Passing by the newly refurbished restaurant, Shiro, (formerly known as Niko Niko) just off Tottenham Court Road; I was summoned inside by the simple and minimalist decor AND my craving for anything teriyaki.
…Boy was there a reason why it was empty the entire evening.
Chicken Teriyaki Bento:
Let’s dissect the box shall we?
First up is the salad, this ‘salad’ consisted of shavings of cabbage, a lonely leaf of lettuce, with 2 pieces of overly soaked seaweed tossed to the side and topped with an overpowering ginger sauce; think sour ginger. It was so overpoweringly salty that is that it caused the vegetables beneath to shrivel.
Unfortunately the teriyaki sauce was watery, not like the thick and sticky texture I’ve come accustomed to and the portion was very small.
Chicken Katsu Bento:
It was burnt, so burnt that the chicken had become a shadow of it’s former self, and sat squelched at the bottom of the box hidden under lashings of a very salty HP-esque sauce that made my tongue itch.
Again, the miso soup accompaniment was lost in transition to the table.
Being the only 2 individuals in this restaurant, it did dawn on me that I could get impeccable service.
4 waitresses and 2 guests. The maths speaks for itself really.
Inattentive. Lazy. Rude.
On top of that I wasn’t given utensils to eat with. Failing to grab the attention of one of the 4 waitresses, I was forced to lean across and retrieve some from the table next to me.
And you know a Japanese restaurant is really stepping over the line when they charge for the use of soya sauce.
Furthermore, I was told off by the management for taking any images. Hence why the image of the Chicken Katsu is upside down.