Finding a halal Japanese restaurant in general can be very difficult, however in London there’s one restaurant which provides just that!…and its not just one place….it’s a chain! With over 25 years’ worth of experience, they have established themselves with six restaurants all across central London. Now I’m not the type of person to try things outside of my comfort zone, but I recently got dragged along with my friends. I had a fantastic time the first time round, so I thought I’ll take my girlfriend as she is into oriental food. Hare & Tortoise was not a disappointment as we were easily sat down with no queuing needed.
Food - 7/10
Ambiance - 8/10
Service - 8/10
Value for money - 8/10
Hare & Tortoise is a go-to London chain restaurant if you’re looking for Halal Japanese food including sushi, curries and noodles.
Price Range: ££
Telephone: 020 7278 9799
Address: 11-13 The Brunswick, London WC1N 1AF
Nearest Station: Russell Square
For starters we ordered the Vegetable Spring Rolls which comes with complimentary sweet chilli sauce. For £4 they give you six rolls, which is quite value for money. The spring rolls were very tasty and different to the type of vegetable spring rolls you get at other Asian restaurants. The sweet chill sauce also adds flavour. Be careful not to dig in straight away as the spring rolls are quite hot when they arrive at your table.
On this occasion there was no sushi available on the day. A sign was posted on the door before we entered, but that shouldn’t stop us from trying some Japanese food.
For mains my girlfriend and I ordered the Chicken Chilli and Black Bean Lo Mein noodles and the Panang Curry with rice. The restaurant allows you to choose mains with different side combinations whether you fancy rice or noodles.
Starting with the noodles, I was surprised by the large portion provided within the bowl. The dish contained large pieces of chicken, onions, red and green peppers along with black beans. Underneath were the noodles and brown sauce all spread over the bowl. I previously tried this meal with rice, but this time I went for noodles. I have to say they tasted even more amazing when mixed.
The Panang Curry with rice contained chicken thigh in a rich thai brown curry with potato, chilli and kaffir lime leaves. My girlfriend preferred the taste of this; however, I wasn’t very fond. I found the curry quite displeasing when in comparison to other thai curries.
Overall my taste buds for oriental food is increasing with a craving for chicken noodles. Other than the issue with no sushi, the restaurant provides a great atmosphere with amazing tasting food. No issues with long waiting times or understanding what your ordering as the menu is pretty straight and clear.