Harden's survey result
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This modern Japanese in Kensington inspired only a few reports this year: all of them, though, were highly complimentary regarding its ambitious cuisine. (Its lesser-known ‘Ocean’ branch, on the Old Brompton Road, continues to inspire thin but more feedback to the effect that “prices are nuts, there’s no real atmosphere, and the whole set-up is a bit weird”.)
This pioneering modern Japanese haunt in Kensington ranks “among the best sushi in London”, but scores have taken a tumble in the past year. For some critics, “delicious food” is balanced by “diabolical service: incompetent and snooty”. Others complain that it is “overpriced” and “overrated”. (Very limited feedback on its lesser-known ‘Ocean’ branch, on the Old Brompton Road).
“Do sit at the bar” – “watch the chefs carefully seasoning or searing the fish” – if you visit this “pricey” Kensington venture; the result is “outstanding modern sushi and sashimi”, amongst London’s best, with “wonderful and innovative mixes of flavours”; NB the basement can feel a bit “dead”.
With its “superb Japanese food” – “reserve a table upstairs (ground floor) to watch the dishes being expertly prepared” – this “top-notch”, Manhattan-esque Kensington operation is generally hailed as “worth the cost”, considerable as that is…
1a Argyll Rd, London, W8 7DB
Last orders: 10 pm