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“Tasty but lack atmosphere”

WOW Simply Japanese
Ranked #4,901 of 23,877 Restaurants in London
Cuisines: Japanese
Dining options: Delivery, Reservations
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Dining options: Delivery, Reservations
Reviewed July 21, 2012

I am local to Wow and a regular (weekly) to both the restaurant and getting takeaway. The food is always top notch, presented well and you can't go wrong. The atmosphere is, however, cold without any music and a somewhat understated decoration it rarely gets buzzy.

1  Thank Nicola B
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Reviewed June 22, 2012

I'm a local and this is probably my most frequented restaurant, at least once a month. I was there last night and it was as delicious as ever. The dishes and combinations are superb. Favourites include seared salmon sashimi with ponzu dressing, scallop tempura, seared tuna & asparagus with miso dressing, chilli squid and the fantastic Godzilla roll (this isn't on the menu-it was once a special but I ask for it every time: essentially a prawn tempura roll wrapped in seared beef with a teriyaki drizzle).

The restaurant itself is small with simple decor, the service prompt and polite. I've taken all my friends here and whenever they visit that's the only place they want to go.

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Thank MissWLondon
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Reviewed February 11, 2012

Ok its not really WoW but it is certainly very good and that is on the basis of at least 10 visits. The restaurant is small and can seem a bit cramped but the decor is very nice. My husband is vegetarian and always has a good choice - specials give him the variety he might not get elsewhere so make sure you check the blackboard. Bentos are fine for me as I love the idea of having small amounts of lots of different food. Make sure you check the lunchtime specials which are good value. Staff always polite and efficient. Crouch End is difficult for parking but new parking spaces have been created outside the restaurant and this makes it much more assessable .......of course the parking charges are high but this is expected for London.

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Thank LandPLondon
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Reviewed August 20, 2011

Very average sushi: simply not the quality or freshness of even an itsu. Slow service.

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Thank Highgate_Wanderer
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Reviewed May 9, 2011

A refreshingly good Japanese restaurant that stands out in a sea of disappointingly average Japanese themed restaurants popping up all over Europe.
At WOW, care is taken with the quality of ingredients and the flavours (especially the sauces) are intensely delicious. Fish is all fresh and sustainably sourced. Bento boxes are great value containing a delightful assortment of goodies that leave you highly satisfied.

On the down side, the decor and atmosphere are a little bland and you do have to sit pretty close to fellow diners. The service can be far from attentive. Our plates were not cleared and we had to go to thecashier's desk to pay our bill.

But, with prices this reasonable and food this good I'm almost prepared to overlook the negatives. Get on down there.

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1  Thank touringmusician77
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