Japanese Restaurants On The Rise
It seems that once considered exotic and strange, by many Britons, Japanese food is now becoming more mainstream.
The Ajimura, opened in London in 1972, and was the first Japanese restaurant to do so. Since then, there has been a steady increase in the number of such establishments.
In the last few years, there has been strong growth in the number of Japanese eateries across Britain; noodle and sushi bars can be found in most towns up and down the country.
This increase is due to the number of relatively cheap chain restaurants, such as Wagamama, which is modelled on Japanese ramen shops.
Additionally, Japanese food is perceived to be healthier than Western food.
A recent survey by restaurant guide Zagat placed Wagamama as the No. 1 restaurant in London, beating Nobu and the Ivy.