Taro, the Japanese restaurant group, has opened its made its first step outside London with its seventh site in Brentwood as well as its eighth site in Catford.

Taro is a ‘TaishuShokudo’ in Japanese, meaning ‘an everyday dining room in Japan’.

The group was founded by Mr. Taro who visited London for the first time in 1979 and dreamt of making Japanese food popular by bringing authentic Japanese cuisine and culture to the city of London.

In 1999, Mr Taro opened the very first Taro restaurant on Brewer Street with a mission to serve authentic Japanese food and now has plans to expand throughout London and the UK.

Mr Taro said; “I’m thrilled to add two further sites to our portfolio this summer with the opening of Catford, South East London, and our first opening outside of London in Brentwood Essex. It’s wonderful to be able to reach new diners outside of central London who share my passion for authentic homemade Japanese food.”

The restaurants will serve small plates, including gyoza, takoyoki, sushi, sashimi and salads, as well as ramen, udon noodles, rice dishes, and bento boxes.

Taro Catford will be serving bottled cocktails from local Catford business - Bottle, produced in South London, in small batches and natural ingredients.

Taro Brentwood will have the special dishes exclusive to the restaurant, TanTan Ramen - a Japanese take on the famous sichuan noodle dish.