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Yashin Ocean House

Restaurants, Japanese South Kensington
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Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

A modern Japanese restaurant in Kensington.

Yashin Ocean House is a sophisticated Japanese restaurant with a focus on what it calls ‘head to tail’ dining, so expect unusual cuts of fish and meat, from cod cheek to pork shoulder. Inside, it’s very chic. There’s swish counter-seating, intentionally peeling plaster walls – and an enormous horse-shaped lamp (yes, really).

A plate of grilled octopus came slathered in a lip-smacking butter mixed with yuzu kosho, a Japanese condiment made up of garlic, chilli, and citrus juices. A padron pepper added a refreshing edge, and there was also a handy mound of sea salt flakes to season the tentacles. The vegetable tempura, which included battered ginger root, delivered deep-fried decadence. It also has an extensive sushi selection. Although not cheap (a dish of the chef’s choice of eight sushi rolls was £30), the presentation is on point and the results delicious. A roll of fresh tuna came with a dash of fiery wasabi sauce, while the seabass maki was served with an intriguing dollop of horseradish. Service here is swift and friendly – and there’s also a good range of Japanese wines and sake.

Yashin Ocean House does have some minor foibles. Some of the maki rolls lacked seasoning, and flavour combinations in desserts – Japanese twists on European classics – didn’t always work. An overly rich crème brulee, for instance, was overpowered by the matcha tea dusting on top.

Generally though, its imaginative takes on traditional dishes work. And while it’s fairly expensive, especially given the small portions, if it’s flare and creativity you’re after, you’re in the right place.

By: Ella Braidwood

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Address: 117-119 Old Brompton Road
London
SW7 3RN
Transport: Tube: Gloucester Road
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £160.
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Users say (6)

2 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

2.3 / 5

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One of the worst restaurant I ever tried in UK..  There were black little things floating on one of draft beer we ordered - we thought they were little flies so we asked for a new one.  And here comes another one but again, little black things floating on top of the froth. We had a better look this time and they were actually MOLDS from the pipe..  disgusting.  We should've left right then but we stayed and had lunch menu but the food was really disappointing.   Fish was not fresh (some of it smelled like fridge), miso cappucino was just not a good combination of tastes, and the service was not at all friendly and even offending.  The waiter didn't even say anything nor apologise when we asked to take away our moldy beer (twice!).  I had a nice meal at Yashin on High Street Kensington 3 years ago but I will never go back again.


A great evening! I'm a huge fan of Japanese food and although this is not the place to go for traditional sushi & sashimi it wows in every other way! All the staff were friendly and very knowledgeable, the decor is warm and brilliant although we were a table of 6 so didn't sit at the bar It would be the perfect place for a couple to enjoy a few bites and one of their cocktails. The food was a theatre experience using dry ice, twisting the conventional Japanese cuisine to new levels. It isn't cheap but if you're someone who enjoys the whole restaurant experience like me definitely worth a visit!

A really really fun evening!


Not quality price. Ive been to the one in high st kensington which was much better.I love see food and I leave nxt door but  I will never go back.


very poor food compared to the original yashin w8. they are trying to hard and loosing the japanese touch. little food portions served on massive plates - the combo of fish + various flavours of veggie/fruits/pickles didnt always work. wont go back to sw7 branch for sure.


Probably the worst meal we've ever had! The tuna smelled and tasted like dog food, the eel was inedible, the service was ridiculously bad! Do not eat here!!


Being a regular patron at and vocal supporter of Yashin's High St Ken sushi restaurant since it opened, I was delighted to hear 6 months ago that Yashin Ocean House was in the pipeline. Even after 6 months of waiting, Ocean House was so much more than I ever expected. The decor is beautiful - simple and well thought out, with some quirky touches such as the stunning turquoise bar and the glass cabinet in the centre of the room filled with dry aged fish, hanging on hooks ready to be transformed into delicious delights by the two head chefs/owners. The food is wonderful - tapas style dishes ordered from a menu which is segmented by the area of the fish you're eating, including blood, skin, neck and bones. Sounds quirky and if I dare say it, a little too adventurous for most. Don't be fooled! The 'neck' dish I tried (Grilled Dry Aged Yellow Tail Kama) was incredible - rich and almost meaty. The menu is small enough to make it easy to choose (and feel reassured the kitchen knows what it's doing) and wide enough to ensure there's something for everyone. If you enjoy fish and Japanese food, this is definitely worth a try. Opening night was filled with a buzzing smartly dressed Kensington crowd, all of whom left smiling and satisfied. Service was subtle, friendly, attentive and well organised (for a first night!). I truly recommend booking a table at Yashin Ocean House before they're awarded a Michelin star (or two). Then it'll probably take you 2 months to get a table. I'm really delighted for the two chef/owners - bravo! Nobu, Roka, you should be worried. There's a newer, fresher, slicker establishment in town!

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