Tatsuso closed its doors in July 2009, presumably a victim of the economic downturn in the City. The notes below are of historic interest only.
Tatsuso is in Broadgate Circle, next to Liverpool Street. Downstairs is a sushi bar, upstairs a more formal restaurant. The downstairs had blond wood tables and offered some privacy, the upstairs was more open and was decorated in black. There was a vast array of set menus, ranging from £33 – £99.50. From the a la carte examples included tuna sashimi at £24.50, assorted tempura £16.50, pieces of sushi and sashimi from £2.50 - £11 for a fatty tuna roll. Prices were high, as shown by egg fried rice at £5.50. Sashimi tuna was very good indeed,with excellent texture and carefully cut (comfortably 15/20). Soft shell crab roll was also good, though a spicy tuna roll could have done with more spice, at least for me. Grilled eel was excellent, served on a bed of rice which had absorbed the cooking juices (14/20). The only let down on the food was prawn tempura with good prawns but a rather heavy batter (12/20). Service was good throughout.
What follows are notes from a May 2001 meal.
This has a reputation for being fearsomely expensive, a feeling reinforced when booking: not “which name?” but “which company is the reservation for?” However the reality is not quite that bad. There are half a dozen set menus at the teppanyaki counter, each of several courses and ranging from £43 to £80, but five were in the £43 – £63 range, hardly a bargain but not too steep by these days’ standards. The wine list looked somewhat costly, but who drinks wine in Japanese restaurants?
Beer or sake are de rigueur, and even with several Kirins and an extra side dish from the a la carte menu, plus one of more costly menus and service, the bill was still only £80 a head. You’d barely get a couple of sardines and a glass of house white at the River Café for that price. The food itself was very good indeed – I asked for a dish just of sashimi tuna, which did not exist on the menu (“no problem”), that was of the very highest standard (16/20 comfortably). Everything else was cooked on the steel teppanyaki grill, and we had excellent vegetables, scallops, prawns and beef. Rice was extremely good, as was the miso soup. Service was courteous and efficient.