I’ve had Sosharu on my list of restaurants to try, but I have to say I did not actually plan to try Sosharu on this visit. I had initially intended to try Somsaa, and though it was a Saturday evening, my friend and I turn up at Somsaa at 6pm, but we were informed on our arrival that they were fully booked for all three sittings that evening. So on the off chance I called Sosharu to find out that they had a table available within 15 minutes – and luck was with us, so we hopped into a taxi to try Sosharu.
Sosharu, another restaurant venture of Jason Atherton, is a Japanese izakaya-style restaurant and bar in Clerkenwell, located quite close to Farringdon Station. Truthfully, I had not read up about it, and this was the rare time that I would enter a restaurant without having previously perused their menu offering. Additionally, in the taxi ride to Sosharu, I thought this was going to be a good test on their meet and greet service as I was so appropriately dress for a Saturday night out – walking shoes, jeans and comfy jumper!
Modern interior, and the first thing that struck me when shown to our table – too many tables in a small space. Our table for two had one party, myself, sitting pretty much sticking out into the walkway of the restaurant. The staff who helped me into my seat really wanted to push me against the table so that I would be sat with no room to manoeuvre and the walkway clear – luckily for her I was in a good mood otherwise the evening would have started off badly, and I just simply manoeuvred myself away from the table after she left us.
Distracted, I left my dining companion to charm the most charming of waiters, Sebastian 🙂 . Now what is it about being helped by a charming French man speaking English with a strong French accent that makes you feel at ease and smile?
As per usual both my companion and myself could order everything on the menu… so with a couple of definite ideas, we asked Sebastian for his recommendations. I like that the staff have actually tasted the dishes and can put their personal twist to their recommendations.
We ended up ordering seven dishes: Chilled – scallop tartare with fresh peas; Chilled – bream sashimi, shichimi crispy potato; Salad – asian pear & avocado, tofu dressing, toasted sesame seeds; Tempura – prawn & avocado tempura, kewpie mayonnaise & pineapple; Open Temaki – tuna scallion tobiko, sushi rice, spiced mayonnaise; Habachi Grill – Scallops, nori, sweet potato, white ponzu; and, Rice Pot – chicken yakitori, shishito pepper, slow cooked egg.
And so as you can see from the images above, some wonderful presentations of the dishes equally matched by their wonderful taste and texture!
We were surprised by the scallops with fresh peas as we did not expect the crunchiness, a great start to the tasting evening!
The bream sashimi was just perfect, the taste and texture combination just right.
Another notable is the tuna temaki. Admittedly I was a little disappointed by the presentation, a squeezy bottle of mayonnaise between the two tuna temaki, but this is necessary, the only way to add the mayonnaise to the temaki!
The scallop with nori and sweet potato – there was also a mandarin flavour to give it a kick, but we agreed that this was slightly too over powering for the scallops, if they could just take the impact of this down a bit, it would be perfect! I love the presentation of the scallops as well 🙂 .
I unfortunately was a bit late and missed getting an image of the chicken yakitori rice pot before the contents were mixed (distraction of Sebastian). However, this was a perfect dish to finish our main meal with. And this only left us with dessert which is a must even though we were now comfortably full.
The perfect solution, dessert to share, and taking up Sebastian’s personal favourite, we ordered the matcha mille crepe with matcha sorbet, some fresh mint tea, and genmaicha with matcha (brown rice green tea).
What can I say… we came to the point in the evening where we needed to vacate our table as the next sitting was due to arrive. The manager, perfectly charming and polite explained the situation which is always an art to present “bad news” to someone. We of course understood perfectly, since our dinners usually last well over 4 hours. I’m not too sure on the other clientèle… many I didn’t think were quite there to enjoy the food… and seemingly overly fussy…
I am definitely returning, so much more to try, and also the bar itself!
64 Turnmill Street,
London EC1M 5RR
Tel: 020 3805 2304
Monday – Thursday
Friday & Saturday