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‘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”.
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”.
1a Argyll Rd, London, W8 7DB
|Monday||12 pm-2 pm, 6 pm-10 pm|
|Tuesday||12 pm-2 pm, 6 pm-10 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm-2 pm, 6 pm-10 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm-2 pm, 6 pm-10 pm|
|Friday||12 pm-2 pm, 6 pm-10 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm-2 pm, 6 pm-10 pm|
|Sunday||12 pm-2 pm, 6 pm-10 pm|