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Reviews: Health and Wellbeing

Wed 10 Feb, 2010
By Robert Ingham


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Resturant Review: OSatsuma - Words: Robert Ingham

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Resturant Review: OSatsuma - Words: Robert Ingham

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The West End is always a lively place, no matter what the weather, so it is no surprise we found ourselves peckish. Wandering onto Wardour Street, we found ourselves drifting into a brightly light, glassed faced restaurant. This is Satsuma, which classes itself as “modern Japanese dining”.
Stepping into the main dining area, which feels like a giant goldfish bowl with the world watching you eat, we were escorted downstairs into a wonderful, more intimate area.

The tables are stretched out, canteen style with lovely subdued, but not underwhelming lighting. This makes for a more enjoyable experience so if you go, make sure you ask to sit downstairs. This feels familiar, and we have definitely seen something similar. However, here there is an air of calm and feels less sterile. Satsuma makes you feel welcome to stay as long as you want instead of rushing around waiting for you to finish and turn the table as quick as possible.
Seen to our seat, our coats were taken and the attentive staff took our order. The menu is a great selection of curries, Yaki Udons and Ramans, with no less than six “Winner Chef’s Specials”. We opted for their recommendation of Chicken Teriyaki Bento Box and Pork Katsu curry, with a side order of edamame beans, chicken gyoza and beef teriyaki. The beans were hot, nutty and popping out of their pods – truly delicious. The dumplings initially exploded with taste, which then evaporated into a disappointing blandness before setting the taste buds off again with a quiet lingering mix of flavours. And then the beef teriyaki arrived. One word only describes it – WOW! Strips of perfectly cooked sirloin on a bed of beanshoots in the most incredible sauce, making the trip worth it for that dish alone, which can also be ordered as a main course, and our senses were bouncing around until our main course arrived.
My companion’s option was a huge portion of pork in breadcrumbs and rice, swimming in a rich curry sauce which he described as a blast of flavour in each mouthful. For him to finish off the entire bowl is saying something and it truly was a tasty dish, with the curry mixing with the sticky rice, creating a type of risotto. Two meals for the price of one...
My Bento Box was packed with choice. Chicken in breadcrumbs - perfectly cooked and moist, a divinely delicious croquette - smooth and packed with vegetables, California rolls (fish roe sushi, avocado, cucumber, crabstick and mayonnaise) and sticky rice. All with a side of soya sauce to dip it into. It was, quite simply, a stunning course.
Dessert consisted of black and white sesame ice cream which was a little disconcerting when it arrived as it was grey. After the first two mouthfuls we were wondering how something that sounds so wrong could be so right and we scoffed it down within seconds. It is an unusual flavour to start with but becomes incredibly more-ish.
What makes this restaurant stand out is the keen eye for detail by chefs, staff and owners. Satsuma prides itself on using freshly cooked organic food and it is presented beautifully, with your mat and chopsticks changed after each course. It really is a wonderful restaurant, with a great friendly ambience, and we will definitely be returning, if not purely for more of their outstanding Beef Teriyaki.
Meal for two, including starter, main, sides and wine came to around £60.
Satsuma, 56 Wardour Street, London, W1D 4JG – 020 7437 8338

 

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