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YASHIN SUSHI AND BAR

1A ARGYLL ROAD, KENSINGTON, London, United Kingdom, W8 7DB
Critics Review 14/20
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Opening Hours
Lunch 12pm – 3pm
(Last Order 2pm)
Dinner 6pm – 11pm
(Last Order 10pm)
Closed 1st Monday of every month

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About YASHIN SUSHI AND BAR

Yasuhiro MinenoHead chef and co-founder of Yashin

Chef Mineno is one of the most prominent sushi chefs in the UK, if not in Europe, and is respected by his colleagues for his outstanding knife skills. His career started in his late teens, initially as a kaiseki chef in Japan. Having grown up in Shizuoka, a prefecture in Japan renowned for its rich variety of seafood, fresh wasabi and flavoursome green teas, Mineno’s taste buds couldn’t have asked for a better start. It is no wonder why Mineno's passion in his mastery of sushi, lies in simply bringing out the stunning flavours of every ingredient without overpowering it.

Cuisine: Japanese
Dress Code: Smart Casual
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Critics Review
Review by Andy Hayler
14/20
Two sushi chefs, one from Yumi and the other from Nobu, have joined forces here. On the ground floor there is a sushi bar with around a dozen seats with one additional table, and also a bar and several tables downstairs (not used at lunch). Just sushi was served, ranging from five pieces of tuna for £15 up to fifteen pieces of sushi at £60. The two page wine list was mainly but not exclusively French. Marcel Deiss Pinot Blanc 2008 was listed at £33 for a wine that retails at around £14, St Aubin Marc Colin Premier Cru Montceau 2008 was £78 for a wine that costs around £18 in the shops, and Bonneau de Martay Corton Charlemagne 2003 was listed at £168 for a wine that you can pick up in the shops for around £78. Miso soup, served in an Englsh teacup, was a little lacking in flavour and not entirely hot (12/20) yet a simple salad was excellent. Very fresh mixed leaves and a nicely balanced citrus dressing would shame many grander restaurants (15/20 is probably too mean a score). I had the sushi selection for £30, consisting of eight pieces of sushi. The sushi here is briefly seared with a blowtorch just prior to serving, the idea being to release some sweetness. The sushi is not traditional, in that each piece is served with a little topping. For example bluefin tuna was served with both wasabi and a little ponzu jelly. Scallop was served with tomato salsa, squid with jalapeno, salmon with kosazu jelly, and otoro tuna with sake custard paste. The sushi itself was of good quality, and eel and cucumber roll was pleasant. Pickled ginger had robust flavour and appeared to be prepared here rather than bought in. Rice was a little below room temperature, when ideally it should be a little above room temperature (at least, this is how it is served in Japan). The fish was of good quality, from Atari Ya and also a supplier called SKY, but I did wonder whether the garnishes were a bit of a distraction. To be fair, it is impossible to get the dazzling quality of fish in the UK that can be obtained in Japan, and I understand how a little garnish can add an interesting dimension to a piece of sushi. Hence I think 14/20 is a fair score, even though this may not appeal to sushi purists. A citrus sorbet with a little fruit salad was less successful. The fruit salad was fine, but the sorbet had a peculiarly dense texture, and for me did not work (11/20). The waitress service was friendly and competent. The bill came to £43 for one, with just water to drink.
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Visited On Saturday, 26 April 2014

I have eaten in most of the top Japanese restaurants in London but Yashin was the most amazing experience i've had so far. I would highly recommend it!

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Visited On Saturday, 26 April 2014

So creative and tasty

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Visited On Saturday, 19 April 2014

A few more vegetarian choices is suggested

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Visited On Friday, 25 April 2014

I have been positively surprised that they have taken notice of my message left on the website when I booked, regarding my husbands birthday - they have surprised us with a special dessert for him

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Visited On Thursday, 17 April 2014

The decor is lovely and there was clearly a lot of thought put into, so it was a real shame that the ambience was let down by the corny music! Coldplay and George Michael covers on saxophone were funny but would've been nice to hear something more suited to the experience. Apart from that, loved it!

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Visited On Saturday, 19 April 2014

Me and my partner ate there for his birthday and as we hadn't eaten at a sushi restaurant before, were at a loss of what to order. The waitress quickly put us at ease and recommended an excellent sake and we made our menu choices based on the information she gave us. We could not fault the food or the service and were already discussing when we could come again shortly after leaving.

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Visited On Saturday, 19 April 2014

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Visited On Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Lovely food and not a bad deal at all if you visit for lunch. A great option near the office.

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Visited On Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Great Sushi, the staff where very attentive and knew the menu and where always happy to offer advice about the menu and choice of wine.

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Visited On Sunday, 13 April 2014

absolutely yummy

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Visited On Sunday, 13 April 2014

We booked a Sunday lunch slot for my daughters birthday and had a wonderful time. The food is sublime and the best sushi i have had, period. Its not the cheapest place to eat but given the quality its reasonable.

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Visited On Saturday, 12 April 2014

Good quality fish, well prepared.

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Visited On Friday, 11 April 2014

Best sushi in London

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Visited On Friday, 11 April 2014

Thought it was over priced although food and service were both great.

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Visited On Friday, 11 April 2014

We opted for the Omakase Eleven which as usual, did not disappoint. A tad on the pricy side of things but worth every penny.

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Visited On Wednesday, 09 April 2014

Best sushi in London.

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Visited On Tuesday, 08 April 2014

You're my favourite sushi in London. Your waiting staff had no knowledge of where the fish came from. It was over priced last night. Normally I think it's fair I was here in January. Last night seemed expensive. No sommelia tonight. £460 says we need a wine expert. Was very let down by your waiting staff and wine knowledge. Normally you're my favourite restaurant in all of London.

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Visited On Tuesday, 08 April 2014

It would be great if there was a bit more choice in the rolls.

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Visited On Sunday, 06 April 2014

Been here a couple of times now, every time it gets better!

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Visited On Friday, 04 April 2014

A good place for sushi in a restaurant with buzz and also, if you have the upstairs bar seats, you can watch the food being made. The wine list was also comprehensive.

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Visited On Friday, 04 April 2014

It'd be good if I am being informed that it'd be a shared table I'd be seated. It is quite unfortunate that I have had some really loud customers seated right next to us. I think atmosphere of a restaurant is very much driven by the quality of its clientele. While a restaurant does not have any idea of what the customers turning up will be, I think a restaurant that is positioned as sophisticated with such high price range would be creative about the situation when certain customers are being disturbed by other customers.

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Visited On Saturday, 05 April 2014

The best Japanese in London and one of my favorite restaurants full stop. On Saturday I went for dinner with a Japanese friend of mine and she was very very impressed Thank you

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Visited On Saturday, 05 April 2014

It was our 3rd time here. It is getting better and better. if you love sushi, it is the place to go.

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Visited On Friday, 04 April 2014

We love yashin sushi

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Visited On Wednesday, 02 April 2014

does it really have to be so expensive?

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