Somerset House is a lovely place to locate a restaurant and this is a lovely room to dine in, unfortunately the food was very average and expensive .
I was pretty disappointed with my dishes, the scallops were just okay and my guinea fowl was overcooked and came with too much of the beetroot and tomato sauce.
This place is quite good as it serves a lot of sushi but with some cooked and more complex dishes as well; so you get to try a lot of stuff.
The sushi is very good but not up there with the best. However, if you want to go to only one high end Japanese place and get a decent range of dishes then this would be a good shout. However, if you can go you to both, for example, and Sawada and RyuGin
These are just some of the dishes we got served:
The view from the New York Grill or Bar is just to die for, it is just worth going for a drink to experience it. The menu is basically an expanded steak house one. The Japanese beef here was very good but nothing on Dons. This place is very expensive.
Octopus and Seabass Ceviche, Aji Amarillo Marinade, Lime, Red Onions, Coriander
Fresh Burrata Cheese, Roasted Beetroot, Lemon Pickles, Basil
Yonezawa Sirloin 190g
Sendai Tenderloin 160g
Asparagus, Lemon, Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Sauteed Spinach, Olive Oil, Garlic
Scores: 3 M*
RyuGin is a modern kaiseki restaurant that now has a branch in HK as well as in this orginal one in Roppongi. The food here was superb from start to finish (excluding the milt which was ‘fine’- as good as it can be for my palate). The food was slightly more inventive than Kitcho in Kyoto but still relied on great ingredients and subtle but effective flavour combinations.
Sea Urchins and Turnip
Cod fish milt / Abalone
Matsuba crab clear soup
Ocean’s delicacy array of 7 plates
Kinki fish from Hokkaido stuffed with grilled egg plant
Sanuki olive beef on stoneware in sukiyaki style with onion and watercress
Wild eel “Kabayaki Don style, egg’tofu chrysanthemum soup and pickles
Nana yatsuhashi with tangerine and sweet osmanthus
Scores: 2 M*
This was the best sushi that I have never had. Out of this world tuna, huge grilled prawns and some Edomae style preparations were just some of the many treats that we were served.
Sawada did this best to talk to us in his limited English and gave us our napkins to take away.
Why this does not have 3 stars is a mystery.
Scores: 2 M*
We had a top class meal at the new L’Osier. This would be regarded as great French food anywhere in Europe- after we left we said it was probably a solid 2 star restaurant so I was not that surprised when it received 2 stars in the guide a couple of weeks later.
Excellent service, especially from the friendly French manager.
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This Chinese place does great, huge gyoza, it is situated in Ginza. Be careful one portion is 8 dumplings and they are big!