Yashin Ocean House
The Japanese fine dining spot that's rewriting the rules in the best possible way
There’s something incongruent about Yashin Ocean House. If it weren’t for the flashing of blades and the dehydrated hanging fish, you’d be forgiven for thinking it not a premium sushi house, but an original breed private members club. Interiors feature Edwardian tiles, an emerald-green bar and a life-size horse statute that doubles up as a lamp.
The collective of names that flurry around this place are a fitting pre-cursor: Nobu; Fat Duck; the late Yumi. Assume a state of ignorance, and the wealth of information that’s thrown your way is wonderful. There’s no soy sauce, and there’s no rice, but stick with us, because Yashin’s unconventional clout means that each and every dish ushers a chorus of oohs and ahhs. Expect offbeat offerings of cappuccino-inspired miso soup, topped with ginger tofu froth, delicately deep-fried mackerel spine, and sashimi that rears its head through thick billows of dried ice.
Prepare to talk about little else, other than what’s in front of you. These laboriously concocted creations deserve every ounce of your attention, and will doubtless compel you to reconsider the notion of Japanese dining.
Top Table: The kitchen is open plan, so the bar seats are prime spot.
Dress Code: Leave your kicks at home, and opt for something a little more refined.
117-119 Old Brompton Road, South Kensington, SW7 3RN
020 7373 3990