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Okawari Restaurant (Ealing)

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13 Bond Street, Ealing,London.W5 5AP Tel:(020) 8566 0466

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      13.08.2009 17:58
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      Great tasting sushi at an affordable price!

      I've been coming to this restaurant for years! I was so excited that I could get decent sushi in Ealing that this has become my local sushi eatery! I've recommended this place to so many friends and on their own accord, they have all returned to this place for more.

      This review is for the Ealing branch (but there is another branch in Chinatown in the West End, London):

      13 Bond Street
      Ealing
      London
      W5 5AP
      t: (020) 8566 0466
      f: (020) 8566 2010

      Opening hours are as follows:

      Sun-Thu
      12 noon - 3.00 pm
      6.00 pm - 11.00 pm

      Fri & Sat
      12 noon - 3.00 pm
      6.00 pm - 11.30 pm

      http://www.okawari.co.uk/index.html

      The Restaurant:

      This place opened in 2000 and I've been going to this place at least once a month since then! There's a sushi bar at the front of the restaurant and the option to sit at the bar to have your meal. On the occasions where the restaurant has been really busy and I've not made a booking, I have been invited to sit at the bar or wait for a table. Eating at the bar is never a problem, in fact, I think it's great because you get to see the sushi chefs at work!

      There are two choices of table seating - the bog standard table and chairs (which I think on the previous occasion I saw 3 sets of tables for four) and your "fake" Tatami style seating where you climb into a hole and essentially sit on floor level to give the effect that you are sitting on the floor. I tend to opt for the tatami style seats but be warned, you may have to share the table with other diners but that has never been a problem. Only thing I would say, don't wear a skirt or a pair of low cut trousers. Me and my husband on numerous occasions have had a good giggle at the girls who struggle to get in and out of the hole in their tight mini skirts and worse, stared in horror at exposed g-strings and builders bums!

      There is a mini-water wheel next to the sushi bar which I find quite mesmerizing and a nice touch to the décor of the place.

      There is also a function room upstairs with karaoke for private parties. I had enquired about this room about 5 years ago for a Christmas party I was organising. I was told I had to put down a deposit of £200 which, depending on the size of the party, I thought was quite excessive. I never booked the room and the restaurant's policy may have changed but it is worth an enquiry if you are interested because the room is very nice and exclusive.

      The Food

      Me and my husband always overkill on the food at this place because it is so delicious. Recommendations include their sushi and sashimi sets. Although, I have on ocassions experienced different portion sizes and I think that is due to the different sushi sets which prepare the food. All very fresh and delicious!

      The spicy octopus salad is so yummy! The spicy sauce has a good kick of chili but the cool cucumber they serve it with acts as a cooling agent. Lovely and very well balanced.

      I also love their kimchi. Not too garlicky and comes in a huge bowl!
      My husband absolutely loves the char siu ramen at this restaurant. The broth it comes in is clear and not bland (which we've experienced in some places). I always go for their yaki udon which to be honest, was my favourite until I tasted the Wagamama version.

      Don't bother with the desert. I'd tried these once and wasn't impressed so never tried them again.

      Green tea is also unlimited and diligently topped up every time by a waiter/waitress when the cup reaches before half way.

      Overall:

      Great experience and night out. This place is always busy on a Friday and Saturday night. It also does fantastic value lunches priced at about £5 a meal but this is only available for lunches on weekdays. One thing to mention is that this restaurant isn't actually owned and staffed by Japanese owners, but rather Chinese owners. The restaurant always has at least one table which is Japanese which I think is a great achievement for this little eatery considering its Chinese background! A meal for two minus drinks usually comes up to £30 - not bad for sushi!

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