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‘Without soy sauce, but if you want to’, proclaims a neon sign behind the green-tiled counter – just one novel aspect of this superior Japanese eatery set up by two Nobu protégés, which serves some
of the best sushi in town. Although there are tables downstairs, most aficionados perch at the bar and watch as the chefs apply their razor-sharp skills to pieces of ultra-fresh yellowtail, salmon,
tuna, razor clams etc. Come here for fiercely modern sushi, sashimi and hot dishes defined by clean accents and flashy technique – witness scallops seared with a blowtorch on a lump of polished
wood from a fossilised tree trunk. Elsewhere, pure-bred Ibérico pork is served with green chilli, savoury barbecued eel is enhanced with the sweetness of mango and pineapple, and lamb is marinated
in saikyo miso. It’s far from cheap and service can be erratic, but most people soon ‘sink into the flow’.
I have been looking for a good spot for sushi since we moved to London a year ago and it was just under our nose. Yashin Sushi London was recommended to me by my friend David as soon as we moved but he mentioned it was very pricey so we have been saving it for a good date night. After many attempt at other sushi spots around time and in a week I was having a massive sushi craving we finally decided it was time to try it.Silly me booked a table versus the counter thinking it would be more romantic – big mistake and we realized it as soon as we walked it and saw all the action happening at the counter and were directed to our table, downstairs in a dark area full of families (nothing against it) and larger groups...
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Here is yet another review of a Japanese restaurant. This time it goes all the way to High Street Kensington area where Yashin Sushi, a small sushi restaurant, is hiding in one of the side streets. As you would expect from the area the restaurant is maturely decorated in a simplistic way with a few extravagant details. The space is quite small with the main sitting area surrounding the chef counter. There is a small room downstairs with a bar for bigger parties where you will also find the wine/sake storage tucked away in a small space next to the bathrooms.We sat at the far end of the counter in front of the prep section (I think). The menu is quite straight forward with a selection of mixed dishes to complement the sushi offering. I went for Omakase Eleven which was a selection of eleven pieces of nigiri and a maki roll of the day. Together we shared the Wagyu Beef Sirloin and Yaki Yose Tofu...
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