Sushi Eatery, Soho

Sushi is quickly becoming one of my favourite lunchtime options, but it is not easy to find in London if you want both cheap and good quality.

Although I do not work close enough for this to be a lunchtime treat, it definitely was worth having a boring lunch to go there for an amazing dinner. For a Tuesday night it was fairly busy – this place must be an absolute goldmine, the tables are turned very quickly and there were diners solo, in couples and groups. They try and fit everyone in, imagine a jigsaw puzzle mastermind meets a waitress- this is the situation here.

When you walk in from Frith Street, you will be met with a few tables upstairs (nice enough) but my friend (who recommended this spot to me) asked to eat downstairs, at first you think everyone is sat crossed legged like in a school assembly hall (albeit with the luxury of a cushion) but actually the low table to floor ratio is deceptive as you are seated in zashiki-style. This traditional style eating space has been customised to allow a cut-out area beneath the table which allows your legs to hang. It was not the most elegant of entrances by me, at 5’8ft and wearing a skirt I tried to fold myself into the seated spot- which once into is very comfy it just takes some wriggling to get there. I did see a very tall guy do this with much better flow than I managed (I am happy to try again, practice makes perfect). The tables seat approximately 6 to 8 people so expect to share your table if you’re in a smaller group and it gets busy (which undoubtedly it will do).

You will not go hungry! 

We had the set price menu which included up to 6 rounds of cold sushi (you can choose up to 6 sushi dishes in one round), one hot round of dishes (including: dumplings, katsu, beef or chicken teriyaki, sweet potato tempura, edamame, king prawn tempura, wasabi calamari etc). I have included in the header photo a snap of how you order, very handy tick box system. 

The bill will not break the bank either. Ours came to £41 for two with service (no alcohol- it was a school night at the beginning of the week). It is very reasonable (handy for those who might still be feeling the effects of buying presents and splurging on too many mulled wines over Christmas).
Some photos:

Our first round of sushi rolls and sashimi (my favourite were the soft shell crab rolls!!) 


The hot food selection


As a heads up, they only take cash as payment. There is a handily positioned cash point around the corner on Regent street.
This is one, of two Dozo eateries in London, the other is in South Kensington. Might have to try this one out and see if it’s as good.

LLM

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Claim back your Lunch Hour

Often work can pile up and up and the sky’s the limit for paper if you are working in a transactional department or a department such as Pensions/Employment or Dispute Resolution. I am not so sure if we really are working towards a paperless/ contactless world after all when I look around the different offices (they happened to be all glass and sometimes it feels like Suits has met the Crystal Maze). My point being, sometimes in the legal landscape you cannot swan off for a leisurely hour lunch.

BUT…

Something I learnt studying for years on years- I know I am one of those people which need to recharge my batteries and really benefit from small breaks.

On my first day at work, I was encouraged to take “screen breaks” and “my lunch hour”. Being a paralegal I have the benefit of going under the radar at times which I am sure trainees and associates do not (although its remarkable the number of fellow regulars in the coffee bar downstairs everyday that meet my gaze).

So if you can, please try and move away from sandwiches and a quick lunch at your desk while reading over an agreement or scanning through a draft. It really makes sense to regain your power hour!

The possibilities are endless but here are ten suggestions:

  1. Explore- Go outside. Do you know what there is to see near your office?  (local markets, concert halls, new brunch spots, graffiti art, pop-ups, galleries, gyms, yoga studio with a free trial, bakeries and more)
  2. Food Markets- Amazing flavours and spice combinations that are only a short walk away. You cannot pack into your lunchbox a hot pad thai or a spicy burrito. This make a great change from eating the same thing everyday and breaks up the monotony. I enjoy my walk there and back too. I understand that lunchbreaks can get expensive especially for those of us just starting out. I try to be sensible and bring pack lunches in or shop locally in bulk. However, a Friday treat or payday treat at the market is always a highlight.
  3. Fitness- I have lucky enough to have a subsidised gym membership through work and will sometimes pop over for a quick class (especially recommend the core class- a bonus being it is 20minutes and leaves time still to pop to the market after see. point 2 above).  If this is not your thing there are tough mudder classes, spinning, boxing, yoga/pilates and more. Alternatively, if its sunny go for a run and sweat out the morning’s stress- you are never too far from the Thames towpath or Regent’s canal etc.
  4. Be cultural- The weekends can often get filled before you know it and you end up living in London without every seeing any of its amazing art. See what exhibitions and galleries are located on your doorstep.
  5. Shopping- Whether this is for food (meal prep for the week) or for clothes/ beauty items/ friend’s birthday presents or other. This is your hour to do with as you please and it leaves the weekends free for more fun and frivolity.
  6. Volunteer- I recently registered to read with a child at a local school one lunch hour a week through our firm’s learning and development team. I found the overall experience to be very rewarding; such a small amount of my time was really useful to another. Find out about your firm’s corporate social responsibility opportunities or enquire via your local council/ do a quick Google search.
  7. Life admin- It sounds boring but every week or if that slips at least once per fortnight I try and have one lunch break sorting the mayhem out. This can include going to the post office, buying birthday cards, dropping dry-clean only work clothes to the dry cleaners/ collecting newly pressed items (dry-clean only items really are irritating but as the nicer items they tend to be handled with care for fear of crumpling it if I DIY clean it- this has been known).
  8. Team bonding- Once a week (weather dependent) I play in the firm’s netball team, which involves a few of us from different teams all training together. This has been a fantastic means of developing friends in other areas of the firm including professional support lawyers, secretaries, associates, technology team members, paralegals and trainees.
  9. Network- lunch with different people, colleagues, friends and you will be surprised what invitations follow. It never hurts to widen your contact base. Also, if its ridiculously painful and you wish the tacos with an old law friend from the LPC could be over after 15minutes of being there you already have the perfect excuse- that transaction at work cannot wait for you and your needed!
  10. If you run out of ideas… phone a friend (while strolling through the city, park or west-end).

Try something different and maybe rope in a few colleagues to adventure with you.

LLM

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