64 Turnmill Street , London, EC1M 5RR

0203 8052 2304

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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.


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Farringdon Tube Station 268m

Farringdon Station 309m


Address: 64 Turnmill Street , London EC1M 5RR

Area: Clerkenwell Barbican

Opening times

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

Nearby Landmarks

London Metropolitan Archives 370m

Smithfield 434m


Telephone: 0203 8052 2304


Cuisine: Japanese


Food & Drink: 9.3

Service: 9.5

Atmosphere: 9.3

Value: 8.8

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Rebecca L. 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.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Stacy T. 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?

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Joanna G. 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.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Samantha E. bronze reviewer 12 September 2016

This was our second visit to Atheron's Japanese restaurant Sosharu. I loved it the first time and it was at least equally brilliant this time. We commenced our evening with a drink in the super cool basement bar. The red glow from lighting and the monochrome wallpaper all provide a great vibe for one of the best Bloody Mary's I have ever had. I would have happily sat there sinking those all evening but both my husband and I know that the food upstairs is amongst the best Japanese fare available in London. We wanted to order everything but instead, took advice from our super efficient waiter on the best gluten free options for me with my husband chose dishes he could inhale without sharing.... 'thanks...' that being said we did kick off with the ten piece sashimi sharing plate. for me personally, I didn't enjoy the lobster but everything else was divine! I followed this with some scallop tartare and my favourite salad in the world - the spring vegetable salad looks like an exquisite flower arrangement, almost too pretty to eat but the tomato miso dip will ensure even the most devoted artistic appreciator cannot resist dismantling the display. I generously allowed my husband a few veggies but was grateful he was enjoying his open temaki and squid tempura so much I didn't have to share too much. I followed up with another salad of smoked octopus and seaweed - Wow, wow.... WOW! There was no way I was sharing that dish. Thankfully my husband too busy to notice the look of love on my face as he was having his own moments of pleasure tucking into and his Charsu Pork Belly and the pale aubergine with crispy shallots and miso dish. I thought my second visit here might free me of my dedication to this place and allow me to revisit some of my other favourite restaurants in London but no, I would be back then tonight for a bloody mary, a spring vegetable salad and some lovely smoked octopus! Can't wait for my next visit! usual table please!