Until Yen opened on The Strand, London was missing a dedicated soba and sushi specialist. Yen specialises in buckwheat soba noodles, which are handmade on a twice-daily basis before service in a bespoke glass room at the centre of the restaurant. This signature ingredient is served either hot or cold with an umami-rich dashi broth and a variety of toppings including duck, scallops or tempura.
These sought-after noodles are made by highly trained chefs who have honed their skills under the Master of Soba, Mr Takahashi Kunihiro in Yamanashi, Japan. Head Sushi Chef Akinori Yasuda has more than 20 years experience working in some of Japan and London’s top sushi restaurants, including a position as Head Sushi Chef at Zuma for six years. And so it’s no surprise that the restaurant opened to critical acclaim last year.
The menu includes a substantial sushi selection, which is prepared to order in the open-plan kitchen, which features an elegant eight-seater sushi counter for guests who like to sit among the skilled chefs at work.
Main dishes largely centre around robata and tempura, including Yen’s signature courgette flower tempura; chargrilled black cod marinated in Saikyo miso; and Wagyu steak marinated in miso. The menu also includes Japanese rice pots, designed for sharing, which can be topped with either salmon, mixed mushrooms or eel.
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The question is: In which country did sushi originate?
Competition closes: 1st September 2018
The meal must be claimed in 2018