Sosharu

Restaurants, Japanese Farringdon
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The latest Jason Atherton restaurant, serving pimped-up Japanese ‘pub’ food.

You know how Kris Jenner names daughters? As in, Kourtney, Khloe, Kim, Kylie and Kendall (where have you been, living under a rock?). Well, that’s how acclaimed chef Jason Atherton names his restaurants. He likes to keep things ‘Social’, from Pollen Street Social to Social Wine and Tapas, or my personal favourite, Social Eating House. Luckily for Atherton, that’s where the comparison with the Kardashians ends, because unlike the internet-breaking attentionistas, the Social family are restrained and intelligent, and this latest baby is no different. What is different is the cuisine: Sosharu serves modern Japanese. But then, you’d already guessed that.

They’ve done the smart thing and carved up the room’s industrial proportions using suspended wooden beams (kind of like eating in a giant four-poster bed) and Oriental lattice screens for intimacy. Do check out the counter bar (outstay your allotted two hours and you’ll be moved here anyway), so you can watch metal-chopstick-wielding chefs arrange the fiddliest of ingredients with astonishingly steady hands. It’ll make you want to jump up and challenge them to a game of Operation (don’t: you’ll only lose).

Every plate is a thing of beauty, its flavours as intriguing. Take the must-order ‘open’ tuna temaki, (pictured above): a twist on a traditional handroll, the seaweed wrapper comes tempura-battered (it really works) and set into a ‘U’ shape, much like a hard taco. It’s then filled with perfect sushi rice, raw tuna, shredded scallion, salty fish roe and radish slivers for a riot of colour, texture and flavour. And that’s before you even add a squirt of spicy mayo, which comes in a teeny-tiny catering bottle for maximum cuteness. I also loved the chicken skewers: one of ‘skin’ (crisp, fatty, delicious), the other a dense ‘meatball’, both served with a glistening whole egg yolk suspended over yakitori sauce (you mix this all up, then use it as an ultra-rich dipping sauce). Only scallops, overwhelmed by their too-sharp accompaniments, were less than perfect. But that’s me being picky.

Service is flawless – though you’d hope so at these prices, which for what’s essentially pimped-up izakaya (Japanese ‘pub’) food is definitely on the expense-account-or-special-occasion end of the scale. Still, you get what you pay for – right down to the awesome pre-warmed loos – so if you’re looking to splurge, Sosharu won’t disappoint.

By: Tania Ballantine

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Venue name: Sosharu
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Address: 64 Turnmill St
London
EC1M 5RR
Transport: Tube: Farringdon
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Dee
Tastemaker

This is my kind of restaurant! Great ambience, awesome sounding drinks menu - which I unfortunately couldn't try other than the non-alcoholic bubble tea - Fukushima- , the delicious looking lunch bento box with some of the best fried chicken with cute little pickles on the side. I've found the noodle that came with the lunch box a little to heavy. But I kept peeking into what other tables got served and everybody seemed pleased so overall it is a place I would want to bring my friends to impress! And to try the rest of the drinks menu! :)

NakedPRGirl Claire
Tastemaker

This is a fancy little place if ever I've seen one which I was introduced to by my friend Michael who knows EVERYTHING there is to know about premium restaurants. I know a little less so I will let the pictures do the talking. This is placed super close to Farringdon and is a trendy joint. We sat at the counter which I loved so I could look at exactly what they were up to! I enjoyed the service and I really needed those explanations for the dishes (one of which was a little spicier than anticipated). The wine menu was VAST and I just went for fizz in the end. I really enjoyed it and fish dishes plus tempura were excellent, but even more for having Michael as my food guide for the night.

Bonnie W
Tastemaker

Sosharu is a beautiful restaurant tucked behind Farringdon station. You enter through a curtain into an airy minimalist dining room with a long bar at the back and lovely simple wooden furniture. As soon as we sat down we were brought steaming hand towels which was such a nice touch. The menu is made up of a range of different sharing plates including open temaki which are kind of like sushi tacos. They recommend six to seven dishes for two people to share. There were no vegetarian symbols on the menu and when I asked whether the kim chi had fish in it I was told no. Unfortunately it did contains pieces of sardine and three staff did not know this even when we showed them the pieces of fish. The manager eventually confirmed with the kitchen but it wasn't taken off our bill until we asked. Apart from the mushroom rice bowl being too salty, the rest of the food was delicious. The Asian pear and avocado salad was really fresh and crisp and the grilled aubergine was well cooked with radish and greens to garnish it. The avocado tempura came with a creamy sauce, soy type sauce and three salts for dipping including a wasabi salt which was a great touch. The food was served on so many nice dishes - some pottery and others with blue and white painted patterns. The cocktails were beautifully presented with all different types of flowers and berries to garnish them. For dessert we tried the chocolate sesame roll and matcha mille feuille which I preferred. A visit to Sosharu is not complete without a trip to the toilets as they have Toto Japanese toilets with all the extras including heated seats and a lid which closes on its own so the seat can be cleaned. The cost definitely adds up but for the quality of food and relaxed atmosphere I thought it was worth it.

Kateryna V
Tastemaker

I have been a fan of Jason Atherton's for a while now. I love his social-eating concept. I love the execution. I love how the bars at his restaurants (The Blind Pig at the Social Eating House!) are tastefully both a part of the restaurant and their own thing, with awesome bar snacks to match great drinks. So naturally I was looking forward to visiting Sosharu. Atherton is venturing into unfamiliar Japanese waters here, but does so with confidence. Japanese cuisine is one of my favorites. I love sushi and ramen and thought it a bit disappointing Sosharu is not serving any. But it is, you see, an izakaya. Now izakayas are supposed to be rather cheap and serve Japanese pub grub. But, let's be honest, we didn't really expect cheap from the man behind Berner's Tavern? He does deliver on all other fronts - Japanese pub grub it is, but with a flare. Tempura, skewers, some soba noodles and pot dishes - everything we tried was fantastic, well executed with a special Atherton's touch and fresh. And sashimi too (featuring different tuna varieties). So, again, no sushi and ramen. Disappointing in theory, but in practice I hardly noticed. I love the interiors too: timber, muted greens and yellows - exactly the colour combo I'd be going for if I were to do renovations now. And they have a sugar cube vending maching for those headache-inducing bubbly cocktails in the 7 Tales bar downstairs. So all in all, another winner! 

Frances A

This place has a great energy even as you walk in - I went with a girlfriend for some cocktails and snacks down at their secret cocktail bar, 7 Tales. The usually very simple Chicken Karaage passed the litmus test of balanced crispiness on the outside and juicy-ness on the inside. But what was really unique was the wagyu sausage slices - it's unexpected goodness in the mouth. Had a few good Japanese whiskies on hand (Nikka mostly) and my girlfriend ordered a very interesting cocktail in which upon serving the drink, you are also given a token that you slot into a small vending machine by the bar, that then dispenses the final ingredient to your cocktail. Who can say no to a little fun in the middle of drinks? Service was warm and prompt - definitely coming back for dinner soon!