Tucked away near Farringdon station, resides Sosharu – a hidden gem of London. Jason Atherton’s restaurant portfolio is extensive and impressive, with a variety of restaurants scattered across London.
What you’ll find in Sosharu is fresh, quality ingredients; friendly and helpful waitstaff; and minimal, clean interior design – and it ranks as my favourite Japanese restaurant in London.
The a la carte menu changes to accommodate for seasonal produce, so hopefully any recommendations I make here are still on the menu or something similar. First, my favourite and best dish – their cold soba. The soba is presented on a traditional bamboo colander with a plate at the bottom to catch the melted ice water, served with deep fried vegetable tempura, a dipping sauce and other condiments – everything compliments each other. The soba has elasticity and bite, the tempura is crispy and not greasy or oily, complimenting the soba’s texture, and the dipping sauce coats the noodles and soaks into the tempura, giving you the ultimate bite of umami. Initially I was sceptical but I’ve only come back to order it again (and again).
As you can imagine, my next favourite is their tempura. So good that we ordered an additional dish of tempura with our cold soba. It was crispy, not soggy or oily. Both the vegetables and tempura batter was seasoned, not leaving any bite bland.
Another favourite was their octopus seaweed salad, it’s hard to explain how good this dish is, but it will just leave your mouth wanting more and more, wishing you had ordered another portion to share with the table. A must order if you are a fan of seafood.
Unfortunately, although their chashu pork belly ramen is very Instagrammable, resembling something from a Japanese anime, the ramen was average, and nothing special to report about it. The broth was very lack-lustre and didn’t leave me wanting more.
Other notable dish is the seafood clay rice pot. Unlike other restaurants with a similar menu item, Sosharu were very generous with the seafood, and not single thing was overcooked – something I find very often in other restaurants, where the seafood is extremely tough, chewy and bland. However I do believe they have removed it from their menu unfortunately and now only serve the chicken yakitori clay rice pot.
Save room for dessert and skip the temptation of ordering their matcha mille crepe and order their bingsu (shaved ice), with fresh strawberries, topped with strawberry sauce, matcha powder and icecream. You will not regret it. It’s definitely a treat.
64 Turnmill Street,
London, EC1M 5RR
[Note: Sosharu is now closed down, but they are currently looking for a new location!]