Rice burgers at Yaki

So, I have to admit I’m pretty clueless when it comes to Japanese food. It wasn’t until this year that I visited my first sushi restaurant  (see the post Japanese in Geneva.) Previously, it seemed to me more something you would snack on – i.e. you had sushi, but then went for pizza as you hadn’t actually eaten anything. Anyway, after an excellent experience, I decided that this actually was for me…and now regularly indulge as a lunchtime treat.

Last week, I was introduced to Yaki – the new Japanese Bakery on Goodge Street. Primarily serving up Okonomiyaki – marketed as a japanese pancake (I would describe it as a sweeter version of a spanish tortilla with a kick) the bakery is full of unusual japanese treats – the likes of which haven’t been seen before in London.

I opted for the  Teriyaki chicken rice burger (£3.99) unsure of exactly what I would be receiving. It arrived within minutes and consisted of a fresh squishy rice cake encasing tomatoes, salad and my teriyaki chicken. It was all presented in a foam wrap which made it somewhat difficult to carry and even harder to eat, however it was very tasty, if not a little heavy on the mayonnaise.

All in all, I think it’s a great new concept and really challenges the norm in terms of what you can find on offer for lunch in the city. They have meal deals which allow you to try a range of products from the menu as well as salads, unique drinks such as aloe-infused water and sides. Definitely worth a visit if you’re in the neighborhood.

Yaki, 53 Goodge Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 1TG

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