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The Institute of Light

4.4
4.4
38 Reviews
£25 and under
Japanese

Chef Fumio Tanga and his Sho Foo Doh team present unclassic Japanese snacks + Hiroshima style okonomiyaki five nights a week from Tuesday to Saturday.

“There are a few different okonomiyaki styles in different regions in Japan. The most popular and well-known one worldwide is the Osaka-style, which is a more doughy pancake where all the ingredients are mixed into the batter. Hiroshima-style on the other hand is more layered, starting with a thin crepe, loads of vitamin K boosting cabbages, beanshoots, pork belly, egg noodles and an omelette, with sauce, mayo, benishoga ginger and scallions on top.” Fumio Tanga

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Menu

Cocktails £9

  • Hi Fi Life

    Booker's gin, Gimlet spiced lemon cordial, soda, blackberries

    • Red Line

      Olmeca Altos tequila, house grenadine, sake, ginger beer

      • Spruce Moose

        Element 29 vodka, Climpson's espresso, mastika

        • Hiroshima Mon Amour

          Toti white rum, milk oolong, Gimlet lime cordial, shiso

          • Ohm Sweet Ohm

            58 gin, Campari, vermouth, cacao

            • Tipsy Ballerina

              Benedictine, rye whisky, pineapple, lemon, whites

              • Dr. Bunsen

                Great King Street whisky, baked apple, walnut bitters

                • Institute Cup

                  Seasonal Gimlet fruit cordial, prosecco

                  House Shooter £4

                  • Showtune

                    Infused shochu

                    Non-Alcoholic £5

                    • Lemon Fizz

                      Gimlet spiced Lemon cordial, soda, blackberries, soda, fresh mint

                      • Lean Machine

                        House grenadine, ginger beer, lime, cayenne pepper

                        Wine

                          Sparkling / Sake

                          • Prosseco, Artigianale, Glera, Italy

                            • 125ml£6.00
                            • 750ml£30.00
                          • Hakushika, Sake, Japan

                            • 125ml£4.50

                          White

                          • "Poivre D'Ane", VDF, Mas Des Agrunelles, Grenache, France 2015

                            biodynamic

                            • 125ml£4.50
                            • 500ml£18.00
                            • 750ml£25.00

                          Rosé

                          • La Cascade Rosé, Domaine Fontainebleau, Vermentino, France 2015

                            biodynamic

                            Orange

                            • "L'Orange", Courbissac Minervois, Marsanne, France 2016

                              • 125ml£7.50
                              • 750ml£44.00

                            Red

                            • "Poivre D'Ane", VDF, Mas Des Agrunelles, Syrah, France 201

                              biodynamic

                              • 125ml£4.50
                              • 500ml£18.00
                              • 750ml£25.00

                            Beer & Cider

                              Draught

                              • Five Points Pilsner Lager (4.8%)

                                • 1/2£3.00
                                • Pint£5.50
                              • Five Points Pale Ale (4.4%)

                                • 1/2£3.00
                                • Pint£5.50
                              • Orchard Thieves Cider (4.5%)

                                • 1/2£3.00
                                • Pint£5.50

                              Bottles

                              • Asahi Super Dry (5.2%)

                                • 330ml£4.50
                              • Five Points London Porter (4.8%)

                                • 330ml£5.00

                              Spirits

                              • House Single (25ml) + Mixer (0.5)£4.50

                                • House Double (50ml) + Mixer (0.5)£6.50

                                  • Premium Single (25ml) + Mixer (0.5)£5.50

                                    • Premium Double (50ml) + Mixer (0.5)£7.50

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                                      What 38 people are saying

                                      Overall ratings and reviews

                                      4.4
                                      4.4 based on all time ratings
                                      • 4.3Food
                                      • 4.4Service
                                      • 4.3Ambience
                                      • 4.2Value

                                      NoiseModerate

                                      87% of people would recommend it to a friend

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                                      1. EK

                                        EaterKS

                                        London

                                        1 review

                                        3.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on February 16, 2019

                                        overall3food1service2ambience4

                                        OK if you like student food. Great music and fun atmosphere.

                                      2. NW

                                        NicoleW

                                        San Francisco

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on February 16, 2019

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Delicious food and a lovely atmosphere! Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a nice evening with good food and cocktails.

                                      3. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        London

                                        4 reviews

                                        4.0

                                        4 reviews

                                        Dined on February 14, 2019

                                        overall4food5service3ambience3

                                        Valentines date - food was enjoyable.

                                      4. LW

                                        LouiseW

                                        London

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on January 23, 2019

                                        overall5food4service3ambience5

                                        It's a glamorous bar. The okonomiyaki are delicious. The DJ'd music is pretty good.

                                      5. CK

                                        ChrisK

                                        London

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on December 7, 2018

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Food and surroundings were great, would highly recommend

                                      6. MG

                                        MikhailG

                                        London

                                        3 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        3 reviews

                                        Dined on December 5, 2018

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Okonomiyaki was pretty great, also good value with the special offer.

                                      7. AT

                                        AnnaT

                                        London

                                        4 reviews

                                        4.0

                                        4 reviews

                                        Dined on November 21, 2018

                                        overall4food5service3ambience4

                                        Super tasty and interesting Japanese food. Glad that Shu Foh Doo has found a new kitchen!

                                      8. KC

                                        KCCC

                                        London

                                        9 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        9 reviews

                                        Dined on November 17, 2018

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Top setting and food to match, pork and chicken wings starters were the two highlights, and the deep fried oysters. (Not forgetting the okonomiyaki of course) Music was ace too, all in all think this spot has got it bang on. Highly recommended.

                                      9. LR

                                        LRs145

                                        London

                                        1 review

                                        2.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on November 16, 2018

                                        overall2food2service2ambience3

                                        Really cool venue with great tunes but let down by poor food and inattentive service. Music was also quite loud... Am I getting old, or was it really just a bit too loud... Thankfully they were really good beats so didn't mind too much

                                      10. c

                                        christopherl

                                        London

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on November 7, 2018

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        obscure back street location only adds to the surprise inside. excellent music, sound, food, service & ambience.

                                      11. F

                                        Foodie1

                                        London

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on November 1, 2018

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Loved the vegan japanese food, an amazing bar! Highly reccomend to anyone

                                      12. K

                                        Kaybar007

                                        London

                                        35 reviews

                                        vip
                                        4.0

                                        35 reviews

                                        Dined on October 19, 2018

                                        overall4food3service3ambience4

                                        Early days but so far, so good. The vegan platter and the chicken wings were delicious. The onomiyaki wasn't quite as good as I've had in Japan - it's a regional style so there's more cabbage and a thin crepe at the bottom rather than the rice flour version. It's OK but maybe an acquired taste. Three of us couldn't finish any of them, so unless you're ravenous skip the wings and platter and just order an onomiyaki if you're curious. Wine list was very limited (one offering of red, white, orange and a rose) and the beer we wanted was off (which is odd as the Five Points distribution centre is walking distance). The cocktail I ordered was delicious though, and nice to have a BBE DJ playing tunes.

                                      13. SR

                                        SimonR

                                        London

                                        109 reviews

                                        vip
                                        1.0

                                        109 reviews

                                        Dined on April 21, 2018

                                        overall1food1service1ambience1

                                        When we arrived it was not clear who or where we had to check in. We were ignored by staff so we walked out. Huge queue for the bar so we could not ask there.

                                      14. JW

                                        JackWorthing

                                        London

                                        10 reviews

                                        3.0

                                        10 reviews

                                        Dined on March 30, 2018

                                        overall3food3service3ambience3

                                        We were greatly looking forward to out visit as the the kitchen is currently being taken over by Zoe Adjonyoh. However, whilst the food that we had was ok, we felt it was massively over priced. Some of the dishes were great value like the whole baked Tilapia but then the dish if meat balls was tiny. 5 little balls of meat each no bigger than an olive and luke warm. again three skewers of tiny meat strips for nearly a tenner was not sufficient to impress. All in all the food was ok but the execution wasn't great and was not enough to get me to rush back anytime soon.

                                      15. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        London

                                        2 reviews

                                        vip
                                        2.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on September 16, 2017

                                        overall2food1service5ambience2

                                        I've been for dinner few times at this restaurant and I've been really happy. Service was very good and the food was amazing, however my experience at Saturday lunch has been very bad. The restaurant was extremely cold and even though in the whole restaurant there were just my friend and I, service took long to come just to us some menus. After that we felt like we've been pushed to make a decision very quickly. The food arrived half cold and the other half took not long to become cold thanks to the very low temperature there was in there. I ate as quick as I could and left without enjoying what could have been a nice lunch. I will definitely try to go there again for dinner hoping it will still be same service/quality they used to have, but I wouldn't recommend anyone to go there for lunch or at least not on a Saturday lunch.

                                      16. K

                                        Kaybar007

                                        London

                                        35 reviews

                                        vip
                                        4.0

                                        35 reviews

                                        Dined on August 16, 2017

                                        overall4food4service4ambience4

                                        Current food residence is BBQ - the pork bun was delicious, really good salad and smoked chicken wings. Sadly the fries were off the night we went and the corn wasn't anything special. Pals ordered the lamb "gyros" which was like a slab of lamb meatloaf in a bun, they said is was OK but wasn't as good as the pork. Great service and really good atmosphere. Short wine list and 5 Points beer on tap.

                                      17. NH

                                        No1Home

                                        Washington DC

                                        2 reviews

                                        1.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on July 29, 2017

                                        overall1food1service1ambience1

                                        We weren't able to enjoy our reservation because the venue had a private event but hadn't blocked off the time slots. We had to find another space

                                      18. PB

                                        PaigeB

                                        New York Area

                                        31 reviews

                                        vip
                                        4.0

                                        31 reviews

                                        Dined on July 8, 2017

                                        overall4food4service4ambience5

                                        Really pleased with this cool, fun spot. Beautiful outdoor seating and really innovative small plates. It was a perfect Saturday night out.

                                      19. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        London

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on July 5, 2017

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Splendid in every sense. Booking, welcome and seating professionally handled. No rush to eat or drink, but orders nevertheless arrive promptly when bidden. Helpful, friendly and knowledgeable waiting staff. Adventurous seasonal menu prepared by a changing rota of specialist chefs, on this occasion showcasing the almost-unknown (in the UK) food of Muslim China, Hunan and Sezchuan -but throughout July, modern British/American barbecue. Good cocktail list, excellent Five Point beers on draught. The wine list is slowly showing improvement from when the venue first opened, but needs to be more varied and diverse, please! Plenty of dogs and children, too, all made welcome, exactly as they should be. And..unrestricted & plentiful parking immediately outside. And if you time your meal right, you can just fall into the luxury cinema sofas a few yards away to see a mix of new and classic quality movies without all the faff of travelling again, queuing etc etc.What more can you ask for?

                                      20. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        London

                                        2 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on June 30, 2017

                                        overall5food5service4ambience4

                                        Ate outside in the pop-up restaurant Dhaba - best food Ive eaten in a long shot - staff were lovely and really helpful .

                                      21. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        London

                                        5 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        5 reviews

                                        Dined on June 24, 2017

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        What a brilliant place. The whole experience was great. From wonderful northern indian food (a pop up visiting chef) to sitting on a sofa watching a movie under the arches. All topped off with fantastic staff. This place is a gem.

                                      22. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        London

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on June 23, 2017

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Food was amazing! Definitely recommend getting down to Dhaba pop up in the next week before it finishes!

                                      23. e

                                        elrafa

                                        London

                                        23 reviews

                                        2.0

                                        23 reviews

                                        Dined on May 19, 2017

                                        overall2food1service4ambience1

                                        I chose the place because I had known the chef from his HarleyDogs pop-up at Mother Kelly's and he had served a big group of guys burgers, which we all agreed where the best we ever had in London. What a disappointment! I should start by saying that we were 5 extremely drunk guys that went off menu and asked him for burgers there as well. I can only suggest that the paddies were from the freezer (again: off menu, so why keep them there fresh) because they were really tough. But the mutton tomahawks from the menu were also a disappointment. no meat on the bone, really. Ambience was weird. Not many people (and this was a Friday night), and the place looks like a canteen (it is the foyer for a cinema room, so that explains the slightly industrial look to it. Service was great, though, our waitress was patient and accepted us for what we were, (again) 5 extremely drunk (but not aggressive) city guys looking for a good burger. I hope our chef finds his way again and we can go back to that burger heaven from before.

                                      24. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        London

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on May 11, 2017

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Amazing! Literally nothing bad to say at all. Will definitely be returning again and again.

                                      25. M

                                        Minerva

                                        London

                                        9 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        9 reviews

                                        Dined on April 21, 2017

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        We visited the Institute of Light to see a movie (Mulholland Drive). Good food, great wine and all in all a lovely date night!

                                      26. c

                                        chad

                                        London

                                        17 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        17 reviews

                                        Dined on April 20, 2017

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Fantastic music! Great funny service! And fantastic food

                                      27. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        London

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on March 10, 2017

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Absolutely amazing venue. lovely concept, staff, food, wine and layout. Cannot wait to go back. My new favourite cinema in London.

                                      28. KB

                                        KatyB43

                                        London

                                        38 reviews

                                        vip
                                        3.0

                                        38 reviews

                                        Dined on November 18, 2016

                                        overall3food2service3ambience2

                                        During a cold evening I strongly advise you do not request the table directly by the entrance. It is a very wide double glass door timber surround with a huge opening which is frequently left open by unassuming guests. Stunnng during the Summer but an absolute no-no during colder weather. We had to seriously request turning up the heating twice before a rather reluctant waiter pointed a blow heating at our space..... not impressed. Veg fritters as a starter were fine, nothing to write home about.... moorish chicken as a main was okay.... 'am over it, the quality was nowhere near to the reviews I read.... 5.5/10 max.....

                                      29. K

                                        Kate

                                        London

                                        91 reviews

                                        4.0

                                        91 reviews

                                        Dined on November 5, 2016

                                        overall4food5service5ambience4

                                        I didn't know that The Institute of Light had opened in the area but wanted to try somewhere different and was attracted by the number of gluten free options on the menu. I wasn't disappointed. We were greeted by a very friendly host on arrival and the great service continued throughout. The food was delicious and it was great to see malfatti on the menu - something I haven't had since I was in Italy! The only thing that wasn't ideal was the price of the bottle of Prosecco which was more than expected (it wasn't priced by the bottle on the menu) however it was very nice Prosecco.

                                      30. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        London

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on November 4, 2016

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Great find. Lovely food and drink and friendly service. We had small plates which were just right for a pre-gig dinner. Will definitely go again and leave a bigger tip this time :) They also have a cinema!

                                      31. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        London

                                        2 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on October 23, 2016

                                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                                        Helio's Cantina is a must visit. Such incredible food at excellent value. Really relaxed atmosphere allows the food to shine.

                                      32. M

                                        Muffin

                                        London

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on October 22, 2016

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        friendly, welcoming and attentive service with a personal touch. delicious food and very well-priced wine list. great for dinner before catching a movie there.

                                      33. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        London

                                        29 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        29 reviews

                                        Dined on October 15, 2016

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Great food, fairly priced, excellent portions, good succinct wine selection, and fantastic service from the Brazilian waitress

                                      34. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        London

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on October 9, 2016

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Great space and great concept! relaxed and very enjoyable!

                                      35. H

                                        Hardtopkease

                                        London

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on October 9, 2016

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        What can I say! We were a party of 4 looking for somewhere a little different to eat and I have to say what a great surprise it was!!! The food was wonderful offering a very varied menu but the taste was out of this world. The service was just as wonderful smiling staff and very attentive. I had the basil snatch cocktail which was to die for . I could have drunk them all evening. Little did we know that this beautiful little place tucked away under the railway arches in Hackney also boasted a cinema, bookshop and record store. We thoroughly recommend this place and I'm already considering holding my 40th there as they apparently hire out for private parties. Thanks again for making us feel very welcomed!!!!

                                      36. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        London

                                        5 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        5 reviews

                                        Dined on October 7, 2016

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        There was a bit of confusion on our visit. We made the reservation just the day before, and Opentable was advertising a Brazilian pop-up restaurant "Rio Boteco". When we arrived at the venue we were told that the pop-up had finished the previous month! Nevertheless we decided to stay and order from the regular "Helio's Cantina" menu. We were not disappointed as the food, service and atmosphere were all excellent.

                                      37. G

                                        Gerry

                                        London

                                        2 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on September 23, 2016

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Ultra-cool venue in an area fast-becoming the most fashionable in London.

                                      38. S

                                        Szzy

                                        London

                                        1 review

                                        4.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on September 16, 2016

                                        overall4food5service5ambience4

                                        The food was delicious and the staff were extremely friendly and accommodating.

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                                      The Institute of Light is rated 4.4 stars by 38 OpenTable diners

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