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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Jason Atherton’s inspirational foray into Japanese cuisine

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At a glance

Tasting menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge
Credit cards accepted

‘Social’ is the link that binds Jason Atherton's numerous culinary enterprises, pronounced here in the Japanese fashion as the banner for his unique take on the casual Japanese izakaya-style restaurant and bar theme. The traditional Japanese design influence is clear in the minimalist aesthetic of the whole operation, with latticed screens breaking up the space, and an urban-cool Tokyo-inspired cocktail bar in the basement. Alex Craciun is adept in Japanese culinary ways and leads the brigade of knife-wielding chefs who deliver exemplary sushi, sashimi and refined, highly-detailed, Instagram-ready dishes. You might set out with broccoli tempura with pungent kimchi dressing and aged parmesan, or tuna tartare with caviar and brioche, then look to the hibachi grill for perfectly seared Wagyu rib-eye pointed up with ginger, garlic crisps, onion and sesame. Fish, too, is a strong draw – perhaps grilled cod marinated in sweet soy and boosted with pickled shimeji mushroom and seaweed salad. To finish, chocolate and sesame roll with warm whisky sauce might tempt. The impeccable wine list is rivalled by an impressive roster of 50-plus sakes.

Opening hours

  • Closed: Christmas, Bank holidays
  • Days closed: Sunday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.15
  • Dinner served from: 5.30
  • Dinner served until: 10

Chef

  • Chef(s): Alex Craciun, Jason Atherton

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Japanese
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 11
  • Wines over £30: 110
  • Wines by the glass: 13

Price guide

  • Starter from: £8
  • Main course from: £19
  • Dessert from: £9
  • Tasting menu from: £45
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 74
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 6
  • Off-site parking available: On street

Getting here

Nearest train station

Farringdon
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