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Okawari Japanese Restaurant

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by Daniel Cross (subscribe)
Freelance writer from London. Interested in all things sports. I like music, films and food too.
Published June 27th 2012
Okawari, Ealing, London W5
Image by Kake Pugh - Flickr

You might miss Okawari if you weren't looking specifically. And that would be a real shame!

This understated little Japanese restaurant is among the top tier of Ealing's many eateries.

As you move towards the tables it initially looks as though you are to sit on the floor, as is custom in Japan. However, those of the more eagle eyed variety will notice that there is space underneath the table - a kind of basement for your legs. A nice twist on the Japanese culture.

You are also given chopsticks and if feeling ambitious on your first attempt (like I was), you might try several times to elegantly pick up rolls of sushi or pieces of chicken, before succumbing to reality and getting up to acquire a fork - or in my case, being handed one by a waitress who had taken pity on me.

It is not the biggest place, but that is part of the charm, and the atmosphere is lively during most evenings.

And then there is the food.
It is excellent.

For starters, my group and I decided on a Standard Sushi Set, which isn't cheap at 14.80, although it does give you a nice selection of high-quality sushi.

The outstanding starter though, were the Ebi Gyozas. These grilled prawn dumplings were superb, and I even managed to eat them using the chopsticks. At 4.20 for four, I could have eaten them all night.

I resisted the temptation to go for fish again for the main course, and instead chose the Chicken Katsu Curry.
I must say that the chicken was a touch dry, coated in breadcrumbs, although the accompanying gravy/sauce was delicious, as was the rice. To top it off, you get a side of Miso Soup for free.

We chose not to stay for dessert in the end, as they were mostly Ice-Cream-based dishes.

All-in-all I was very impressed with Okawari. For around 15-20 per person, you really can't go wrong.

There is also the added bonus that most of the dishes are very healthy - as is the Green Tea for 60p, which is re-filled by a waitress whenever it goes below halfway.

You will leave feeling full, but not stuffed. The only way to feel after a good meal.
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Why? And then there is the food. It is excellent.
Phone: 020 8566 0466
Where: Ealing, West London
Cost: 15-25pp
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