As you may have noticed there’s a bit of a pattern emerging in some of our restaurant visits being a lot closer to home. Why not when there’s so many hidden gems on our doorstep and normally at a fraction of the price. One such place is the wonderful Dotori right by Finsbury Park tube.

We had heard so much about the place which is a bit of a legend for the locals. Unfortunately last year it closed for about 6 months which caused a whole load of heartbreak, especially for Lawrence and I who didn’t manage to make it down there. However, we can all rejoice again because it’s back open and finally we managed to get a table. We also discovered you can book a couple of days before if you just give them a call they’ll pop you on the list.

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We were downstairs, which again we never knew existed, propped up on the sushi counter watching the talented chefs doing their thing. Be warned the menu is huge, with so much choice from their extensive Korean and Japanese cuisine. We were rather overwhelmed by all the choice, we wanted it all, so in the end we went for the Korean & Japanese set menu to make things simpler. What incredible price too, all the food I’m about to list for just £32 in total.

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First up japchae noodles with beef, which was amazing, god writing this is going to make me incredibly hungry. This dish was quickly followed by the meat dumplings, which were tasty little morsels, can’t go wrong with battered meat.

As expected the prawn tempura was cooked to perfection, didn’t last long on the plate. Next up was the huge selection of special maki and special nigri. This alone in any Central London sushi restaurant would have cost a whole lot more than our total for the evening.

One of my favourites which over the last year or so I’ve had more and more was the bibimbap, you get the choice of which one you would like. We went for the Bulgoggi which was with pear and soy marinated beef BBQ topping and fried egg. Give it a good mix and wait for the lovely crispy bits that normally hug to the sides.

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We were just about stuffed but fancied one more thing so went for the Ge Twigim which was the deep fried soft shell crab served with a fruity sauce. Hands down best soft shell crab I’ve had and at only £6.90 for the full plate it was an absolute steal.

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It was an incredible first experience of Dotori and safe to say we will be returning many more times. I just hope they move into a bigger residency at some point so that there’s not such a bum fit for tables, but great to see them continuing to do so well. If only I hadn’t spread the word further by telling you all how good it was…

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