Yen Restaurant

4.5
102 reviews
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£41 and over
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Japanese
Top tags:
  • Authentic
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese, Sushi, Soba
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Hours of Operation
Tue–Sat 08:00–22:30
Lunch
Tue–Sat 12:00–14:30
Dinner
Mon–Sat 18:00–22:30
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Phone number
020 3915 6976
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Public Transit
Temple Underground Station is only a few minutes walk away.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wine
What 102 People Are Saying
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DL
London
47 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly outstanding Japanese cuisine, with a remarkable wine & sake list, excellent service and lovely ambience.

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a
London
14 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch with the family. Being from Japan we enjoyed the genuine taste as well as the more modern takes using the seasonal ingredients from uk and europe. Great space, friendly and pro staff on top of that.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing deal

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n
London
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pleased with everything I like bamboo restaurants, the way they change your plates beautiful plate decorations definitely i will go again

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 2

Way too expensive for what ypu get

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten in many sushi restaurants in London and I would say this is the best yet . Quality , authenticity and attentive service made it a winner for us. Try it out !

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OT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had excellent time during our family dinner at Yen

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Disappointing client dinner. The waitress at one point walked away from our table muttering “rude” clearly aimed at us and I can assure you her comments were unfounded. What would have been a very pleasant experience was totally ruined.

The manager apologised and tried to make up by offering a lot of on the house drinks etc. Such a shame experience and food was actually good.

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LC
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Yen has a very good atmosphere. Friendly people and good food.
Like the starters and tempura.
Decent place for date.

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KL
London
19 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice open spaced out and comfortable seating. Food is great and authentic

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TS
Österreich
3 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Yen ever since my first visit and dine when I am in London.

Everything perfect, envience, staff, food and Japanese washlet.

I especially enjoy in-house produced soba, either hot or cold.

The best authentic Japanese restaurant at the moment.

I will go back again soon.

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TO
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 1

The food was great but the whole experience has been spoilt by the service which was disappointing. The welcoming is like that of a classy posh restaurant: they take care of your wardrobe, take you to the table, make you sit and place the towel elegantly. So the start is very promising. However after that good start it’s over with the quality of service. The room is very wide and cold, there’s a long wait for the food which can be expected but the way waiters behave is inconsistent. After taking orders you feel left alone. Waiters wander randomly and don’t pay attention anymore. Our waiter passed by and 3-4 times and kept saying our food was about to arrive but it was never the case which started to feel embarassing and awkward. A pity as the food is authentic and good.

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G
London
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

The decor and ambience is excellent, calming and modern. The food/drink is expensive (water £4.50 a bottle, two small pieces of cod £29) I would suggest you research the menu before arriving to ensure you choose wisely.

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f
London
14 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

High quality Japanese and related food, with exquisite service. The main restaurant space is spare and modern, and perhaps the ceiling is a bit too high for the intimacy the well-spaced tables would imply. It's possible to spend an awful lot of money here, but there are reasonably good-value options. Of the specials menu I had udon with mushrooms and poached egg, and a half fried-aubergine with an unexpected but very good cheese sauce; perfect chocolate fondant for dessert.

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MT
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This time we had soba(Japanese noodle), and it was very nice and real Japanese. Also desserts were interesting, Japanese taste. I definitely would return to try more dishes. Service was just good.

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AE
London
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Yen is an excellent Japanese restaurant and may be the only one in London which makes its own soba noodles. The rest of the japanese cuisine that we sampled was also excellent.

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R
London
18 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing - all the dishes, accept the black code (scores 8 out of 10) and miso salmon (2 out of 10). Throughly recommend for any occasion.

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BM
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The food did remind me of Japan, but feel overall not really value for money. Very small portions, rather overpriced and lacking ambiance. The restaurant was very empty and the bar was completely empty on a Saturday night!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Will def be back

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BT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal at Yen. They were lovely with our 6-year old and the food was outstanding. The homemade tofu and chargrilled chicken was a highlight for me. My husband and daughter loved the oysters, yellow-tail sushi and hot soba. We will visit again soon.

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M
London
5 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very delicious sushi and sashimi, high quality food. Attentive service. Recommended.

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FK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

Great Japanese Food; nice to watch the open kitchen

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Top quality dining experience. Service was friendly and efficient (sometimes too efficient) but not too intrusive.

Food quality was decent for a rLondon

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AD
London
6 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great quality hand made soba, and home made tofu here is amazing. Fantastic quality fresh seasonal sashimi, and sushi.

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A
London
5 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food. Ambience still remains a bit off, since it’s opening, especially at dinner where the restaurant just feels empty because of the layout and badly lit.

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w
London
11 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

The soba was supposed to be home made? it was horrible compared to what I had in Japan. The noodles were stuck together. I am just glad that 2 people didn't turn up otherwise would have costed even more. Ordered 2 sobas, the black cod and the home made tofu. None of them were good, hence very disappointed. The place is quiet though, cos not many people.

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e
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 5

really for a restaurant of this size and price range they should have way more gluten free options. The excuse of we imported this recipe from Japan is really weak.... I have had the good fortune of going to japan and at comparable places there I amazing meals... the waiter recommended I order the sashimi so I ordered chefs selection and was brought the most banal and widely available fish given how little I could order off the menu I would have at least expected something more interesting in the sashimi department. I will not be going back.

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SH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Everyone who worked there was super friendly and very accommodating. I love going to restaurants that has good services. It makes the experience so much better and much more pleasant - it makes me want to come back. The food was perfectly sized for 2 people (as I was there with one other friend) and the menu was just right, not too many options that made me confused and not too little, that made me wanting more. I love the alternative spins on what would have been traditionally served food

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MN
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

This was a great experience. It was expensive. Also the credit card machine didn’t work and resulted in my card being declined which was embarrassing. They called the next day to take my payment as it was their machines issue. Still embarrassing and in the US they would have compensated us in some way, but they didn’t.

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k
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food is great and soba lunch was delicious.
The soba is hand made and just the right amount with the rice and vegetable tendon
Dessert was tasty too.

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LS
London
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it all. The staff were super helpful. We sat at the sushi counter and the chef was really engaging and explained our meal to us with great interest. Our soba was late coming out and the chef gave us some complementary sashimi while we waited, which was a lovely touch as we hadn’t complained about the wait but they noticed themselves.

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H
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

I know well and like a lot the same restaurant Yen in Paris and i was very disappointed by the London one, too high ceiling, noisy and too much space not very cosy but not special design enough neither to justify the volume of the space.
Food was ok for the soba but so so for the main course (cod too much cooked) but globally the quality of dishes and great presentation there as usual with Yen.
Service typically London style not efficient and poor quality.
Location not that great a bit within a no mans land, close to Covent Garden but not close enough to make this place a spot to go.
Then conclusion: I may not go back there and I bet they will not last long except if they change dramatically.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is wonderful, and the food are delicious.

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IJ
London
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

The mood of restaurant was nice and the server was very kind!
However, the taste of food was not that delicious!
Anyway the restaurant was jus fine.

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AH
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful, authentic Japanese dining experience. The food was delicious and the service outstanding (thanks to our waiter Giuseppe).

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a fantastic experience for its distinctive food quality especially the sashimi, as well as the special taste of buckwheat soba. We will definitely come back for the sashimi!

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TS
Österreich
3 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my fourth visit and still one of my favourite restaurants in London. Especially the soba, out of the world. I also enjoyed deep fried oysters( with panko).

French clam sushi, aji sushi, and other dishes were very very good.

I look forward to my next visit.

I am a connoisseur Japanese man

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JS
London
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent authentic Japanese food. Particularly the Bento lunch - so much going on and finishes with the best soba in town.

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EW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fantastic soba noodles - the best in London! Sushi was also excellent with fresh fish, lukewarm vinaigrette rice, fresh wasabi or yuzu kosho seasoning. The seaweed from the seaweed and tofu salad was also fresh and had the crispy feel (none of the soft gooey stuff). Best sushi and cold soba by far in London.

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MW
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty, great value lunch in relaxing ambience. Went for a weekday lunch with a friend, we both got the 'Express Lunch' which was great value for money. Tasty cold soba, noodles had a good bite, followed by a tempura donburi. Tempura batter was crispy though sitting on the bed of rice meant some of it would lose crispy over the course of the meal. Finished off perfectly with a soy and caramel ice cream, a twist on salted caramel. The dining room is well designed and the decor fitting to the high ceilings which bring in a lot of light. Comfortable vibe which would be perfect for a casual lunch. Will be returning to try more of the menu, and perhaps for a dinner service to see if there is a different feel in the evening.

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