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Jason Atherton’s planned foray into izakaya-style dining (incorporating also teppanyaki, and a robata grill) will need to work well to fill this big Clerkenwell site (formerly Turnmills nightclub, RIP).
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“One of the best places in London to sit at the counter and watch the chefs at work” is how fans see Jason Atherton’s izakaya-themed Japanese in Clerkenwell, whose formerly lacklustre ratings improved this year. It’s still an “almost, but not quite” for some reporters however, and in August 2017, Atherton announced he is looking to shift the concept to a new location (like Mayfair or Soho) in the coming months, acknowledging that it is not really working out in its original form.
So far, the wait hasn’t been worth it for the opening of Jason Atherton’s long-anticipated Japanese on the big Clerkenwell site that was Turnmills nightclub. Some fans do hail his “modern twist on izakaya food”, but even they can find it expensive, while to critics it’s “incredibly overpriced” given the “heavy-handed” cooking – “the chefs seem to have no understanding of Japanese cuisine and how to balance flavours”.
63 Clerkenwell Rd, London, EC1M 5NP
Mon - Thur 12pm-2.15pm; 5.30pm-10pm Fri & Sat 12pm-2.15pm; 5.30pm-10.30pm
Last orders: 10 pm, Fri & Sat 10.30 pm