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#616 of 17,347 Restaurants in London
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Japanese, Asian
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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0.3 km from The British Museum
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Since I first heard about okonomiyaki and found this restaurant online I had hyped up my visit in my head . It truly did not disappoint , the staff were ultra friendly , welcoming , informative and attentive whilst thoroughly explaining the concept . Having...your food cooked in front of you at your table was a great experience to watch it develop from ingredients to ready to eat . And the food ? Just blew me away .. incredibly delicious and filling .. I couldn’t wait to come back and indeed I did .. 2 days later with my family .. quite a recommendation as I live over 100 miles away . An amazing experience and first class food .. you will love it.. 11 out of 10 !!More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited as a solo diner on a weekday afternoon. The staff were polite and friendly. I was offered hand sanitiser as I arrived and was seated quickly. Since it was my first time eating okonomiyaki, the server gave an informative explanation of what okonomiyaki is...and how it's cooked. I ordered the Osaka okonomiyaki and a glass of plum wine soda. It was interesting to see it prepared in front of my own eyes and the end result was delicious - a flavourful and rich pancake with a wonderful mix of flavours. The quality of food was unquestionably high. What really let the meal down was the value for money. As a solo diner, I paid just under £30 (after the 12.5% gratuity) for a meal and one drink that still left me feeling hungry. While they do offer a larger size, the already high prices deterred me from ordering it. Additionally, the way the gratuity (12.5%) was snuck in on the bill without being mentioned on the menu was downright dishonest. This is a tradition imported from America that needs to die. If a restaurant needs higher prices to be sustainable for the business and its staff, just raise the prices and be honest about it. Don't mislead customers with a hidden 'gratuity' and then leave diners feeling awkward when they realise the meal was even less value for money than first advertised. All in all, I left with an appreciation for okonomiyaki as a dish, but with no desire to return to Abeno as a restaurant itself. The value for money simply wasn't there.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 11 September 2021

Close to British Museum, this is a great place for lunch before or after visiting the museum. The speciality of the restaurant is okonomi-yaki, but they also serve om-soba and teppanyaki. The food is tasty, and the service very friendly. The restaurant is popular, so...it's best to make a table reservation or be prepared to queue. Little Japan in the middle of London. Check our video on London restaurants, to have a look at the restaurant: Youtube: Susa and Masa around the world.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 30 August 2021 via mobile

Great food, lovely and fresh cooked on your table, staff friendly and attentive highly recommended Had similar in Japan and matched perfectly

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 28 August 2021 via mobile

Fabulous unique Japanese food cooked on a hot play in the middle of the table. Outstanding service. This is a fun restaurant

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 9 August 2021

I don't write many reviews but just occasionally you have an experience which is truly memorable. Yesterday was my 59th birthday and we wanted to try a new Japanese restaurant. I was determined it should offer natto - it's favourite of mine (I lived in...Japan for 7 years) and a sign for me of an authentic Japanese Restaurant. My daughter suggested Abeno. It was a fantastic suggestion. Firstly the food was delicious. Okonomiyaki wasn't always my first choice when I lived in Japan, but a) l loved it and b) there were plenty of alternatives. The natto was excellent! Secondly the meal was cooked in front of us, and that is all part of the most enjoyable Japanese dining experiences for me as you can interact with the server (as for instance you can at the sushi bar). Finally the service from Matthew (part of the family who run this restaurant) was simply outstanding: he engaged completely with us, explained everything about the food, responded to all my nosy questions about the restaurant, asked us about our lives, and anticipated our every need (including topping up our tap water without being asked, something I always quietly look out for - although to be fair we drunk plenty of other stuff too!). It was simply outstanding client service. We just had a brilliant evening - thank you Matthew, family and colleagues for giving me a 59th birthday I will never forget.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 7 August 2021 via mobile

I searched for a Japanese restaurant that was nearby and it was, listed as the best. Quite c simply it perfectly lived up to that billing. It's a family run restaurant offering Okonomi-yaki and a whole host of other dishes, but if you've not tried...them you should, as they're delicious. It's a great experience watching them made at the table and they're delicious, with a different taste in every mouthful. They went to trouble to accommodate us ash's we were so pleased they did - thanks to all the lovely folks who work there. It reminded us of all the great things we've missed from not really eating out during lockdown.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 2 August 2021 via mobile

If I could give 6 stars I would! We went here on recommendation and had a truly exceptional meal. All the food is cooked at your table by skilled staff who move the ingredients around the inbuilt hot plate as if they were performing a...ballet! Their attention to detail shines. The gyoza were fried and streamed at the table and then each was placed, crispy side, facing each guest. The ‘pancakes’ are their speciality and were delicious. The chef spent time explaining the ingredients and each of the cooking stages. Once finished he divided each into sections for all of us. This is not fast food - it’s considered cooking. We were there for 3 hours and took advantage of the unusual deserts, which were fantastic. Coffee jelly sounds strange but was a really tasty!!! They charge a £10 booking fee for each guest and deduct that from your final bill. Their Covid measures were clear with all staff wearing masks. A brilliant visit and can’t wait to return.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 1 August 2021

We visited Abeno for the first time today. The restaurant is quite small and cosy. You have to download the menu when you get there which I think is the case for many restaurants now. The food is cooked at your table on a hot...plate. We really enjoyed the food and it is quite filling.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 13 July 2021 via mobile

Delightful authentic Okonomi Yaki restaurant. Wonderful staff who prepare the food at your table. Nice to have a Japanese meal other than Sushi. Excellent Covid precautions and hygiene. Wish we discover this place years ago. Good Macha ice cream as well. Good portions. In all...a lovely experience.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4