Sapporo Ichiban is for many Lewisham and Catford locals the number one destination for Japanese cuisine in southeast London. With well-thumbed menus clocking in at over a dozen pages, this Catford Broadway restaurant is truly an encyclopaedic tribute to Japanese culinary culture. The side dishes alone comprise a short romantic novel to the pleasures of East Asian eating, but we urge diners to plough on and take in the many types of dishes on offer here.
It’s a popular pastime among Catford locals to pop in to Sapporo Ichiban down Catford Broadway for either a couple of yakitori skewers and a drink, sarariman-style, or to grab an express (and affordable lunch) from the set menu options. Here, at one of Lewisham and southeast London’s favourite dinky Japanese restaurants, you can get a combo of the Sapporo hot platter (ebi yaki, yasai katsu, crab stick tempura, vegetable rolls) with beef teriyaki or king prawn teriyaki plus rice for under a tenner. Or, go luxurious with the grand C selection, with the Sapporo Boat sushi set, tempura sushi, and the Asian-European fusion novelty of the salmon sushi pizza. It’s not traditional, but it’s a damn fine example of international culinary relations.
A fine sashimi and jyu (sashimi served on sushi rice with miso soup) selection is available at this favoured Lewisham Japanese restaurant, too, with curious cuts like the octopus and surf clam offering less well-known options to raw fish foodies. The Catford roll is a cute homage to Sapporo Ichiban’s home, featuring prawn tempura and cucumber with mayonnaise (what must they think of this corner of London?). The very hungry head to Catford Broadway to take in Sapporo Ichiban’s pan fried noodles, udon, and hearty rice dishes, with the vegetarian yasai chilli noodle or rice being a popular, spicy, and all-too-affordable must-have.
Lovely Japanese restaurant in South London, an absolute gem, the food is delicious and great service too in a very atmospheric setting.
Really good food, really good value for money. Service was excellent. The soft shell crab was wonderful and we ordered it twice. Definately going again.
Lovely food, great choice will be back. The set menu for less than £10 pp is incredibly good value. Sunken tables look fab but maybe need some plumper cushions.
Good service and excellent food. The Catford rolls were great and the chicken gyoza took us straight back to Kyoto. The low seating was fun too. Having recently moved into the area this is definitely going to be one of our regular places to eat.
When we arrived at the restaurant, we were ignored! I had to get the attention of someone to say that we had a reservation and could we sit down. After 15 minutes we had to get someone's attention to order drinks. 20 mins later our drinks arrived after asking twice for them! Meanwhile we'd ordered food, another long wait, and all main dishes came at different times. I could have eaten mine twice before my friends dish arrived! The Kate's were not cleared afterwards & we had to find someone again for the bill. No offer of more drinks during the meal, but if there had been, I don't believe they'd have arrived before we left! Dreadful service!
Excellent food, fantastic service and lovely staff... Can't wait to go back again. We made a reservation and they saved us one of the sunken tables- very authentic Japanese experience, can't wait to go back again!
We had the Ichiban (no. 180) which was excellently presented on a large wooden Japanese Bridge full of fresh sushi. Washed down by hot saki!!
The food is delicious and there is a huge variety, however service can be a bit slow but if you know this and set aside an evening then it's brilliant!
Sushi buffet was really good but it took 40 minutes fornour food to be brought out... And we only ordered sesame toast first. I've been on a Saturday night and also on a Sunday afternoon... I would say to go on a Sunday when it's a lot less busy.
Amazing sushi, good service, nice atmosphere. A relatively unknown gem in the heart of Catford! Will definitely be returning very soon and would highly recommend to friends and family.