If there’s one surefire sign of a good Japanese restaurant, it’s Japanese clients. Thankfully, this is definitely the case at Dozo Soho. In fact, there’s basically an ever-present queue of eager diners here week-round, which is impressive considering that Soho isn’t exactly lacking in trendy eateries.
The decor here is sedate, all blonde wood and navy or russet-coloured cushions, which acts as a compelling contrast to the bustle of the restaurant itself. Huge koi adorn the walls around the dining area where Dozo devotees happily share long communal tables or sit, in traditional Japanese style, on cushions at low tables to tuck into superlative Japanese cuisine.
Famed, and not without good reason, for its Volcano Maki (a dish that brings eel, leeks, bonito flakes, eel sauce, avocado and mayonnaise together in a tastebud-tantalising combination), which you’ll find in the Dozo Rolls section of the menu, Dozo certainly delivers on food. But there are all manner of delicious dishes to enjoy, from a sweeping range of sushi and sashimi to ramen and robatayaki (essentially grilling over coals – aka Japanese BBQ). You can’t really go wrong.
A glass or two of sake, of which there’s a great selection of hot, cold and sparkling, is a fitting accompaniment. But there are plenty of Japanese beers, and a decent selection of wine, on offer too.