shadowdaddy and I decided to be brave and visit Misato, a Japanese restaurant in London's Chinatown (on the west end of Leicester square) that hit my key points of 1) Japanese 2) cheap and 3) huge portions, despite also hitting my triggers of 4) lines and 5) really scathing reviews. But I can't resist a cash-only dive restaurant, and shadowdaddy was there early enough to have shorter lines to deal with (and do the waiting for me), so we finally got to make it in on only our second go-round.
During our ten minute wait, we were handed menus to review. Soba and udon soups, a fair variety of sushi, and various rice-accompanied dishes seemed to be the order of the day. Sadly, there was NO beef teriyaki, though there was a tofu teri and some kind of other marinated beef-with-rice-side option. (We also discovered there was a £4.90 per person minimum, so shadowdaddy's plan of getting just two sushis and having half of my plate was foiled. He added a miso for £1 to fill in the difference.)
What can I say but that the chicken teriyaki was pure slop! It was coated in batter and then drowned in a sickly sweet sauce that was neither the thick brown Seattle goop nor the ultra-light, gingery Hawaiian stuff nor the thinner, less sugary Arizona style and not even the kind of teriyaki they made at the authentic Japanese restaurants I've been to. Basically, it was a less-tangy sweet and sour sauce, and the chicken was a bit gristly, and ... well, the lettuce side salad thing was nice and we did all get enough to eat, right?
In this case I must say you get what you pay for. Maybe the sushi is really good and that makes up for it, but, as for me, I'm heading back to Brixton to go to Ichiban, which is, as the name states, "number one" - only about £2 more per entree and a million times better.