Tenshi Japanese Restaurant @ Angel Islington

こじんまりしたカジュアル日本食レストラン・天使(Tenshi)が、エンジェルのアッパー・ストリートについ先日オープンした。店内は、ダークウッドの家具に和紙風のランプシェードで、シックにまとめられている。オーナーはイギリス人(に見える)だけれど、カウンターの中にいるのは日本人と韓国人たち。今回上には上がらなかったけれど、2階席もあるみたい。

テークアウトも店内でいただくこともできるメニューは、寿司やお弁当類(鶏唐揚げ、トンカツ、チキンカツ、鶏/鮭照り焼き等)。コンビニかスーパーで使われるような味気ないプラスチック・ケース入りで(パッケージは寿司チェーンのItsuの方がお洒落)、冷蔵庫にディスプレイされていてる。レストランというより、ファーストフード店のような感じ。私はトンカツ弁当(£6.50)、Mはちらし寿司(£8.50)+みそ汁(£1.50)+サーモンアボカド巻(6個入り£4.00?)を注文。トンカツは電子レンジでチンではなく、オーブンで温め直したのか、新しくあげてくれたのか分からないけれど、カリッと揚がって出てきたのが嬉しかった。

お味の方は、ファーストフード・ジャパニーズとしては上出来だと思う。イギリスに多い、なんちゃってジャパニーズ・チェーンのJapanese CanteenやWagamama、YO! Sushi、同じアッパーストリートにあるMisoや、最近増えている中国人経営の日本食(中華より日本食の方が儲かるから鞍替えしているのだそう)に比べたら、断然お薦め。不況のせいか寒さのせいか、ランチタイムでもあんまり人気がなかったけれど、日本食不毛の地・エンジェルで是非生き残ってほしい店だ。

Tenshi: 61 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 0NY

A cosy casual Japanese restaurant Tenshi (‘Angel’ in Japanese) just opened on Upper Street, Angel. The interior is chicly decorated with dark wood furniture and paper lampshades. I didn’t go and see, but there is also seating area upstairs as well. The owner (?) looks British (but not sure), but workers are Japanese and Koreans.

Tenshi offers Sushi sets and Bento boxes such as Pork/Chicken Katsu, Chicken Karaage, Teriyaki dishes etc, and you can eat in or take out as well. The food is packed in a mundane plastic takeaway case and displayed in a fridge – it is more like a fast food restaurant (food packaging is more stylish at Sushi chain Itsu).  We ordered Tonkatsu (Pork cutlet £6.50), Chirashizushi (assorted fish over sushi rice £8.50), Miso soup(£1.50) and salmon avocado roll (£4.00). It was great that the Tonkatsu was fried very crispy and hot – I am not sure if they fried the pork from scratch or used oven to warm it up, but it was not cooked by microwave at least.

The taste is pretty good, as a fast food Japanese – its is much better than so-called ‘Japanese’ restaurant chains like Japanese Canteen, Wagamama, Yo! Sushi, and Miso (on the Upper street as well), or Chinese-owned Japanese restaurants; I read that now many Chinese open Japanese restaurants because they can earn more than Chinese restaurants. Tenshi was half empty when we went there even though it was at lunch time; maybe because it was cold or because of recession, but I hope Tenshi survives in Angel, where there is no good Japanese restaurant!

店内写真は、写真撮影に良いポジションに陣取ったMが愛用のi-phoneで撮ってくれると言ったので、信頼して任せたら、ひどい写真になってしまった。本当はもっと明るくてこぎれいな感じ。

M, who sat on the good position, told me that he would take a photo of the interior for me, with his precious i-phone, but it turned out terrible. The restaurant looks much better and more light than in the photo.

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2 responses to “Tenshi Japanese Restaurant @ Angel Islington

  1. everydaylifestyle

    Hi! Thanks for your comment! Did you have your lunch at Tenshi?
    I know your blog! M and I check your blog once in a while to see any place new in London.

    Hope you ate well in Tokyo too :)

  2. Just discovered your site while looking for reviews of Tenshi, where I want to have lunch today. Love it! Went to Tokyo for the first time last year. Loved that too!

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