If you don’t live in or around Greenwich, it’s unlikely that you’ll have heard about Zaibatsu – but it’s fast rising up the charts.  Currently ranked as #7 of all restaurants in London on Trip Advisor, we’ve heard rave reviews from Brother & sister-in law and as we find ourselves in the area one day, we pop in to see what the fuss is all about.

Zaibatsu is about a 10-15 minute walk from the attractions in Greenwich, so a bit tucked away from the crowds.


The inside is basic and functional – cash only, cafe style tables and chairs inside a teeny tiny restaurant.  Reservations are recommended in the evenings and even on a cold Sunday afternoon, there are reserved signs on a few tables.

The volcano roll has been recommended to us and when it arrives, it’s easy to see why there are so many positive comments about the presentation of the food.  I don’t know what the orange shavings are on top, they are pretty, but not adding much to the overall taste.


We order the prawn special – prawns marinated in buttermilk and oats and while the very thought of milky prawns are a bit odd, they are absolutely divine.  I could have eaten about three of these portions.


Husband was after something hot and ordered the schezuan squid and this is where things fell down slightly.  The batter covering the squid was soggy and the sauce didn’t resemble anything schezuan-like in the slightest.


A pleasant surprise came out to finish the meal – green tea tiramisu!  I’m not a big fan of the green tea flavour in general, but the tiramisu is a nice touch to end our first visit.


This is a great option for a cheap n cheerful meal.  We’ll just be avoiding the hot food and sticking to the sushi rolls.

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