With quite a few names under his belt including Social Eating House and Berner’s Tavern, Jason Atherton’s new opening Sosharu has been hot on the list on many Londoner’s diaries. Here’s our verdict…
What is it?
Sosharu takes on the form of izakaya-style dining – Japanese pub – and throws in beautiful presentation, (no gimmicks, we promise), while taking you on a journey through a selection of Japanese dishes and cooking methods. There’s a range of dishes that are perfect for sharing (as in the izakaya fashion), so you can try a bit of everything.
What to Try?
A bit of everything? Start off with the Bream Sashimi, shichimi and crispy potato – it’s so beautiful we didn’t know where to begin (other than to pause for a while as we instagrammed), but once we did we forgot about the presentation. Move on to the Open Temaki – a sophisticated and crunchy take on the hand-roll. Our only issue, that there was only one per portion. Next, try out the yaki and hibachi grill dishes or go for the Chashu pork belly, udon king oyster and ramen sauce. This was surprisingly light, allowing you to savour that pork.
What to Drink?
Head downstairs to 7 Tales, a bar that delivers cocktails with punch and plenty of nods to Japanese ingredients. The Nikkei Martinez with aged sake, mosto verde pisco, black salt and flowers; and the Cold Tea, Nikka Blended whisky, house ‘tea’ and toasted coconut, were hot favourites. But you can’t miss out on the vending machine twist on the Champagne Papi, with umeshu, sugar and banana. We won’t ruin the surprise.
The dessert line-up. There’s the Matcha Mille Crepe with Matcha Sorbet – trust us, this isn’t for sharing, as my friend declared. If you’re in the mood for a refreshing end to your meal try out the Rhubarb Kakigori, Hibiscus and Mochi, a Japanese shaved ice dessert – pour the hibiscus syrup over and you’ll be swooning once you reach the sweet, refreshing middle.
Fans of Japanese food looking for a treat (it isn’t cheap!). There’s a range of dishes to try and share, as well as fun takes on Japanese culture and trends. Hint: Check out the red-lit, manga-themed walls in 7 Tales, and the loos downstairs.
Sosharu | 64 Turnmill St, London EC1M 5RR
Dinner for two roughly £60 each, including drinks.