Bethnal Green is a bit of a sly dog when it comes to eating and drinking, and whilst it might not be the first place to spring to mind when somebody asks about foodie neighbourhoods it’s definitely been upping its game these last 5 years. Issho-Ni is one new(ish) addition on the site of what was once Noodle King, the place with the police vans parked outside whilst the bobbies filled their faces with steaming bowls of noodles. However unlike Noodle King, Issho-Ni is knocking out super fresh, flavoursome Japanese food and drinks served izakaya style.

We kicked off with a couple of Shisoritas – like a margs only made with yuzu and shiso – alongside some juicy Iberico pork kushiyaki skewers. We followed with a ponzu white fish tartare with fresh truffle woven through – just subtle enough to taste it without it over powering the dish – a salmon tataki, and the knock out seared butterfish sashimi. Pausing for some great eel and blue fin fatty tuna nigiri (because it’d be rude not to) we then hit the mains.

If in doubt order the chicken katsu curry, it’s a big piece of breaded lightly fried meat served with a bowl of curry sauce – yup a bowl of curry sauce. Anywhere that doesn’t skimp on the sauces is A-OK in our eyes!

Great value, delish food and good cocktails. Issho-Ni beats Noodle King hands down any day of the week!

185 Bethnal Green Road, London