One of the reason I enjoy Japanese restaurants, besides the food, is their casual, quiet, and relaxing atmosphere. The hotel concierge recommended Dozo to us. The food at Dozo was outstanding, but the atmosphere left a lot to be desired.
Now to be fair we arrived at Dozo without a reservation, though to be honest there was no mention of reservations needed on their website. We arrived at 6:15 p.m. (they supposedly opened at 6:00 p.m.) and the place was packed (a good sign) but the noise and chaos of the restaurant overpowered the entire restaurant. The maître d was quite flirtatious with us, so he “found us a table” or rather squeezed us into the end of a row of tables, requiring us to sit on the floor with our legs dangling into a black hole in the floor, no I am not joking. We were packed elbow to elbow and shoulder to shoulder, and foot to foot with the crowds. It was not a pleasant dining experience.
The food however, made up for the cramped quarters. The vegetable gyoza were perfectly prepared with a flavorful and tangy dipping sauce. The Kaiso salad, a mix of seaweeds, was utterly flat and flavorless and sat in a pool of water. Their sesame dressing, served on the side, was more of a thick peanut butter than a sauce. It was the disappointment of the meal.
The sushi, consisting of a tempura asparagus roll, a rainbow roll, and a tuna roll were fresh and delicious. There are some basic vegetarian rolls on the menu, but other than five types of rolls and a couple of salads, there is nothing on the menu that doesn’t consist of some form of meat, fish, or seafood.
If you’re looking for a Japanese restaurant in Soho, this is an option but just beware that it will be noisy, and crowded. If you’re looking for a quieter experience, go elsewhere.
Online at: http://www.dozosushi.co.uk/
Reservations Accepted: Yes via telephone 020 7434 3219
Food: 4 paws
Service: 3 Paws
Overall Rating: 3.5 Paws
With love from my dog bowl to yours…Happy eating!