What's for Lunch? ICN Gallery, Leonard Street

By tikichris Last edited 78 months ago
What's for Lunch? ICN Gallery, Leonard Street

Simple, to the point, tasty and cheap: a five quid bento box lunch with tagalong miso soup from ICN Gallery makes a lot of sense if you find yourself hungry and hanging around in the Shoreditch Triangle. And if you can spare a bit of time to check out what's up on the walls in ICN's gallery space, then so much the better.

ICN (International Creative Network) has been open on artily edgy Leonard Street for a little while now. It's a contemporary art gallery with an aim “to showcase and share with the UK public upcoming and young contemporary artists from Japan and other Asian countries.” The gallery has a low key but nonetheless stylish little cafe that makes for a comfy, friendly and economic option for lunch as well.

Offering “healthy, authentic home-cooked Japanese lunches” with plenty of vegetarian options and lots of varieties of green teas, it's good for a quickie or a more lingering midday session. Umami out with dishes such as harusame glass noodle salad, green beans in sesame paste and sautéed burdock root and be glad that the chicken teriyaki and karaage fried chicken are made with the tastier cuts of poultry.

ICN Gallery is located at 96-98 Leonard Street London EC2A 4RH. Visit the gallery's website for opening hours and exhibition info.

Photo/Chris Osburn

Last Updated 15 November 2011

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There is no price in your review or on the ICN website menu.


First line of review says "a five quid bento box lunch."

True about no prices on the gallery's website. Give 'em a call, send an email or poke your head in.
Tel: 020 7729 7977 ... info@icn-global.com

The £5 bento was pretty big and good value. It came with a freebie miso soup. I reckon everything there is around that price along with some cheaper, smaller snack options available too.

ICN gallery

Thank you for visiting our gallery & cafe. Glad you liked the food and atmosphere!

We are working on getting our latest menu & pricing up on our cafe's facebook page asap.


Oh sure, it was a really tasty meal. Thank you.

Drop us a line here when your update your Facebook page.


I just finished me lunch from here - I go regularly. The bentos are all £5 or £5.50 for a healthier yaki salmon one.  Having lived in Japan for several years, I can say that the food is authentic and good (although personally I'd like katsuobushi flakes on the salads and the skin left on my salmon, and koshihikari rice to be used ;) Definitely recommend you check it out.

Also, they have an awesome exhibition on at the moment.


Fi0na: Cheers for sharing your take on the cafe. I was thinking about the place a couple of days ago. I'm hoping to slide back in there soon.