I ventured down to the Hare & Tortoise yesterday to get my grub on with my significant other. Guess what? since it was her choice of restaurant, I’ve asked her to write the review. I do apologise in advance for the lack of photography in this review, I blame the katsu curry for being far too sexy and distracting me from my camera. She takes over on the flipside. *cue Usher – Trading Places*
Yes, I know some of you are thinking about “Slug & Lettuce” right now… I understand, but try not to confuse yourselves! The last time I had gotten my munch on here must of been sometime back in the Spring of ’09. For some reason, I had completely forgotten that this place actually existed. I’m guessing it’s because we spend a ridiculous percentage of our time eating out and about the west end/central. You can find this Bloomsbury joint at The Brunswick Shopping Centre, just a stones throw away from Russell Square. After flicking through some of my old school photo albums on Facebook the other night, I came across a fish-eye photograph of my bowl of H&T Tori Katsu Curry. Being utterly aware of the significant others’ love for Wagamama‘s Chicken Katsu, I obviously had to take him here right? Right.
I’ll say that Hare & Tortoise is pretty much a cross between Wagamama’s & YO! Sushi? Difference is, the prices are slightly more affordable. Win. Now, post Christmas/Sale shopping madness, who wouldn’t want to pay for the cheaper option? You’ve got your choice of a vast array of oriental noodle and rice dishes, but this restaurant also caters to you raw fish aquatic carnivores too. They have nigiri and maki on offer amongst others. We went for the tuna/salmon 10 piece sushi set for starters. I’ve tasted better elsewhere to be honest, but it was rather… average. Tori Katsu Curries for mains, which apparently aren’t as great as Wagamama’s greenier version however, the bowls were left with nothing but a few grains of rice at the end. The portions are quite generous which I reckon is reasonably good for how much we paid for. Oh and alongside all’a that, we sipped on some green tea. It’s supposed to be beneficial to life somehow. Detoxifys the system.
Guess who got the last salmon nigiri?
The Service & Interior
Service was fast-ish. Our dishes came through not that long after we made our orders. I like that. The staff took away some of the thick china off our humble little round table to make room for comfortable dining. Chopsticks were at the ready and spoons came with the Tori Katsu. The restaurant is comfortably, modern-looking and definitely defeats Wagamama’s “sharing is caring” last supper type bench setting. I appreciate having a back support on my chair so I can lethargically lean back and rub my satisfied podgey belly after a lovely meal without konking out. We’ll probably return to Hare & Tortoise at some point next year because I know I want to try out the other appealing dishes. I remember the dumplings were a hoot to my taste buds… so getting that next time. The menu prices are just sweet. Like Pooh Bears Honey.