Review: Little Tokyo, Leeds

We found this place whilst heading out to a chinese restaurant we had planned to go to but decided to give this place a try. I love Japanese food as I went there last year and loved everything I tried there, even cow’s stomach at a Japanese indoor BBQ!

I ordered yakitori skewers (chicken flavoured with soy sauce, mirin, sake & sugar) and pork gyoza (half moon shaped dumplings fried then gently boiled in frying pan). Both were extremely tasty and good sized portions, we felt we could’ve just ordered more of the same for our main course! The special soy-vinegar dip for the gyoza was tangy and added flavour to the meat in in the dumpling.

For main I ordered a chilli chicken ramen bowl, whilst Chris had beef teriyaki bento box. Mine was good; the miso was tasty, the noodles perfectly cooked, but it was really Chris’s Bento that was the star meal. The beef was deliciously smokey/chargrilled and there was just the right amount of sauce to mix some in with the rice.

I decor is nice, we sat downstairs whereyou can sit the traditional way with tables raised down into the floor, but don’t worry, you can put your legs down at these tables too. They also have normal tables for larger parties.

We had starters, main courses, a cocktail, 2 beers and sake for two and it came to just under £50 which I thought was really good. The starter prices hover around £3-£4, mains vary from about £8 – the special £50 lobster dish, but Chris’s Bento box, the most expensive Bento on offer was £15. Japanese is traditionally more expensive than chinese or even thai, so I thought this was actually not bad value for money. Definitely would go back there again (hopefully soon!).

They don’t have a website up but you can find them at Little Tokyo, 24 Central Road, Leeds (right in the centre of town).

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