Jamyang Buddhist Centre
This is a place of serenely good vibrations. First and foremost a Buddhism centre, it's open to all comers whether you wish to take a meditation class, do some yoga, learn about Buddhism or simply pass some time at their vegetarian cafe and garden. There are classes covering everything from compassion meditation to the sayings of the Buddha - if you want to expose yourself to something new and grab a bit of calm, the doors here are open (unless you come when it's closed).
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Dozo - it's one letter off from Dojo, and way off from your average sushi joint. Don't go to this South Ken spot if you have a thing for chairs, 'cause you won't find any here. The traditional zashiki-style seating means you'll be sitting on the floor, but who cares when the food is this good? The menu features creative Japanese fare - think tempura rolls like the hirame with turbot fillet and lime & ponzu sauce, or modern sashimis like the scallop carpaccio with lime dressing. You'll feel like a high-class Japanese businessman.
These guys pride themselves in the process and quality of their stone baked sourdough bread from Sweden. We salute their bread but can't get enough of their buns. Choose from vanilla, cardamon or cinnamon, all layered, knotted and folded into swirls of pure delight. Over in Sweden, stopping in for a coffee and a bun is called 'Fika'. A concept sadly lacking in the UK we must say.
*Permanently Closed 11/10* Gyoza are Japanese dumplings packed with a choice of meats, salmon or vegetables - deep fried, pan fried or steamed. We can't get enough of the little buggers even though are a bit pricey here. The restaurant also does ramen, and an assortment of small plates. Avoid the Bao buns though. We went for the soy broth filled with gyoza and a sake (of course). The design is simple with wooden floors, open brick walls and beautiful earthenware.
Shoryu Ramen Broadgate
***Unpublished*** If you’re coming here, you probably work nearby. You've heard the chatter about the other, more expensive restaurants around. Ignore it; Shoryu Ramen is the one. Wicked dumplings, frozen beers and SO much Sake. They have cocktails, but if you’re drinking them here you’re not using DOJO properly. We had a great time; got serious on every ramen broth, grill and gyoza the waiter recommended, and walked out a little less unconvinced by the location. They have more central venues, but if you’re in the area...