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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 😉