Yen Restaurant

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Japanese
Please be advised that there will be no Soba noodles available till further notice. We apologise for the inconvenience. 現在、蕎麦の供給が間に合わず、生憎提供する事がかないません。 蕎麦の提供が可能になりましたら、ウェブサイトにてお知らせいたします。 大変ご迷惑をおかけ致します。 Yen is a fine-dining Japanese restaurant specialising in hand-made Soba (buckwheat) noodles, prepared fresh before every service, served along sushi, sashimi, tempura, robata and other traditional Japanese dishes. Located within the new luxurious development of 190 Strand, the restaurant hosts a cocktail bar in the mezzanine area with outside seating, has an open kitchen and a sushi counter, and a private room within the main restaurant. Soba noodles are prepared daily in the main restaurant inside the Soba room, where our highly skilled chefs will knead the dough and cut it fresh for each service.

Special Offers

3 courses & glass of sake £39

...from a set menu, vegetarian option available

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 2 - 8 people

Starts: 5 July 2019

Ends: 30 November 2019

Availability: Mon-Thu 12:00-14:00 18:00-21:30

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Mon - Sat 12:00PM - 2:00PM 6:00PM - 9:30PM

What 163 People Are Saying
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Atlanta
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sashimi quality was really high.
I just wish they had had Soba.

SJ
London
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Tremendous restaurant with exquisite food. We sat at the bar and could see the care and attention with which each plate was created. We will absolutely be coming back.

OT
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice service. Delicious food. Excellent experience.

NN
London
9 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food from start to finish. We sat at the Sushi counter, which was lovely. Service a bit hit and miss - efficient yet lacking a little friendliness and warmth. Not a cheap meal but worth it regardless for the outstanding presentation, quality and taste of the food. We will return

j
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

A couple of drinks were forgotten but the food was really fantastic

CA
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Appalling. Worst restaurant experience we have ever had in London. After 2 hours we were driven to speak to the management. It was a Fawlty Towers experience of service. We expected it would be expensive but we thought the food might be good. It wasn’t. Very ordinary. Sushi portions very small. Tempura was cold and gluggy. The black cod was half decent but also cold. The wagyu beef was tasteless and covered in overly sweet miso. The matri’ de did apologise in the end and claimed it was an “off night”. For these prices they can’t afford an off night. Also when we used the wash rooms as we left, the door handle literally came off. Summed up the whole experience. Save yourself the trouble and expense and give this restaurant a wide steer.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We spent more than 640pounds and the foods and service are perfect

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

tofu is very good. never eat this kind of tofu before.

y
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It was quite and very kind services.
Sake with Sashimi is fabulous :) also Sushi was great !

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always my favorite

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yen truly does everything well! The ambience is elegant and snazzy without being too overwhelming, and our server Lukazs was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the food. We were pleasantly surprised at the sushi - it was a bit expensive but truly excellent, everything was fresh and full of flavor. Couldn't recommend the unagi sharing bowl and the ryuku breeze cocktail enough either! Yen is definitely more expensive but is the perfect date night location, and the quality of the food is so much better than any 'trendy' Japanese restaurant. I look forward to my next visit!

J
London
5 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely venue, beautiful delicious sushi, eggplant, miso cod and nashi pear cocktail.

JM
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome food. And excellent friendly service. Tofu, sushi sashimi all great. Want to try udon but not doing right now. Back in fall

J
London
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Very disappointed with the food
The restaurant was empty and it was still poor
Should have left as there must be a reason it was empty on a Saturday evening
I’m just taken aback at how poor the food was !!!
Supposed to be fine dining
Can’t get my evening back and wasted our anniversary there !

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The food and menu are exceptional in their lack of inspiration. The food quality was mediocre but the absolute worst aspect of the evening was the presence of rodents scurrying around the restaurant. While Ratatouille was a delightfully entertaining film, in real life mice underfoot in a restaurant is less than comforting, not to mention the serious health and hygiene concerns the issue raises. Until their pest control abate, it would be advisable to avoid this establishment.

N
London
9 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Soba was not available, while website shows Its in the dinner menu :( we came for the soba... anyway food was good as usual

K
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly authentic Japanese cuisine. Combination of fresh ingredients and highly skilled sushi chef creates amazing food. My old friend from Japan was very impressed saying that foods are even better than Tokyo’s. Chef at sushi counter is very friendly and polite. Staff has good knowledge about menus and Japanese sake. Very very satisfied.

SY
London
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was fantastic! Literally good. I had sushi too much..

L
London
14 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The quality of ingredients used was excellent, some of the freshest fish I have had at a Japanese restaurant in London. Sake selection was great. Shame there is no soba noodles currently as that was great the last time I had it here.

LS
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 4

While we craved a fine sushi place on the final eve of our holiday, we were extremely disappointed with the portions, limited menu, and the cost for what we paid for. Essentially, we left Yen hungry and I was alarmed how much it cost for such disappointment.

OT
Dubai
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

There was a mouse in the restaurant, and the staff tried to hide it.

EA
London
6 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

It was sad that there’s no Soba and soba master at the restaurant until further notice. The vegetable steamed rice was a little bit salty, that was a second disappointment. However other dish was excellent and I enjoyed it.

CT
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food - had the chefs specials and they were out of this world. Deep fried courgette flowers, beef grilled at the table on a magnolia leaf ... delicious 😋 A high quality Japanese restaurant, not cheap but you get what you pay for - first class cuisine!

i
London
4 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Food taste well and sashimi is fresh. However, we went for Soba but were told there wasn't a chef available to make it. It doesn't affect the overall experience to me.

D
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Portions were too small for what they charge! Pity.

AB
London
26 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Restaurant is somewhat hidden away in a bland office block. There is seating outside which is lovely for a pre-dinner Side-Car or two. Once inside we say at the sushi bar and enjoyed wonderful Tuna, Sea Urchin and other sushi. Outstanding. Black cod excellent. I could not fault the food. Not cheap, but a lovely dinner. Quiet on a Friday evening.

J
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

TOP PLACE LIKE IN THERE PARIS RESTAURANT. FRESH, NICE PRESENTATION. THE PLACE DECORATION ALSO IS WONDERFULL

LD
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Terrible service when there were only two tables and more staff than customers. Only two of us dining and got my main 10 mins before my friends, and 15 mins later no rice with vegetables.. and had to cancel it so we could eat our now cold food. Very bizarre response and service. £85 for sharing tempura (4 prawns) and two small mains of lamb and cod with one soft drink. Also had the cheek to add on gratuity. Would definitely not recommend unless you enjoy spending big money on having a terrible experience and service. The sommelier was nice.

D
London
7 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It’ s spacious and comfortable. However, food is just on the average side, service is OK. There are plenty of other choices.

A
London
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

One of the best restaurants I’ve ever been. The quality of the food is superb, great recommendations out of the daily menu are amazing. The restaurant has a beautiful decoration and the service is up to the expectations. Highly recommended.

SR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We were 20 mins late as our train was 2.5hours delayed whilst in transit. We arrived at Yen in our day wear due to us being stuck on the train so we didn’t have time to change and freshen up. However, we knew we looked a mess but as soon as we arrived, we were made to feel welcome as soon as we entered. We were here for a celebratory meal. Food was fantastic and the wine was just as good. Very reasonable prices for such good quality food and drinks.
The only small point was reminding the staff of our wine. If the bottle was on our table we would have poured it ourselves no problem but it wasn’t and we had emptied glasses. As I said, this was just a small point but something that otherwise would have given us a flawless service. Thank you!!

KN
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great great great food, service was on point. One of the best best restaurant in London when you are carving 100/100 Japanese cuisine. Literally everything we had was a surprise. Outstanding.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great sushi experience, traditional flavors set in a modern ambience. Also try their handmade soba!

JA
London
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

We went to Yen specially for the Soba but when we arrived we were told that the chef wasn't in the country and there was no Soba on the menu.

Then despite telling the front of house one of the party was vegetarian we were served a dish with fish stock. Whilst the guest knew instantly we had to ask 3 front of house and 3 chefs before we finally got an answer that it did indeed contain fish stock. It was quite frankly ridiculous that none of the staff knew what was in the dishes and that we were highly recommended this dish in the first place (if this had been an allergen it could have been even worse).

A hugely disappointing experience all around and not what I would expect at this price point

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fantastic Dinner Experience on a quiet evening. Very high quality Sushi and Sashimi. Very finely balanced marinade for the Black Cod. Good service all evening. It was an experience to see the chefs at work. We will come back!

a
London
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great find - a buzzy space serving fresh and beautifully-presented fusion food. Service very attentive at first but drifted halfway through the evening. Not cheap but reasonable value for money by central London standards.

I
London
5 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dining experience at Yen. The attention to detail was not only in the food but in the service too. The soba and the sushi were equally absolutely delicious.

Y
London
1 review
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

yummy, authentic japanese food. was not able to try and soba, so will go back again. went on a monday, very empty (maybe bc there was no soba, so rmb to check before you go!)

RD
London
14 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

I thought the quality of the food was great! The Soba and the Rice pot were delicious. Alo the Home made Tofu! I didn't actually have any of the mains so would go back to try those. I wouldn't really recommend for the sushi and sashimi as I didn't feel they were as strong as the rest of the menu. I love the decor and architecture. I thought the staff were great and friendly. Service out of the kitchen was a little slow and there isn't that much of a vibe but it did feel very Japanese!

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always.

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