Dotori, Finsbury Park

Sushi selection at Dotori, Finsbury Park

Top quality Japanese and Korean cuisine isn’t what you’d expect to find among Finsbury Park’s jumble of pound shops, fried chicken and football fans. In fact, it’s a shock to find top quality anything in this part of town, which made the delicious, affordable meal I had at Dotori more welcome than an origami fan workshop in a heatwave.

Beef noodles from Dotori, Finsbury Park

Never one to ignore the option to try nearly everything we tucked into the Japanese and Korean set menu, which featured delicious meat dumplings; huge, crispy tempura prawns; beautifully cooked japchae noodles with soft strips of beef; a platter of fresh sushi and the bibimbap of our choice in a hot stone bowl. For £13 a head. Oh, and there was a little bowl of salad, too, in a dressing so good Paul Newman would beg for the recipe.

Tempura prawns from Dotori, Finsbury Park

I’d try to channel my hunger into a more interesting choice next time, because actually the japchae noodles were probably the highlight of our selection despite being the only bit I hadn’t been bothered about. But the chefs seem to be black belts in their own Japanese/Korean combinations as well as the standards which fill out the menu, so you’re in safe hands. Just make sure you book a table, because N4’s best restaurant already has more fans than it does seats.

Dotori
★★★★★  £££
3A Stroud Green Rd, London N4 2DQ, 020 7263 3562

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