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Review byEm Jackson29/04/2013

Janken, Herne Bay - Restaurant Review

Janken delivers new style Japanese menu with clean, fresh flavours.


Janken’s zen like décor of timber topped tables and concrete walls is both simple and stylish. Tables lined up along one wall coupled with a big shared bench in the front window, creates a friendly and buzzy atmosphere.

A friendly welcome from the head chef and kitchen staff lined up behind the counter is quite the norm in Japan and we certainly enjoyed the experience in Janken.

As to be expected, our Japanese waitress was attentive but not in your face and we were pleased when she checked if we wanted our food all out at once or served in stages.

Drinks List
There’s a good selection of organic cider, wine, beer and sake on the menu and we can recommend the sesame infused Japanese tea as a perfect accompaniment to the beef and fish.

Quality produce, creative and thoughtful dishes, Janken’s menu consists of traditional Japanese food like sushi, sashimi and miso but also reveals some surprising additions such as Beef Bourguignon and Vegetable Gratin.

The Bottom Line
Janken delivers inspirational food, delicious fresh flavours with vibrant colours that leave your taste buds wanting more.

Reason to Return
Steaming seafood hot pot laden with prawns, salmon and other seafood delights served over its own flame and the melt in your mouth Beef Bourguignon were two perfect dishes on this cold night.

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