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Summary

‘Pre-seasoned sushi’ (you’re not supposed to add any extra soy sauce, so as to emphasise the taste of the fish) is a speciality at this stylish modern Japanese off High Street Kensington, which opened in 2010 with high ambitions. Despite its “unique” approach and high level of achievement – fans feel its outstanding sushi is “simply the best in town” – it maintains a strangely low profile. Ditto its ‘Ocean’ sibling on the Old Brompton Road (not listed), where such feedback as we have says its “expensive but good”.

£87
 ££££
4
Very Good
2
Average
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

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”.)

£86
 ££££
4
Very Good
3
Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

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).

£79
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3
Good
2
Average
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“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”.

£78
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5
Exceptional
3
Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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Restaurant details

Highchair, Portions
35
1a Argyll Rd, London, W8 7DB
Opening hours
Monday12 pm-2 pm, 6 pm-10 pm
Tuesday12 pm-2 pm, 6 pm-10 pm
Wednesday12 pm-2 pm, 6 pm-10 pm
Thursday12 pm-2 pm, 6 pm-10 pm
Friday12 pm-2 pm, 6 pm-10 pm
Saturday12 pm-2 pm, 6 pm-10 pm
Sunday12 pm-2 pm, 6 pm-10 pm

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