Yen Restaurant

4.5
133 reviews
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Please be advised that there will be no Soba noodle available on below dates. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. 1 May - 9 Jun 5月1日から6月9日までは、蕎麦の供給が間に合わず、提供する事がかないません。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.
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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.

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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!!

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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.

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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!

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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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!)

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RD
London
13 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!

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

Excellent as always.

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AS
London
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

no quite sure, Yen in Paris is outstanding, where here the service was slow, our waitress together with the manager couldn't bring 3 starters at the same time.. overall it was so-so unfortunately

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D
London
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The soba and sobatsuyu is authentic and impressive. Both food and service are just Japanese style.The staff is not too casual and not too friendly, but he is polite and kind. Ambience is better than Paris.

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London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Excellent quality sushi.
Service can be inattentive at times.
You can find better value for similar quality elsewhere.
Overall would return.

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London
5 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

sea urchin is good and best. Cold soba is great and bring me back to Kyoto. Will come again!

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London
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Perfect brunch spot. Lunch set menu is good since you will be able to taste a lot of dishes. Portion is a little too much for a girl

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London
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

The service could not have been slower. We sat at 7.30 and and it was 9.20 all we had to eat at our table was a salad to be shared by four people. Deserts arrived at approximately 10.20! The only thing that came swiftly, and twice!, was the bill. Not a bargain at £347 for four people. We will not be visiting again....

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n
London
8 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

very quiet but absolutely delicious food and great service

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o
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Disappointing service and food was good but didn’t really meet our expectations. No atmosphere, ambiance is very flat and service doesn’t seem to be intuitive nor genuine.

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k
London
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

My friend and I had lunch box with the choice of Soba. Our main reason to visit this restaurant was to taste the soba but I was disappointed. I also felt that the high ceiling and a table we were given were not comfortable.

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JC
London
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely open space, open kitchen. Great service, authentic Japanese cuisine.

Great for families too as space for high chair/buggies.

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London
4 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food is overpriced and the waiting time for the food was really long.

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VS
London
6 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

The lunch menu is good value, but the restaurant lacks atmosphere. It was lunch time and only 3 or 4 tables were taken and its such a large space and at the same time it feels a bit cold.

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L
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was amazing.

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EG
London
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food is the best Japanese I have tasted in London.

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EL
London
4 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Pre theatre Royal Opera House. Terrible service Disgusting food awful awful awful

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I
London
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

I was very pleased. It was a proper traditional Japanese soba, indeed.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

This is really nice restaurant, service was very attentive and food good enough but unfortunately both of us had upset stomach straight after the meal.

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London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always my first choice of Japanese restaurant in Lodon. I am from Ishigaki and this can definitely heal my homesick

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y
London
4 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food is excellent, especially Tofu and Soba. But the quality of tempura is not as good as before. I would like to have a simple Chawanmushi if possible.

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s
London
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 2

not well-trained staff.
they think guests are very close friend. they should have some coutesy to costomer.
I think management doesn't pay attention to train staff.
it is a pity even though food is great.

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

Way too expensive for what ypu get

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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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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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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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