As you know I am a huge fan of Jason Atherton’s restaurants, so I swiftly jumped at the chance to sample his newest opening to continue his empire. This one is a little different for Jason as it’s Japanese food with British ingredients based in Clerkenwell, Sosharu.

The setting is very much Japanese themed, but keeping relaxed with no table clothes etc and lots of bamboo divides throughout the main restaurant room upstairs. The executive head chef is Alex Craciun, who’s spent the last year in Japan training especially for this opening.

As always the drinks offering has been given equal amounts of attention and they’ve hired Bar Manager Geoff Robinson who’s previously been at Happiness Forgets in Hoxton square and the Experimental Cocktail Club. When you head down to the toilets you’ll also find the separate bar, Seven Tails which offers a bar menu and drinks.

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Now onto the food, it’s predominantly based around small dishes to share and they suggest 3-4 for each person. As with all his restaurants the presentation is exquisite but here it feels extra special due to the flavours and taste combinations, very traditional Japanese but with a twist to it.

The assorted sashimi platter was first up and well worth it, between two you get 6 pieces. Two of tuna, two of sea bass and finally two of salmon. Beautiful.

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Next up and probably one of the highlights of the evening was the open temaki, crispy seaweed style tacos filled with in our case, one with salmon and another with tuna. So tasty, a must for when you go.

Next up were a couple of nibbles, the stuffed chicken wings which were pretty good but perhaps you could do without. Then you must get one of the tempura dishes, we went for the broccoli one and pretty sure there were shavings of parmesan throughout the light batter, lovely.

We then went for two larger dishes, the yummy chicken yakitori rice pot complete with runny egg mixed in as soon as it arrives. Our final savoury dish was the Chashu pork belly, udon king oyster and ramen sauce. Such tender meat in an incredibly flavoursome saucy noodles, heavenly.

Not quite complete we finished off with the white sesame, chocolate and soy caramel which came with a roasted banana. Clever dish and flavours complimented each other wonderfully.

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It was a lovely evening of great food, wine and company. Would highly recommend for those who like Jason’s work or similarly for anyone who just loves good food.

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