We found a deal for this place through Toptable, which gets you 50% off food. It's quite a big restaurant, but rather empty on a Saturday for lunch. We ordered both the prawn and the vegetable tempura for starters, then the Sushi Moriawase and the Dragon Roll for mains. I don't think it was anything special as far as Japanese food goes, but it's a nice establishment with enough space so that you don't feel crowded against the next diner and open windows to people-watch everyone walking by on Upper Street. I also got the fried rice which is surprisingly nice (it's not just a plain side, it's well cooked enough to be a main dish, in my opinion) and I also highly recommend getting the jasmine tea (comes in a big traditional teapot).
The boyfriend and me stumbled into Sen Nin for dinner yesterday, because of him having vague memories of the place having Teppanyaki at the table and the experience being quite scenic and ejoyable.
So, apparently that feature is long gone, and we're left in a very non-authentic feeling, oddly empty at dinner time Japanese restaurant. Nevermind.
The menu was quite small but at the same time confused, ranging from a tiny, MASSIVELY overpriced selection of sushi and sashimi items, none of which were any more creative than the usual salmon, tuna, prawn nigiri, to some noodle dishes and Thai curries (?!).
Having a feeling for what was going to happen, and also being quite a small girl on a January "try to shed the Christmas weight" half-hearted resolution, I try and keep the ordering to the minimum and only get a bowl of plain rice and some salmon sashimi, while my boyfriend orders a chicken noodle dish.
The waiter that looked after us (possibly the manager?) kept telling me that what I ordered wasn't enough for one person, and suggesting he'll have a sashimi platter made for me, which I thought was really rude! Even after I remarked, more than once that yes, I know what sashimi is, and yes, I've had it many many times before, and no, I didn't want any more food, he didn't seem convinced.
My food was average at the very best, and my boyfriend's chicken noodle dish was just plain gross. The portion was pretty tiny, and it was priced at a mind-blowing £13, considering I couldn't have distinguished it from the cheapest Chinese take-away noodle dish.
Also, despite us being basically the only customers there, it was really hard to get the waiter's attention when we were ready to pay and finally leave the place. Despite the terrible, rude service we had to pay a service charge, which I really resented considering how awful the whole experience was.
Definitely never coming back, and had to forget about the whole experience thanks to the delicious cocktails at The Four Sisters next door, review to follow :)
Run, run run!
Great spot, delicious and very reasonably priced considering the quality. Came in randomly and it was top quality sushi. I had the California roll which was made fresh in front of me, massively recommend it, and my boyfriend the spicy beef salad. We both loved it and will be back. My new favourite on upper st.
This place is so mediocre... their sashimi is decent enough, the unagi nigiri is ok, although it could benefit from more taste. The nigiri sushi is a total rip off here. Expensive, with small pieces of fish. The Gyoza are completely forgettable (very slimy), and the so called japanese pancakes have way too much mayonnaise (huh??). The spicy tuna isn't spicy. Booooooring !!!!
The house sake is drinkable, but nothing to write home about, although at 10£ per 250ml, you'd expect it to be the good stuff, which it ain't.
As I said. Mediocre, overall. Pfff. #wasteofmoney
This place is in our neighborhood, but I was never really curious enough to try it. When it showed up on a voucher site and had a total revamp, I figured, why not. I had a voucher for a £45 meal (per person) for the price of £20 per person. So I expected to be eating what would have been a £45 meal.
Maybe I'm being nice by giving it 2 stars...
The service was bad. It seemed kind of lazy. The restaurant was only half full (or half empty), and the two waiters were having a really hard time coping. I'd have more sympathy, but they did a really lousy job with everything-- from serving food on time to setting down the utensils. They thought they could make everything better by saying that our food was coming soon, when it wasn't. I could tell we weren't the only unhappy costumers.
Our meal came with a margarita, soup, a salad or roll, and a "premium" dish. All of the portions were tiny. The roll looked like it was slapped together. And my "premium" black cod was two thinly sliced cod steaks, which were at best, just okay. And this meal was supposed to be £45! We would've been ripped off. It was clear they knew we were voucher customers. Ya know, if they left a better impression on me, I would've gladly come back. It was clearly a lost opportunity for them.
We left really disappointed. Now I'm not so curious any more.
Seriously unimpressive for sushi.
I came in here on a Sunday afternoon with someone who told me it was good for bento. When we sat down, we saw some other people finishing up what appeared to be bento boxes, but when we looked at the menu, it only had starters and sushi on it.
We just went with the flow and ended up ordering a load of sushi that ended up being quite expensive, as sushi tends to be. The seaweed salad wasn't available, which I thought a bit odd for a sushi restaurant. They brought us gyoza instead of yakotori. Then they brought us prawn tempura instead of vegetable tempura.
A couple sat down about midway through our meal and asked the host, straight up, why he hadn't given them the special Sunday menu. Thus solving the mystery about where the bento boxes were.
By this time, my companions and I had eaten just about all the things that arrived at our table and - by the way - were completely underwhelmed by everything. Considering we paid £80 for our meal, hearing that there was a special menu on that we weren't told about at the start was a real kicker.
If you run specials, you should tell your customers about them - because the ones who just randomly settle on your establishment will assuredly hear about these specials at some point during their meal, be thoroughly pissed off, and then leave less-than-complimentary reviews on Yelp.
No one was Japanese at this place, not the chef nor any of the waiting staff. The Teppanyaki chef there was trying really hard to be entertaining, waving the knives and forks about for the cooking, but that's just NOT the Japanese way - they don't show off, it's an art to them and it's definitely not a light entertainment.
The guy decided to flick some eggs about to show us a few tricks - which was fun - but then he just chucked it down the drain! What a waste!
The second time he tried to show off was to flick some eggs at my friend - to see if she would catch it with her mouth. He ended up flicking his whole KNIFE at her body......that was shocking and lucky for him, nothing happened and we were the only customers left by then.
Ok fine, maybe he was tired and god knows how many flicks and tricks he's had to do the whole day - but then don't bother showing off! There's really no need to start chucking your knives at the clientele........
Anyway the food was just crap as well - fresh I guess but the Wagyu beef was a bit overcooked and the taste of everything we had ordered (lobster, scallops and black cod) was just really bland and boring. It also wasn't good value either because it's actually quite expensive for London - with the air of just a fast food joint. Definitely won't be here again!
Say what you want about teppanyaki, that's it's a fad, it's overpriced. Whatever. I had one of the best meals I've eaten in ages and it was because of a crazy little chef called Leo.
He clapped, he flirted, he made the whole table laugh and bond. He gyrated, he grinded a little and gave a lotta bang for our buck. At these places, who you get as a chef is really important. You can have a quiet meal or you can have a chef like Leo pretending to be a pole dancer, winking and calling everyone baby.
And the food. ZOMG! We ordered the seafood gyoza and the tempura to start, these were good but mediocre. But the egg fried rice, he whipped up in front of us was a dream. The squid and the red snapper... amazing. But the king prawns and the lobster were the best I've ever tasted.
The prices are not cheap, but not exorbitant and they are generous with the portions. You will not regret splurging a little for SEN-NIN.
Just make sure you ask for Leo, he'll show you a good time ;-)
I have to say I had wanted to enter Sen Nin and get a feeling of Teppaniaky for a long time.
Passing by the windows and seeing the fire flames behind the Cook / MC's back was quite impressive.
So when we entered the restaurant, I had great expectations... and was not disappointed !!!
The teppaniaky meal deal is a bit pricey (20£), but worth it, with the show and all. We tried the chicke, beek and squid, and the three of them were perfectly cooked with amazing sauces.
The squid on its own was really impressive, very nicely presented.
Sushi was great as well.
As we were with more mature people as well, I was afraid the whole show thing would be too much and a bit overwhelming, but in fact it was a great part of the meal, and only lasted some 10 minutes.
I'll go there again - possibly with visiting friends and family !
Not cheap, but definitely an unusual night out, particularly with a couple of friends if you can find enough of them to fill a table (10 places per table).
The chef we had was extremely entertaining and the food was cooked very well (though the quality of some of the fish we ordered was a little lower than we'd hoped). The sushi was good as well.
We paid about £35 each for the 4 fish teppanyaki with egg fried rice, tempura prawns, salmon sushi and 2 drinks, but this was still fairly good value for the huge amount of food we were given. Not a cheap night out by any means, but definitely one to visit again with friends.
From the interesting interior to the seats around the teppanyaki, this is a great place to eat if you want a different atmosphere from the usual conveyor belt Japanese restaurants.
I went with a friend, not a group, and it was perfect for just the two of us. Our chef did his magic at the teppanyaki and our food was perfect - fresh, tasty and filling.
We had their lunchtime special, which was around £10 each, excluding drinks. Definitely a restaurant I will be returning to.
Nothing special here. Average sushi.
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