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survey result

Summary

£98
 ££££
3
Good
2
Average
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Backstreet sushi restaurant in High Street Kensington of high ambition which typically elicits high praise, but which curiously inspired practically no feedback this year. By contrast its South Kensington spin-off, which occupies a characterful landmark (formerly Brompton Library) is usually ignored, but inspired a number of reports, mostly adulatory regarding its “exceptionally good” (if pricey) cuisine: “the chef asked us if we wanted him to do something special, he did, and it was the best sushi we have ever had”.

Summary

£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.

‘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”.

Summary

£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.

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”.)

Summary

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

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).

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Restaurant details

Highchair, Portions
35

Prices

Tapas / Dim Sum

Main Pudding
£27.50 £8.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £50.00
Filter Coffee £2.00
Extras  
Service 12.50%
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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