Thursday, June 2, 2011

Mini bites: Taro, Soho

Covent Garden is a pretty great area to work, but I am often at a loss when it comes to lunch options. Decent sandwich options are few and far between and you would be hard pushed to find a good feed in and around the fiver mark. It's so bad that I have even started making my own lunch (cue exclamations of shock)

Taro is a beacon in this wilderness of mediocrity. Their lunch menu is a most bargainous £7 (eat in, cheaper if you take away) and contains enough food to keep you fueled for the rest of the day. In the bento box meals, you get a drink and a bowl of above average miso soup to start, and then a bento box packed with your protein of choice, as well as containing an assortment of other treasures.


Opting for a chicken teriyaki box, I had some sesame bean sprouts, some pickles, a dressed salad, some edamame, a little potato salad and a generous portion of chicken and rice. Best of all, it all tastes pretty great.

I've been working in Covent garden for about a year now and I don't think you are going to find much better food at much better value in the vicinity. There are many choices round here, but few I would proclaim as favourites. And with a logo which has a striking resemblance to yours truly, how can I resist.

Taro - 10 Old Compton Street, London W1

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Kay @ Chopstix2Steaknives said...

I've always seen Taro and never ventured in. Sounds awesome and a bargain for definitely heading in!

Su-Lin said...

Have you seen the guy who runs the place? He looks JUST like the drawing in the first picture.

Now I am sad that the Taro in Knightsbridge closed - their bento boxes were fabulous and I really miss them!

Uyen Luu said...

I love Taro! Really good value! Their gyozas are really tasty, love the beef bento box and you can ask to have your sushi changed to your preferred fish, (I hate the prawn one). Taro does look exactly like the picture as Su Lin says, he used to shop in my boutique for wife/ gf/ daughters I dunno... : )

Mzungu said...

I've been past this joint on so many occasions, but for some reason never ventured in, but been reading a lot about it recently. May just have to .....

Ute@HungryinLondon said...

I love going to Taro for a quick bite. your review reminds me to go back soon!

Lay the table said...

We have nothing like this in Leeds and I so desperately want it!

tehbus said...

@ Kay - Cheap and great. go!

@ Su Lin - I have and it makes me chuckle every time

@ Leluu - I will get some gyoza to take back for an afternoon snack next time!

@ Mzungu - I think you should...

@ Ute - Let me know if you need a lunch partner!

@ Lay the table - Shame, bento is one of life's little treats.