Kota’s Kitchen: Japanese Japanese

I often feel as though Japanese food is the great scam of the restaurant World.

I love Japanese food, but the concept means that it is the food-type of choice for evil restaurant owners to over-price.

Let’s take ‘Hiro Yakitori’ as an example.

A new restaurant in the SML Mall on Zhaojiabang Rd., they serve plain, grilled things on sticks. And because “it’s Japanese”, they over-charge for it.

Or any restaurant in Shanghai with a ‘Lunch Set’ or an all-Japanese menu that consists of two pieces of standard-quality raw fish, some white rice and some chopped salad can be 108 RMB. Or 128 RMB with a packet of powdered ‘Miso Soup’.

You get the idea.

Well, Kota’s Kitchen is a better strand of Japanese restaurant.

There are now three locations, each with different branding – the newest one being on Huai Hai Rd.

The photos will show you right away that it is worth a visit, and the price is fair.



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3 Comments on “Kota’s Kitchen: Japanese Japanese”

  1. November 20, 2012 at 12:49 pm #

    Sounds good , I’ll have to go visit . I tend to hold the opinion that any foreign cuisine in Shanghai is overpriced.

    • November 20, 2012 at 1:38 pm #

      It can be unless the ingredients are imported. but many places do over-charge for pasta and sandwiches, just because some of their customers will pay it.

      Wagas is one of the best places for good value though – circa 40/50 RMB is great value when taking all costs into account.

    • November 20, 2012 at 5:04 pm #

      True that! I have a Wagas right by my house .

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