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Dotori – Finsbury Park – London

written by Amy Lau
WARNING: I have a problem.
I suffer from a serious disorder called Hungry Eyes Syndrome.
It simply takes over me, and I cannot control it.
I just NEED to eat EVERYTHING.
I know you can all relate.
Korean Fried Chicken
You know that dreadful feeling inside when you can’t decide what you want to eat, because if you had your way you would eat the world in one sitting.
I was having one of those moments.
That fateful day was between Korean or Japanese.
Luckily Dotori, in Finsbury Park are renowned to serve both cuisines and they do it well.
Salmon Sashimi
Korean Seafood Pancake


Feeding my greed.
It was only natural to start off with not one but THREE appetisers.
Korean Spring Onion and Seafood Pancake (£6.50)
As you are well aware, this is not just any Korean pancake; it’s a juicy, densely packed pancake with an abundance of shrimp, squid and spring onions.
It was soft in the middle, and had that crispy edge; making it just so satisfying.
It’s probably one of the best Korean seafood pancakes I’ve ever had.
Korean Fried Chicken (£5.50) 
The flavour of the sticky sauce was perfect: sweet, salty, sour and spicy. Every thing you could possible want. I just wished that it was more ‘saucy’ but that’s just because I like it dirty.
Also the chicken was a little on the tough side, as it was slightly overcooked.
Salmon Sashimi (£6.50)
It’s hard to knock on fresh salmon, this was meaty and added that refreshing edge to my starters.
Whetting my appetite. ;P
Trio of Sides ;]
Rainbow Roll 
Rainbow Roll £8.50
Tuna, Salmon, Sea bass, Prawn, Crabstick, pickle, cucumber, kanpyo and green tea mayonnaise
This was the most refreshing of the sushi rolls, with that green tea mayo adding an earthy hum to each bite.
Dragon & House Roll
House Roll £7.00
Marinated beef, cucumber, kanpyo, asparagus, kimchee, inari, flying fish roe, and red wine sauce
I was actually pretty surprised at how flavoursome the beef was in this roll, think the marinade used on bulgogi beef IN a sushi roll.
It was well balanced with the cucumber, asparagus and the kimchee added that saltiness that just brought it all together. It was really well balanced.
Dragon Roll £8.50
Eel, avocado, cucumber and sweet soy sauce
That sweet thick soy based sauce thats basted on the eel always will be a winner in my eyes. The crunch of the cucumber and soft creaminess of the avocado just added to it’s glory.
Pear and Beef Bulgogi Bibimbap

Pear and Beef Bulgogi Bibimbap £7.50

I was so stuffed by this point, and suffering the consequences from Hungry Eyes Syndrome.

But this was just SO good.

Pear and beef just go so well together.

You get that sweetness from the pear, with the saltiness from the beef, and the vegetables give it that added crunch. Slather it all with some chilli and you will be in a very happy place.

I felt like a fat cat after eating all of that.

I probably shouldn’t have ordered that last dish, as I was about to explode.

But I regret nothing!


Dotori is tiny family-run restaurant just a stone throw away from Finsbury Park station. I just love places that look and feel like you’re in someone’s home.

This place is always constantly rammed so be sure to book in advance if you decide to venture here.

Sex Appeal?

I know I’ll be back ;]

YUMMEI’s 8/10

3 Stroud Green Road,
Finsbury Park,
N4 2DQ

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Andrea Petersen June 25, 2015 at 1:25 pm

Ok so this place sounds AWESOME – Korean seafood pancake (the bomb) AND good, great value sushi under the same roof? Must, must, must…. Thank you! Lots of love, Andrea xxx

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Amy Lau June 26, 2015 at 9:01 am

Yes! You really must try this place out! Can't beat a place that does great value Japanese AND Korean. ^^
Let me know what you think lovely.


LuxuryColumnist July 10, 2015 at 5:34 pm

I definitely suffer from hungry eyes syndrome too, is there a cure 😉

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