Time Out says
A super-sleek Japanese fusion restaurant.
Rendered sleek, smart and stylish to within an inch of its life, this Japanese fusion restaurant teeters on being a bit too tasteful. With the exception of a dinky origami chopstick rest, which appeared courtesy of a shoo-in for London’s most charming waiter, it was just a bit characterless. Luckily, it bucked the usual restaurant trend of smarter the place, smaller the portions; flavours were pretty on the mark too.
Filo Shrimp Tempura, wrapped in angel hair vermicelli instead of the traditional batter, was crunchy and delicious, and came with a nicely spiced mayo. Crispy Calamari with black olives, if a little oily, was still light – although without the dipping sauce, it would have been bland. It was the wild card order that proved the winner: Shiromi Yuzu Tomato. The thought of crushing delicate sashimi with tomato and truffle sounded so intriguingly awful that I had to try it. Clean-tasting and tart, it rested on a wonderful granita flavoured with shiso (a Far Eastern member of the mint family) and the whole dish was beautifully balanced. However, things took a turn for the disappointing when the signature sushi arrived. An exhausting smorgasbord of flavours, it was trying way too hard.
If Oliver Maki were to heed Coco Chanel’s advice (‘Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off’) and lose some unnecessary ingredients, it might just turn out to be brilliant.
33 Dean St
|Transport:||Tube: Tottenham Court Road or Leicester Square|
|Price:||Meal for two with drinks and service: around £110.|
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Users say (23)
Average User Rating
4.7 / 5
- 5 star:17
- 4 star:5
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This place is exactly what you want a restaurant to be - superior food and service but without all with the stuffiness. In fact, you could easily come here after work but it'd also make a great place for special occasions where you might want to impress. If you do the latter, go for the "jewel box" - it's sushi served a creative twist and will get you brownie points before you've even tucked in the mains.
Dining in Soho is always great fun as long as I'm not standing in a queue! Fortunately Oliver Maki operate a booking system! Plus points, the service and tasting menu we had was excellent and the tasting menu is to be recommended!
The combination of high quality ingridients mixed with skilled chefs and a modernist aproch is always a winning combination
One of my very favourite restaurants in London. Amazing sparkling sake and the most delicious sesame bread
Oliver Maki's unique take on Japanese cuisine makes eating there exciting and beyond satisfying every single time. Love this restaurant - one of my all-time favourites!
We enjoyed at Oliver Maki, fantastic food and outstanding presentation was the yummiest dessert I have eaten in a long time!! Amazing a lovely warm welcome and helpful by Joe. We cant wait to go back to try more.
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