We went to Edamame while visiting a friend based in Oxford, I vaguely remember reading from the website that they close at 2.30pm and we got there close to 3pm, there was a 4 person-queue ahead of us so we had to wait outside. We were the last ones to be admitted and newcomers were turned away. It was probably a 20-min wait but once we started eating we realised why people queue just to get food from this restaurant. We were served tea as soon as we were seated then we ordered chicken yakisoba, chicken kara-age and pork shoyu ramen plus miso soup and rice on the side. We also had edamame for starters. The food were faultless and we finished everything amongst the four of us including my 2 1/2 yr old son who thoroughly enjoyed the kara-age, the chicken was battered nicely and was not dripping in oil. I love the bonito flakes (I think they are bonito flakes) in my yakisoba, it was very tasty and add another depth to the dish. The portions were generous and we paid £31 (inc. drinks) for everything which was really inexpensive for the quality of food that we had. My only concern is that because the space is extremely small, it makes bringing a pram difficult because there is nowhere to put it and it won't even fit in their small corridor, just a heads up to parents bringing their kids in pram. As for the complaint regarding the food's authenticity, what is an authentic Japanese cuisine? All food found in our tables have been in one way or another influenced by another culture, and food, in places like Edamame and even in our own homes, reflects the cook's interpretation of a dish so it always varies. I can say that the food we had in Edamame is certainly worth the wait and the long drive from the North of England to Oxford, I can't wait to visit again.
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