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We stumbled onto Atariya and stopped to have a quick bite. The place was deserted compared to all the other tourist traps on James Street, (just behind Selfridges in Oxford Street). I was suspicious but was so hungry I succumbed to the bored looking staff and bare tables. The prices look ever so reasonable – it wouldn’t be a huge loss if it was terrible.
As we sat, the happy Japanese waitresses beamed to life with smiles and giggles – the Japanese are so good with service! It was about 6pm, maybe they were just resting from a day of lunch time rushes!
Surprisingly, I totally enjoyed my saba nigiri (about £1.30 each), salmon and tuna rolls (about £1.70 each) – it taste really fresh – you can taste the fish properly – not like other high street sushi, and the rice is really nice. We kept ordering more as we finished! If it wasn’t for the rush of time, we would have happily eat so much more.
I can’t say much for the gyoza or prawn tempuras which had been cooked probably that morning and left sitting there.
They let Simon go to the pub and bring his pint back as they didn’t sell alcohol. This place is like a little market stall but in a shop – its a take away shop- it doesn’t look very nice – its like a stop by, and interim of hunger. But it sorts you out and that’s fine – sometimes this is exactly what you need. Is it not?
Great sushi and great value– Highly recommended.
Atariya 20 JAMES STREET, LONDON W1U 1EH 020-7491-1178 www.atariya.co.uk