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.
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.
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.
3A Stroud Green Rd, London N4 2DQ, 020 7263 3562