Sosharu

64 Turnmill Street , London, EC1M 5RR

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0203 8052 2304

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Sosharu Japanese restaurant city chef Jason Atherton
Sosharu London Japanese Jason Atherton
Sosharu Japanese restaurant city chef Jason Atherton
Sosharu London Japanese restaurant Jason Atherton City
Sosharu London Japanese restaurant Jason Atherton City
Sosharu London Japanese restaurant

SquareMeal Review of Sosharu

Sosharu closed permanently on 3 August 2018. The restaurant plans to reopen at a different location in late 2018.

Sydney, New York, Hong Kong… Jason Atherton’s restaurant empire now traverses the globe, but you won’t need to travel far to experience his culinary homage to Japan. Although it’s based on a humble booze-fuelled izakaya joint, Sosharu is an expansive, cool, urban space with clever use of blond-wood slats, an open kitchen and space-age loos. Expect an array of small plates, lovely bowls and boards loaded with “incredible food” – the Japanese flavours “really hit the high notes here”, notes one fan. The sashimi is as good as you’ll find anywhere, while temaki rolls such as a salmon with spiced cabbage and tosazu jelly will leave you pining for more. The hibachi grill turns out gloriously seared scallops (served with rice porridge and citrusy soy) as well as Wagyu rib-eye with a zingy price tag, while a ‘classic’ section includes tonkatsu pork. Just add lunchtime bento boxes, “stunning” sakés, a 10-seater ‘inner chef’s table’ called Kisetsu, and the seriously cool 7 Tales bar downstairs. Service is “refreshingly unpretentious”, but “absolutely on point” – an Atherton trademark.

Sosharu Location

64 Turnmill Street , London EC1M 5RR

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0203 8052 2304

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Opening times

Mon-Sat 12N-2.15pm 5.30-10pm (Fri-Sat -10.30pm)

Sosharu's Reviews

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Food & Drink: 9.3

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Service: 9.5

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Atmosphere: 9.3

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Value: 8.8

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Food + drink: 4

Service: 5

Atmosphere: 5

Value: 4

Gold Reviewer
06 February 2018

Don’t get me wrong – the food here is fabulous. Authentic but innovative, tasty and pretty as a picture. Plus the service is what you’d expect from a Jason Atherton restaurant. But the real highlight is the stunning décor and surroundings of the main restaurant and the intimate and fun bar downstairs. It’s worth going for the bar alone! My dining companion has visited Japan and said she felt like she was back there. A real treat.

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Food + drink: 5

Service: 5

Atmosphere: 5

Value: 5

01 December 2016

I took my mum here for a birthday treat and it was worth the price. We had amazing service, food and wine. What more could you want?

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Food + drink: 4

Service: 4

Atmosphere: 4

Value: 4

Platinum Reviewer
05 October 2016

We were a little early for our dinner booking on Friday so were escorted to the bar downstairs for a pre-dinner drink and opted for a glass of wine as we had already had a cocktail elsewhere, plus some wagyu beef salami to accompany it – it was delicious with just the right amount of juicy fat throughout, served on a little wooden board with chopsticks. We spent a happy half hour at the bar listening to Edouardos’ (bartender extraordinaire) food recommendations – thank you! We shared the Bream sashimi with crispy potato (pretty good but I thought needed a good hit of citrus/yuzu), Tuna, scallion, sushi rice and spiced mayonnaise open temaki (excellent quality tuna that melted away, all wrapped up in a crispy shell, divine), Prawn and sweetcorn tempura – (this came as a “tower”, the tempura could have been lighter, it was a bit heavy and greasy and again seemed to lack any flavour other than fried batter), Chicken Karaage (really tasty), and Miyazaki wagyu tataki, turnip & radish kinpira, roasted kale (every mouthful a delight). Our table was just in front of the pass, so we got to see lots of kitchen action, however, our table seemed to be one of the few that didn’t have a light overhead, so I had to tilt the candle over the menu to read it, which I find irritating (mostly because it highlights my advancing age and poor eyesight), the décor and layout reminded me of Hakkasan, where I had a similar issue. Service was efficient but nowhere near as convivial as in the bar downstairs. In summary, I’m pleased we ate here, but I’m not sure I would go out of my way to re-visit – a shame, because I am a fan of all of the Atherton restaurants in London, this was my first “mixed” review.

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