It was a girl’s night out, to be filled with good food, alcohol and laughter. As most of us are foodies at heart, it didn't take long to decide on Yashin.
I was really looking forward to it after a tough week and it was a great way to start the weekend. Funnily enough my friend and I were late and it didn't help that we both went to the wrong Kensington station. So the poor girls who were already waiting had to wait a little longer for us to arrive. Sorry ladies!
We finally arrived and placed our orders. Some of us went for The Yashin at £60 and the rest went for Omakase 11 at £45.
We were served some amuse bouche next.
There was bite sized octopus and pork skin jelly with the third being omelette topped with shrimp.
Kaki Su £5.60
We also ordered some oysters to start.
Fresh oysters and the vinegar dressing was definitely refreshing and added a zing!
Yose Tofu £6.20
This was quite fun. The soy milk came in an earthen bowl and we were required to scoop the fish stock jelly which is dashi stock into the soy milk. This made me remembered a scene in Heston's 70s feast which I watched on telly last night where he did a similar version. The heat emanating from the soy milk melted the dashi jelly which trickled into the milk. Taste wise, it was a tad bland and nothing exciting. I was expecting an umami hit!
Next to arrive were the main stars.
Omakase Eleven £45 for 11 piece ensemble plus a roll of the day
‘The Yashin’ £60 for 15 pieces of exquisite sushi
It was a mix of some amazing ones and forgettable ones. The outstanding ones were the salmon with dashi stock, prawn sushi and yellow fin tuna. Sadly while the wagyu beef was good, there are better ones out there.
There is no doubt on the quality and taste. Yashin makes fantastic sushi and easily one of the best to be had in
. Unfortunately, you pay for it with the price. London
The girls who had the Yashin felt that they could have stuck to the Omakase 11 as it included the fantastic ones as well. To have to pay an additional £15 for an extra four pieces of while good but forgettable sushi was perhaps not of good value.
When you've had sushi as good as or even better than this at a fraction of the price in
Japan, I am happy to save and head on a trip again. Japan
Will I recommend: Yes but it comes with the £££
Will I come back: Yes but it won't be high on my list to come back
Have I had better: Yes
Yashin Sushi, 1A Argyll Road, High Street Kensington, London, W8 7DB