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Food and ambience

Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Korean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Special Occasion Dining

Location and contact

Islington
0.7 miles from Emirates Stadium
About
Cozy no nonsense family ran Korean and Japanese restaurant hidden in Finsbury park Walk in, no reservations needed and cash only
PRICE RANGE
£10 - £15
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
CUISINES
Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Korean
FEATURES
Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Table Service, Cash Only
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Dotori is pretty far off the beaten track for most of us, but it is near the Park Theatre, which is why we were here, and it is just a block away from Finsbury Park tube station. The restaurant is a tiny place and it...is completely unpretentious. Having little experience with Korean food, I didn't know what to order, but the waiting staff were very helpful and gave some good recommendations. We enjoyed the food, especially the bibimbap with prawns. The beer should be colder, and it is not a place to linger, but the food is very tasty and the prices are quite reasonable.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 20 April 2023 via mobile

This place is easily missed as it is a tiny cafe right next to Finsbury Park station. Try to find it though… the food is amazing. I highly recommend the Japanese fried chicken, the miso aubergine & the hotpots. It is cash only & you...may need to queue but it is worth it!More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 29 January 2023 via mobile

Fantastic experience! Super delicious sushi and attentive service. The place does not look fancy but the food (we only had sushi) is simply amazing. Thank you Dotori Team, we’ll be back soon!

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 6 November 2022

We travelled almost 2hrs for the journey and was completely worth it. The staff were lovely and the food was amazing. A great experience and we plan to go again.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 11 October 2022 via mobile

One of my favourite places for sushi and Japanese. North London Finsbury Park. Place is small and not fancy but definitely worth it to eat high quality Sushi, noodles or soups.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 13 September 2022 via mobile

Tasty and lovely Japanese food served here in London. Great service clean and smiling staff and good prices and location at good point

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 26 March 2022

This is my second attempt of leaving a review for Dotori in Finsbury Park - my first review was deleted by the restaurant I am guessing?...surprise surprise! I was at Dotori in Finsbury Park on the 22nd of March 2022 for my friend's birthday dinner....I will begin by stating; this was by far the worst customer service and dining experience I ever experienced (in and out of London) in my life, which is why I am making, again, an attempt at leaving a review as I do not think it is good enough to steal £150 from customers and then expect them not to respond.  I will first and foremost state: only visit this place if you are into incredibly rude, mannerless staff, who will do their utmost to treat you horrendously and make you feel used. I am never going back to this place. I will be honest, the food was good; not Marco Pierre White or Nuno Mendes good, but 'sweet, sufficient for a friendly, simple evening'. Considering what's on offer; the food is way too expensive, which again, is alright, IF the service had been up to some standards, not a standard, any standard at this point.  We got to Dotori and were directed to a table downstairs. As soon as we were given menus, we were asked every other minute if we were ready to order - mind you; with a member of staff looking over my shoulder to my left, throughout the evening. Once we ordered, we again got asked every other minute (!) if we were done, in the middle of a conversation, 'are you done yet?'. At some point another staff member who had been getting ready to leave, put his coat on and said 'did you want your bill? here is your bill'. We went 'but you are still open no (?) and we are still drinking'. He then went 'we need to clean downstairs, you need to go upstairs'. We went upstairs, were told they were still open for another half an hour and ordered another beer. About ten minutes later, another staff member told us we had to leave and got rid of our nearly full drinks and directed us to the door. Where to begin. I can't even express the whole scenario the way I had the first time around. My whole point being; I get you are tired, i get you had a long day and want to leave but there are ways of treating customers, just people in general with a little more respect, decency and tact. I was honestly so shocked about how pushy, aggressive and short they were that neither I nor my friends knew what to say. Also bear in mind; we weren't there for a £10 meal, milking it and just keeping the place open. Just some food for thought: why did you move us downstairs in the first place if you knew you were going to be overwhelmed or needed or wanted to even shut the restaurant before the stated hour? You could have just let use queue upstairs and then told us 'tonight we'd like to close in the next hour, take a seat and make your order only stay if this is okay with you'. Instead you took us downstairs, rushed us through our order, our meal, stood by our side whilst we were eating, pushed us around, took our money, didn't even let us finish or take our drinks and basically told us to get out.  People; I never write reviews. Even if I am pissed off, I just let it go. But these guys, really took the mickey on a whole other level and the aggressive atmosphere was just one of a kind. The staff is obviously underpaid or untrained; there is no other reason why they would be this visibly angry, frustrated and really uncaring.  Do yourselves and this place a favour by avoiding it. I am surprised a restaurant like this is still in service and about all the 'positive' reviews. I am guessing the restaurant reports or takes down negative ones as they go.  Don't go, unless you want to have your most horrendous dining experience with a hefty bill at the end. More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Dotori L, Owner at Dotori, responded to this reviewResponded 20 April 2022

Hi, Well firstly, i am really gobsmacked. The amount of miscommunication this had is so deep that even i am pissed off about us. Firstly let me address the issue why there is a staff looking after downstairs. So we leave a member of staff...More

Reviewed 12 March 2022 via mobile

Amazing food and amazing service. I have an allergy and they were so careful and really thoughtful. The food was amazing, the quality, taste and amount was all great. Staff were lovely.

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 25 October 2021

My and my partner try out different spots all the time and just want fresh food which is mildly authentic. I have tried a few korean spots and to be honest none have been as good as those in Chinatown or Kimchee in kings cross....Dotori is so close to home and we wanted to give it a go. The food came quickly but was super super disappointing. We ordered, ttepoki, prawn tempura, seafood pancakes, noodle dish and a soup based dish. The soup was so so oily they could see me using tissue to filter it. The pancakes were raw doughy texture and I just picked out the seafood. The tempura was good and the ttepoki was nice too. The rest was well below average. I explained that I did not enjoy the noodle dish or the soup based beef dish and they could take it back, the waiter was friendly but said he can take it back but we will be charged because the chef already plated it for you. I did not want to argue with him.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 25 October 2021 via mobile

A small Japanese/ Korean restaurant a few minutes walk from Finsbury Park station. The food is fresh, great flavours and authentic. Service is quick and the restaurant is keen to have a quick turn around.

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 15 September 2021 via mobile

We have been to this restaurant many times and we have always been happy in the past but unfortunately they are now over pricing since Covid. My husband paid £38 on their recommendation. See photo attached. This consisted of rice, pancakes, lettuce and beef. Cheap...ingredients that are being sold for a rip off price. We will not return! Dotori is not what it was...shame on you!More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Dotori L, Owner at Dotori, responded to this reviewResponded 17 November 2021

Dear Angie , i believe you got the korean set Menu. Which consist of cucumbers kimchi, mix pickle veg, a seafood pancake , Kkanpungi chicken , a portion of Bulgogi bbq with rice and lettuce and these are really most popular dishes into one. Our...More

Reviewed 18 August 2021

I've been coming here regularly with my now husband for about six years and it's our favourite nearby date night spot. Cheap, delicious food and drink and the service is always speedy and efficient. The staff are wonderful and the owner is really kind. For...my birthday in lockdown last year, my husband wanted to get me dinner from my favourite restaurant and arranged a special delivery with the owner since we live just outside the Deliveroo/Uber Eats delivery area. The owner even sent a birthday card and flowers! I'm glad that Dotori is still going strong! We usually order from the Korean menu, although the sushi and other Japanese dishes are great too. The kkanpunggi and twigim are incredible.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 15 August 2021 via mobile

This was a brilliant local gem before. So sad to see this restaurant gone downhill after the previous Korean owner (Sam) sold this restaurant to the Chinese chefs who cook Korean and Japanese food. The current owner is keeping the same name with a different...menu. The hot food and bento boxes are average. The sushi’s are bad. Not fresh and warm. The bill comes £55 without alcohol. Cash only. I definitely won’t go back again!More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Dotori L, Owner at Dotori, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2021

Racist much? desperate that my uncle selling the shop for me to takeover after trainning under him for a long time, i kept everything the same, his old team is still here, yes we are mix of chinese and korean team but that doesn't mean...More

Reviewed 26 October 2020

My housemate and a couple of friends had already been and recommended Dotori to me and said to bring my girlfriend as Japanese food is her favourite cuisine! Anyway so we went - we had Korean mains and shared a Japanese Tofu dish with a...couple of beers. We thought the food was great, one of the best meals we'd had out in a while and we liked the atmosphere/decor too. I'm Vegan and the waiter was helpful in showing me the Vegan section of the menu which had enough options for me for you non meat eaters out there! I would say try to be seated downstairs if you can like we were - we preferred the atmosphere there. Service wasn't the friendliest but I've always liked the no nonsense service approach you get in some Asian restaurants. Would definitely recommend and we plan on going back!More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 23 September 2020

Having now visited on three separate occasions, I am an avid fan and advocate of Dotori. The food is great, the prices are reasonable, and the venue is understated but comfortable. Also, the wide selection of not only Korean, but Japanese food is very impressive!...To be able to provide such a wide range of cuisines to a large customer base, and at such a high standard, is a success in itself. While I empathise with the reviews citing a rushed service, overall the staff are really friendly, they just have a lot of customers to serve! And in their duty of serving customers with their food in an appropriate amount of time, they do it shockingly well for how busy Dotori can get post-6pm. Overall my only qualm is their return to walk-ins only - travelling in to get a table can be a hard gamble! However, it's a risk I'm willing to take.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Hi , We have 2 baby chair's in the restaurant
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I didn’t have a side with the beef bulging but my wife’s tofu came with a side of miso soup included so I guess just rice - if you’re ordering a starter too you won’t need much more
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4.5
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