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October 2019: Sad news - Yen is to close in December.

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Summary

£98
 ££££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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.

Summary

£90
 ££££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“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”.

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Reviews of Yen Restaurant in WC2R, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Yen restaurant.
Neill A
It might be that a Monday night in February...
Reviewed 11 months, 20 days ago

"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. "

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Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£12.00 £29.00 £8.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £35.00
Filter Coffee £3.50
Extras  
Service 12.50%
190 Strand, 5 Arundel Street, London, WC2R 3DX
Opening hours
Monday12 pm-2:30 pm, 6 pm-10:30 pm
Tuesday12 pm-2:30 pm, 6 pm-10:30 pm
Wednesday12 pm-2:30 pm, 6 pm-10:30 pm
Thursday12 pm-2:30 pm, 6 pm-10:30 pm
Friday12 pm-2:30 pm, 6 pm-10:30 pm
Saturday12 pm-2:30 pm, 6 pm-10:30 pm
SundayCLOSED

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