Tanakaya Japanese Restaurant
Japanese delights at Tanakaya
Tanakaya Japanese Restaurant
130 King St
(in Covent Garden Market)
By Megan O'Toole and Andrew Knox
For a delicious taste of Japan in London, you need go no further than
Covent Garden Market. Tanakaya Japanese Restaurant is situated within
the market square, just opposite the LCBO. With its blend of excellent
service and exquisite food, Tanakaya is an experience to truly savour.
The restaurant provides an oasis of Japanese décor integrated with the
market's community atmosphere. Settling down for a refreshing authentic
Japanese meal at Tanakaya can constitute a perfect end to an excursion
in the market, or if you prefer not to deal with the bustle of the market,
the restaurant is open outside of regular market hours. Whatever atmosphere
you desire, Tanakaya can accommodate it.
The restaurant environment is small and personal, with modernized Japanese
décor and a friendly, attentive staff. You can also watch the chef in
action as your meal is freshly prepared.
Overall, the prices are reasonable for those working with a student budget.
For appetizers, the vegetable tempura is affordable at $6.95, and consists
of a variety of deep-fried vegetables in a light batter. Other options
include Age Dashi tofu ($4.75) and sushi pizza ($9.95).
Meals are served with green tea, which compliments the flavour of the
food, and all bento entrées come complete with salad, rice, and miso soup.
The unagi kabayaki meal ($18.95) is a succulent serving of barbecued eel
with unagi sauce and vegetables, offering a delectable blend of flavour
and a perfect, tender texture.
You can also choose from a variety of sushi sets, ranging in price from
$6.95 for an affordable personal serving, to $32.95 for a meal to share.
The mid-range sushi boat at $22.95 comes with 12 pieces of assorted sushi,
including salmon, tuna and shrimp, the latter of which is especially delicious.
Also included in the boat are various smaller sushi rolls.
If you want to create a meal suited specifically to your personal taste,
you can mix and match various sushi rolls, te maki (hand rolls), sashimi
and nigiri sushi. Among the available options is the classic California
roll ($4.50), or if you want to branch out, you can try the amazing spider
roll ($12.95), which contains deep-fried soft-shell crab with lettuce,
carrots, cucumbers and masago.
To finish off the meal, you may want to try a scoop of green tea ice cream,
which constitutes a sweet and refreshing end to a luscious meal.
Tanakaya also offers several different party trays, which range in price
from $35 to $70 and are sure to satisfy a larger group.
One of the best features of the Tanakaya experience is their delivery
service. Fine Japanese cuisine is only a phone call away, allowing you
to avoid the bitter chill of winter. In addition, if you're in the market
and don't have time to sit down, they also offer takeout.
Tanakaya Restaurant is open Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.,
Friday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5
p.m.. After market hours, you can enter the restaurant through the outside
entrance on the north wall of the market.
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