Restaurant Review: Nambu-tei

Working near Baker Street Station in London is proving to be very good, food-wise. There are a number of Japanese restaurants in the area, and here’s the first one I sampled…


Nambu-tei (なんぶ亭) is the best Japanese restaurant I have encountered in London so far. The food and atmosphere are completely authentic, and I really felt like I was in Japan while I was there. Unlike some Japanese restaurants in London, the staff all seemed to be Japanese and were happy to speak in Japanese with the customers.

It is a little pricey, but you get a lot of food for your money. The first time I went there I had a sushi set, which was just divine and totally filled me up. The second time, I ordered this amazing “unaju box” for £15:


It was a lot for lunch, really, but so delicious! The unagi (eel) was cooked perfectly – just like the eel in Shizuoka. I’d like to go there at night sometime and try something from their evening menu. The lunch and dinner menus both include sushi, and a variety of set meals. You can also eat sukiyaki, shabu shabu, nabe, udon, and many other dishes. They also have desserts, including green tea ice cream! 🙂

Nambu-tei is in Berkeley Arcade on Baker Street (NW1 6AB). The nearest station is Baker Street. Take the exit by Boots, and cross the street to find Nambu-tei.

Nambu-tei’s website

8 thoughts on “Restaurant Review: Nambu-tei

  1. I’m always after new Japanese restaurant tips so thanks for this one. Next time I’m up in London I’ll check it out. Have you tried Asakusa opposite Mornington Crescent tube? It’s a proper little Izakaya which is Japanese run and staffed and is really good value. We’ve had a few enkai there which have always been excellent fun. Sit at the sushi counter if you can because that is the best place to sit!


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  3. It’s good that you found a good restaurant in London. I remember in Toronto the majority of Japanese restaurants were run by Chinese and Korean immigrants, and I now realize how westernized the food was, although I wouldn’t say it was bad.


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