tsukune-skewers and clarence egg

Machiya restaurant is by the team of my current favourite Japanese ramen spot Kanada-ya. Machiya 町屋/町家 is named after the traditional wooden townhouses in Kyoto. Located in Panton Street next to Kanada-ya and The Japanese Centre. The upper floor serves up the homestyle Japanese food and the basement is a bar full of Japanese whisky, sake and cocktails. The menu is short with familiar dishes, small dishes of yakitori, gyoza, salad, wings etc., mains donburi, noodles, curries, and grilled/fried meats. Desserts wise everything is matcha heaven, mille crepes, fondant, soft serve ice cream.  

tsukune-skewers

tsukune-skewers and clarence egg

Starting off with Machiya homemade lemonade £3 didn’t last long in the scorching weather. Tsukune £4 is a blend of chewy flavourful minced chicken meat and veg skewers, and an acidic teriyaki dipping sauce with a raw clarence court egg yolk. My only complaint here is the meat didn’t taste piping hot. 

The chicken teriyaki don £10 really impressed, it’s a rarity to find a Japanese restaurant that blows the taste of such simple common dishes. Grilled luscious fatty chicken thighs, glistens with fat and juices glazed with sweet teriyaki sauce lies on top of a bed of crisp lettuce leaves. The creamy mayonnaise warmed up by rice gave the dish an extra depth. The rice soaked up the teriyaki sauce well. 

Machiya-chicken-teriyaki-don

Service at Machiya is quick and efficient seating is limited but is perfect for a quick and dash lunch. There is also a deal for two soft serve ice creams to go for £7 to tempt you. If you want some proper tasty gourmet Japanese food that doesn’t break the bank this place is excellent. 

5 Panton Street Soho London SW1Y 4DL 

 

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