Written by Michael

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Zaibatsu in the borough of Greenwich in South London is a hidden gem of a Sushi Restaurant. The establishment dishes up excellent sushi at a fraction of the cost you would normally expect.

Situated on Trafalgar Road the eatery won’t receive any awards for modern looks, but that’s all part of the charm.

The outside is pretty drab – however, this only adds to its hidden gem allure. You wouldn’t expect anything decent to be beyond the old and faded signage of the facade.

Sushi has seen its popularity sore recently with boutique restaurants opening up all over London.

One of the main reasons for this surge is claims that it’s a great food for your health, as well as tonnes of celebrities eating it.

In all honesty its actually pretty calorific and high in sugar due to the way the sushi rice is made, Sashimi is actually the healthiest as not too much is added!

However, i’m not attracted to the food for the health benefits, the main reason for my love of Sushi is the fact that it just tastes bloody good!

zaibatsu Greenvich from outside
zaibatsu Greenvich from outside

Step inside Zaibatsu Greenwich and you will see that the small restaurant has just enough room for one row of chairs and tables either side of the door.

You’ll be greeted as soon as you enter and then shown to your seats. As it’s so small its best to book in advance – most of the time they’ll probably be fully booked!

The seats are cheap plastic ones and the tables are a mix match of colors – it definitely reminds me of my time eating out in South East Asia.

If you want to drink alcohol with your meal Zaibatsu don’t actually serve it as they don’t have a licence (A reason their food is so cheap). However, they’re happy for you to bring your own alcohol and they’ll even uncork it for you, how nice.

inside zaibatsu sushi restaurant
inside zaibatsu sushi restaurant

The menu provides a huge selection of Japanese food; you have your standard rolls, Katsu curries, tempura, and sizzling dishes.

If you haven’t used chopsticks before the back of the menu provides pretty clear instructions on how to hold chopsticks and look like a boss.

Zaibatsu Greenwich menu chopsticks
Zaibatsu Greenwich menu chopsticks

Now here comes what you want the most – the food!

From where you’re sitting you can see the fridge where they store the fish and take it out for your order. You can order platters at Zaibatsu that are are very generous and good value for money.

The one below was the classic platter which was £14 and filled you up quickly!

zaibatsu sushi platter
zaibatsu sushi platter

On another visit I had 4 Salmon Nigiri (£5) as well as a huge Chicken Katsu Curry (£6.50) which I could hardly finish.

People are amazed at how much I eat sometimes and these two plates very nearly defeated me but tasted great!

The Katsu Curry was very filling! Within the curry there are potatoes in addition to the rice you already have, and the chicken is a very decent size.

The restaurant take great care in decorating each dish with a variety of vegetables, leaves, and cones.

My absolute favorite dish (out of the ones I’ve tried) is the Sizzling Salmon Teryaki (£8.50).

The plate comes out steaming hot to your table and the serving of salmon is always generous and slightly crispy on the outside. The vegetables taste great as well as the rice.

sizzling salmon teriyaki
Sizzling salmon teriyaki

There are plenty of other dishes on the menu at Zaibatsu Greenwich and you’ll struggle to decide what to have.

After you’ve eaten you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the total price of the meal.

You’ll probably also leave realising not all hidden gems appear shiny at first 😉

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29 thoughts on “Zaibatsu Greenwich – The Best South London Sushi.

  1. Wow, looks awesome, especially the curry. Was this recommended to you by word of mouth? I personally do judge a book by ya cover and would have never stopped in.

  2. You are way too harsh to use the word ‘dump’. To be honest it doesn’t look like a dump- its just functional with the owners choosing to spend their resources on making good food, not flash interior to mask lousy food.

  3. Great post! Some of the best restaurants I’ve been in have been holes in the wall. Do you ever do reviews on TripAdvisor? Restaurants and hotels really appreciate the exposure, especially when you include photos. You can check out my reviews under CornfedContessa. It’s a great resource when traveling.

      1. Honestly, you could use your post for the review. I’ve been writing reviews for the past six months, and my reviews have been viewed 34,000 times all over the world. I review hotels, restaurants, activities, you name it.

  4. Oh Yumm…. This Chicken Katsu Curry (is it just me and my French roots, or is it a tongue twister as well as a meal?!?) just gave me an extra reason to visit London someday 🙂 And I agree, these hidden gems are the best place to eat… They focus on the food, instead of the paint on the walls, and isn’t that what all restaurants should be doing? We also have one of those here in Montréal (well, probably several, but this is my favorite), Bombay Choupati, a little Indian restaurant in a small mall. De-li-cious food! I leave the Trip Advisor link, for your readers, just in case…


    1. Ah great thanks! It’s always good to know about little hidden gems all over the world! Just from this post you have suggested one in Motreal and another has suggested on in Michigan! Great advice, thanks!

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