Saturday 14 June 2014

Tsuru Bankside, Canvay Street, central London

Primarily a lunchtime spot, this compact branch of Tsuru is a decent place to take the kids for dinner.  The decor is fairly clinical, but it is softened and styled by a wooden trim and tasteful black and white prints.  You can sit at a high wooden table on stools or at lower conventional table, while you eat using chopsticks, from heavyweight Japanese crockery. As an appetiser to share, the Tsuru taster (£8.70) works well. You get a platter of eight pieces of Sushi, featuring tuna, salmon and avocado, with soya sauce. The succulent pork gyoza dumplings are also a good buy at five for £4. Among the keenly-priced main courses, the salmon katsu (only £6.40) is a mixed bag. The "8 hour curry sauce" is rich and rewarding and the dish comes with a generous helping of rice, but the fried fish can be very crispy.  You may find the flavourful teriyaki dishes a better bet. The very dry, crisp Asahi lager (£4 a pint) makes a good accompaniment to the curries. There is also free tap water, but the soft drinks are cheap: You can get a decent apple or pear juice for £1.90 each, while a can of San Pellegrino lemonade is just £1.40. You'll be happy to pay the 10% service charge. 7/10