Review on Yen London
Having made a big impression when it first launched in 2000 in the fashionable Paris neighbourhood of Saint-Germain-de-Pres, Yen chose London for its second venue. A fine-dining Japanese restaurant specialising in hand-made Soba noodles, it's located in the flagship 190 Strand development on the corner of The Strand and Aldwych.
Inside the mezzanine cocktail bar with its perforated Japanese inspired maple window screens, leads out onto an outdoor terrace, while the main dining room is downstairs accessed via a lightweight floating timber staircase. It has a stripped-back look with bespoke Italian designed grey and maple chairs and well-spaced tables, together with an eight-seater sushi counter made from yellow cedar timber. The noodle-making area is behind a glass-walled space, where you can watch the skilled chefs prepare noodles twice daily.
When it comes to their buckwheat soba noodles there's cold soba and duck, or you could opt for the hot soba with scallops and seaweed in broth. Elsewhere there's sushi, sashimi, and tempura, alongside dishes such as chargrilled chicken marinated in red miso or from the sea chargrilled fresh eel shirayaki cooked on the robata grill.
There's a substantial saké list, Japanese whiskies and signature cocktails to accompany the extensive wine list that specialises in Burgundy grapes.
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 2.30pm Tue-Sat
Dinner: 6.00 - 10.30pm Mon-Sat
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express