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In the soulless environs of Temple, it’s a surprise to discover this stark, stylish Japanese in a new development – the year-old spin-off from a well-established Parisian venture (and ultimately part of one of Japan’s largest fashion houses, Onward). The brand is “famed for their soba noodles which are created on-site, but the sushi and sashimi are also things of real beauty”. Reports are still limited, but such as we have remain ecstatic: “very difficult to fault, from the attentive, elegant service, to the mouthwatering food, to the stunning interiors (and Japanese toilets!)”. STOP PRESS: In summer 2019, the chef who makes the soba-noodles had to return to Paris. The date of his return is currently unknown, and – until he does – the trademark noodles are off the menu.
“Vast” and high-ceilinged newcomer, south of Aldwych, from the Japan-based fashion group Onward, whose stark styling (featuring lots of wood) is at odds with the more prosaic offerings typically found in the slightly featureless environs of Temple. On all accounts, its wide-ranging menu (sushi and sashimi, wagyu beef steaks, soba noodle dishes, tempura …) are “very good” and some would say exceptional: “my Japanese friends say this is London’s best authentic Japanese restaurant”.
Yen Restaurant Diner Reviews
"It might be that a Monday night in February is a bad time to judge, but the ambience and mood don’t match the power and space of the restaurant interior. We kept waiting for it to fill up , in vain. The food however was superb, and the menu enticing. The service was helpful but no better than any other expensive restaurant. "
|Wine per bottle||£35.00|
190 Strand, 5 Arundel Street, London, WC2R 3DX
|Monday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 6 pm-10:30 pm|
|Tuesday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 6 pm-10:30 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 6 pm-10:30 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 6 pm-10:30 pm|
|Friday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 6 pm-10:30 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 6 pm-10:30 pm|