Dozo: where you can get your Japanese fix without breaking the bank

Dozo’s appeared on this blog a couple of times and it has to be said that my first visit was an absolute contrast to the second. Since then, it’s been a relatively reliable spot for a quick Japanese fix with a fairly inexpensive price range to boot.

The floral decor on their sashimi platters is, quite frankly, cheesy and ridonculous but I have to admit the fish always tastes fresh and you really can’t complain about three types of fresh sashimi for £14, non?

I can get a wee bit snobbish when restaurants serve salad leaves that seem shop-bought. Dozo’s salad greens may seem like they’ve come out of a bag but I’m not one to complain about their soft-shell crab (£9.80) nor their salmon skin salad (£7.80) because they always hit a spot of comfort when I want something relatively healthy.

I never used to appreciate grilled eel until late last year when I had the most amazing unagi nigiri in Singapore. Dozo’s unagi kabayaki (£14.80) is a great option to satisfy that craving.

Dozo’s suzuki shioyaki (£10.80) is a good option for your Omega3 boost. It comes with its own pot of salt which I find clever, as you can season as you like.

The yakiniku (£16.80) is a decent option for beef eaters although make sure you tell them how you want it cooked otherwise it may come medium well (and slightly on the tough side).

Dozo does aburi, too. I’ve tried the otoro (£6.30) before and though it was a pretty decent bite, it was the salmon aburi (£3.80) that tasted better.

The volcano maki (£15.80) is a sushi roll creation that caters to the Western palate. It’s a roll of eel, leeks, avocado, topped with bonito flakes and swimming in a creamy concoction of “eel sauce” (I shudder at the thought of what goes in here) & mayo. I’m a bit of a purist when it comes to my sushi but I get why people go gaga for this.

The nasu dengaku (£6.80) is a superb treat. A humble eggplant fillet shines through in taste with an almost meaty texture. Flavour-wise it’s a veggie alternative to the gindara saikyo miso which I totes love.

Do you like fish jaw? If you do, Dozo offers hamachi kama (£9.80) and sake kama (£7.80). Both are good-sized portions with sufficient fish and good flavour.

I’ve previously mentioned how I find service in Dozo heaps better than its competitors. They’re just more attentive and considerate and for the price you pay that’s really good value for your pennies. The quality of food won’t compare to high end Japanese restaurants like Roka but it’s decent enough without making you feel like you’ve settled for something less. It’s definitely a decent cheaper alternative.

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11 Comments

  1. 25th September 2015 / 2:45 pm

    No, I don't think you are at all snobbish about shop-bought-out-of-the-bag salad in restaurant because I feel the same too but everything else looks amazing!

  2. 25th September 2015 / 5:02 pm

    I'd definitely like to try this place, I'm always looking for more casual sushi places.
    Lots of love,
    Angie

    SilverSpoon London

  3. 28th September 2015 / 8:20 am

    The prices seem really impressive for the quality!

  4. 28th September 2015 / 1:10 pm

    OK, I really need to pay Dozo a visit. This is all my FAVOURITE food for good prices. That nasu dengaku looks SUBLIME, and why have I never had a salmon skin salad before?!?! It's calling to me! Lots of love, Andrea xxx

    Andrea's Passions

    • 28th September 2015 / 2:00 pm

      Thought you'd appreciate salmon skin!!! Shame about the leaves, but those crunchy pieces of skin are just yum! x

  5. 28th September 2015 / 9:23 pm

    I need to check this place out!

  6. 30th September 2015 / 8:35 am

    Ohhh HONEY! This looks amazing! The sound of somewhere with great service, a good price list and great sushi – what more could a girl want?!

    Lauren xx | The Lifestyle Diaries

    • 30th September 2015 / 3:20 pm

      A personal chef and good girlfriends to dine with! 😉 See you soon babycakes! x