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Restaurants & Bars

Tosa, Hammersmith, London

limster | Sep 7, 200810:44 AM     7

High quality grilling, a yakitori-ya that is worth going to. Skewers of juicy tender chicken thighs are scorched at the right edges and with the right amount, each morsel punctated by onions that came along for the grill. The tare (sauce) is thinnish, of oil and soy sauce and a faint sweetness of mirin or ama-sake, but nothing like the eloquent mellow renditions at Kikuchi. It doesn't matter, the meat speaks for itself.

Duck is intensely smoky, and very tender, a moist rind of skin/fat judiciously supporting the grilled meat, juxtaposed to sharp green onion.

Shiso maki was the reason I went to this place, having seen it on their menu months ago. Fatty pork wrapped around shiso leaves and grilled, the herbal flavours of the leaf adding a verdant complexity to the moist meat.

Tempura soba is respectable, a solid, smooth bonito broth, firm noodles with decent flavour, puffy crispy tempura prawns, a touch greasy, but the oil tasting extremely clean and fresh.

A passable chestnut ice cream, with scattered ice crystals and a reasonable but not immense flavour of roasted chestnuts.

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