at least 30 minutes on weekends.
The PigPig ordered a calpico, a Japanese non-carbonated soft drink which tastes sweet, yet a little bit sour, similar to a slightly diluted lassi. I just had the house tea, which was weirdly coffee-like in taste.
One of our favourite udons in town has to be Misato’s gyu udon (beef udon). The noodle itself is slightly soft but still have a nice chewy texture and wonderful to slurp up. The beef seemed a little different from the past, but is still served in large amounts and tasty. Be warned though that the beef does have quite a lot of fat on it, although some people do like it that way *cough cough*. The soup base is also delicious but probably laced with generous splashes of MSG.
Meanwhile I had a tori kara age (deep fried chicken nuggets) with rice. The chicken nuggets were a bit tougher compared to before but seasoned well. I also ordered some curry sauce to go with the rice as it would be a bit plain otherwise (cost £0.40 for the sauce; teriyaki sauce is another option).
Altogether, the bill came up to £7.50 each.
Let’s face it, this is more of a canteen style establishment and as long as you bear that in mind, it’s hard to be disappointed. The food is simple but pretty tasty and excellent value for money; I know girls who would eat half the plate in the restaurant and take the rest home in a doggy bag for tomorrow’s meal.
Best bit: Cheap and big.
Worst bit: The queue and can't make reservations.
Would I eat here again? There are lots of other temptations around, but if there isn’t a queue Misato is always an option for me.
11 Wardour St
Soho, W1D 6PG